If you are a designer, developer or an artist, you might have been using the experimental Unity Editor that was made available for Linux. However, the experimental version wasn’t going to cut it forever – developers need a full stable experience to work.
So, they recently announced that you can access the full-fledged Unity Editor on Linux.
While this is an exciting news, what Linux distro does it officially support? Let us talk about a few more details…
Official Support for Ubuntu and CentOS 7
No matter whether you have a personal or a professional license, you can access the editor if you have Unity 2019.1 installed or later.
In addition, they are prioritizing the support for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, and CentOS 7.
In their announcement post, they also mentioned the configurations supported:
- x86-64 architecture
- Gnome desktop environment running on top of X11 windowing system
- Nvidia official proprietary graphics driver and AMD Mesa graphics driver
- Desktop form factors, running on device/hardware without emulation or compatibility layer
You can always try on anything else – but it’s better to stick with the official requirements for the best experience.
A Note on 3rd Party Tools
How to install Unity Editor on Linux
Now that you know about it – how do you install it?
To install Unity, you will have to download and install the Unity Hub.
Let’s walk you through the steps:
- Download Unity Hub for Linux from the official forum page.
- It will download an AppImage file. Simply, make it executable and run it. In case you are not aware of it, you should check out our guide on how to use AppImage on Linux.
- Once you launch the Unity Hub, it will ask you to sign in (or sign up) using your Unity ID to activate the licenses. For more info on how the licenses work, do refer to their FAQ page.
- After you sign in using your Unity ID, go to the “Installs” option (as shown in the image above) and add the version/components you want.
That’s it! This is the best way to get all the latest builds and get it installed in a jiffy.
Even though it is an exciting news, the official configuration support does not seem to be an extensive list. If you use it on Linux, do share your feedback and opinion on their Linux forum thread.
What do you think about that? Also, do you use Unity Hub to install it or did we miss a better method to get it installed?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.