General Information

Blender runs out of the box without installation procedure.

Just unpack the file you find in the download section and start Blender!

For convenience, Blender also ships as a Windows installer that registers icons and associates .blend files with it, but it’s not mandatory. You can unzip Blender on your Desktop and use it right away.


Supported Platforms

Blender is available for:

  • Windows Vista and above
  • macOS 10.6 and above
  • Linux

The Blender developer team welcomes all efforts to bypass issues with specific configurations, but we can only officially support the platforms that are in use by active developers.

Graphics

Blender 2.7x should run on all systems that support OpenGL 2.1 and above, with recent graphics drivers.
For Windows users, in case of problems try installing the latest drivers from the graphics card manufacturer website (Intel, NVIDIA or AMD).

Note: These requirements are valid for Blender 2.77 up to 2.79b. However, Blender 2.76 and earlier still supports Windows XP and OpenGL 1.4 graphics cards. Blender 2.8 requires OpenGL 3.3 or above.

Hardware requirements for Blender 2.7x

Minimum

  • 32-bit dual core 2Ghz CPU with SSE2 support
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 1280×768 Display
  • Mouse or trackpad
  • OpenGL 2.1 compatible graphics with 512 MB RAM

Recommended

  • 64-bit quad core CPU
  • 8 GB RAM
  • Full HD display
  • Three button mouse
  • OpenGL 3.2 compatible graphics with 2 GB RAM

Optimal

  • 64-bit eight core CPU
  • 16 GB RAM
  • Full HD displays
  • Three button mouse and graphics tablet
  • Dual OpenGL 3.2 compatible graphics cards with 4 GB RAM