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Unity 5 Editor - Native on Linux - The Unity 3D Game Engine


The Editor of the Game Engine Unity 5 is able to run native on Linux (64bit). It's not longer required to run it with wine.

On Plop Linux, you have to install PostgreSQL and Node.js to run the Unity Editor.

On troubles, see the file ~/.config/unity3d/Editor.log for more information.


How to install


Download the latest Unity Editor for Linux from the forum thread on the Unity Website Unity on Linux: Release Notes and Known Issues. Currently its unity-editor-5.4.0f3+20160727_amd64.deb.


Download postgresql-9.4.5.tar.bz2 or the latest version from https://www.postgresql.org/download/.

• Install PostgreSQL

tar xfjv postgresql-9.4.5.tar.bz2

cd postgresql-9.4.5

./configure --prefix=/opt && make

sudo make install

cd .. && rm -rf postgresql-9.4.5


Download node-v4.4.7.tar.gz or the latest version from https://nodejs.org/en/download/.

• Install Node.js

tar xfzv node-v4.4.7.tar.gz

cd node-v4.4.7

./configure --prefix=/opt && make

sudo make install

cd .. && rm -rf node-v4.4.7


• Install the Unity 5 Editor

dpkg -x unity-editor-5.4.0f3+20160727_amd64.deb unity5

sudo cp -avr unity5/{opt/*,usr/*} /opt

sudo chown root:root /opt/Unity/Editor/chrome-sandbox

sudo chmod 4755 /opt/Unity/Editor/chrome-sandbox

rm -rf unity5

Now you are able to start the Unity 5 Editor from the Application menu under Accessories/Unity.


Optional: Start from the command line


You can create a small script to start the Unity Editor from the command line.

File: /opt/bin/unity

/opt/Unity/Editor/Unity "$@"

Don't forget to sudo chmod 755 /opt/bin/unity



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