Install Blender 3D on Debian 10 (Buster)

Blender is an integrated 3D package for modeling, animation, rendering, post-production, interactive creation and playback (games). Blender has its own user interface that is fully OpenGL and designed with speed in mind. Python bindings are scriptable; The community has implemented import / export functionality for popular file formats such as 3D Studio and Wavefront Obj. Frames, animations, models for games or other third-party engines, and interactive content as a separate binary file are common products using Blender.

This article describes how to add / remove and launch a Blender application on your Debian via:

  • Blender Official Site (UI Based Installation)
  • Debian Software Manager (UI based installation)
  • From the Snap repository (command line installation)

We have followed the commands and procedures mentioned in this article on a Debian 10 Buster system.

Install the latest Blender 3D on Debian

Blender official website provides tar.bz2 downloads for the latest stable and beta versions of Blender from the following link

Click on the Download Blender link, or select a specific version from the Windows, macOS & Other Versions link. You can also be more adventurous and try the beta if it’s available on this site.

When you have selected a Blender version by clicking on it, the following dialog will appear:

Download dialogue

Select the Save File option and click OK to download the tar.bz2 file to your system. The file is about 137MB in size and may take a while to download, depending on your internet speed.

Next, open the location where you saved the file; by default, it is mostly saved in the Downloads folder.

Extract Download

Right click on the Blender tar.bz2 file and select “Extract Here” from the options. Once the files are extracted to a folder with the same name, open the folder and try to find the executable file “blender”.

Launch Blender 3D

Right click on the blender file and select Run from the options. This will launch the Blender application as follows:

Blender 3D

Every time you want to open / launch an application, you can launch the Blender file from the same location.

If you ever want to remove an application from your system installed using this method, you can simply delete the folder extracted from the tar.gz2 file.

Install Blender 3D via the Debian Software Manager

For someone who doesn’t really want to open the command line, installing software that is present in the official Debian repository through the user interface is very easy.

From the Actions toolbar / dock on the Debian desktop, click the Debian Software icon.

Software manager

In the next window, click on the search icon and type Blender in the search bar. The search results will contain the following Blender entry:

Blender 3D Debian Package

Select the Blender package maintained in the main Debian Stable repository. The following dialog will appear:

Install Blender 3D

Click the Install button to begin the installation process. The following authentication dialog will show you the option to provide your authentication credentials, since only an authorized user can install and configure software on Debian:

Authenticate as administrator

Enter your password and click the Authentication button. The installation process will then begin, displaying a progress bar as follows.

Installing Blender

Blender will be installed on your system and after successful installation you will receive the following message:

Launch Blender

In the above dialog, you can directly launch Blender and even uninstall it immediately for whatever reason.

Launch Blender 3D Application

You can launch Blender through the user interface at any time by entering the appropriate keywords in the Application Launcher search, or access it directly from the application list.

Blender Icon

Remove Blender 3D

You can uninstall Blender through the Software Manager by first searching with the Search button and then clicking the Uninstall button in the following window:

Remove Blender 3D app

A dialog will ask you if you are sure to remove the software from your system. Please click the Uninstall button to uninstall Blender. An authentication dialog will open where you can specify the authentication details for the sudo user, since only an authorized user can install software on Debian. Enter your password and click the Authentication button. This will begin the uninstallation process, removing Blender from your system.

Install Blender 3D via Debian Command Line

Open the Debian command line, Terminal, through the Application Launcher as follows:

Debian terminal

Then you can install Blender through the Snap repository by following these steps:

If Snap is not installed on your system, you can install it by running the following command:

$ sudo apt-get install snapd

Install Snap Daemon

Then enter the following command to install Blender via Snap:

$ sudo snap install blender --classic

Install Blender 3D using a snap

This will install the latest version of Blender available from the Snap store.

If you want to uninstall Blender installed using this method, you can do so with the following command:

$ sudo snap remove blender

Remove Blender 3D Snap

Please choose any of the methods that are suitable for you from those we have presented in this article. Then you can reliably work with its suite of tools to create and edit animations, visual effects, 3D models, video games, and more on your Debian.

Install Blender 3D on Debian 10 (Buster)