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Install Autodesk Maya 2017 on Ubuntu 17.04 & Ubuntu 16.04

Autodesk Maya 2017 recently released, is one of the most popular 3D computer graphics software used around the graphics world. Hence its currently owned and developed by Autodesk, and it runs on Windows, macOS as well as Linux. Furthermore, Maya 2017 is used to create stunning interactive 3D applications, including video games, animated film, TV series, as well as visual effects. Before we proceed on how to install Autodesk Maya 2017 on Ubuntu 17.04 and Ubuntu 16.04, lets take a quick look at Maya 2017 changes.

Install Autodesk Maya 2017

Autodesk Maya 2017 Notable Changes

  • It includes major workflow upgrades with new tools like the Time Editor. This is a comprehensive tool for creating as well as editing clip-based non-linear animation
  • Also it comes with new Render Setup system which simplifies the management of complex scenes with shot-based overrides as well as templates
  • In addition, grooming all types of hair and fur in XGen is easier and faster using new Interactive Groom Splines, which includes a set of intuitive brush-based tools
  • The new Motion Graphics features, includes the 3D Type Tool, the SVG Tool, as well as the MASH Procedural Effects Toolkit hence enabling you to create versatile motion design animations.
  • Finally, the new Content Browser, and new Workspaces capabilities let you personalize Maya

YouTube Video Walk-Through

How to install Autodesk Maya 2017 on Ubuntu 17.04 and Ubuntu 16.04

For the purpose of demonstration, I will be using the student license free trial copy which you can register and download from Autodesk website

  • Create a working directory
mkdir -p ~/Downloads/maya2017install

cd ~/Downloads/maya2017install
  • Download as well as unzip Maya install package
wget http://edutrial.autodesk.com/NET17SWDLD/2017/MAYA/ESD/Autodesk_Maya_2017_EN_JP_ZH_Linux_64bit.tgz

tar xvf Autodesk_Maya_2017_EN_JP_ZH_Linux_64bit.tgz
  • Next install required dependencies
# For Ubuntu 17.04, install this
sudo apt-get install -y libssl1.0.0 gcc libssl-dev libjpeg62 alien csh tcsh libaudiofile-dev libglw1-mesa elfutils libglw1-mesa-dev mesa-utils xfstt ttf-liberation xfonts-100dpi xfonts-75dpi ttf-mscorefonts-installer libfam0 libfam-dev libgstreamer-plugins-base1.0-dev

# For Ubuntu 16.04, install this
sudo apt-get install -y libssl1.0.0 gcc libssl-dev libjpeg62 alien csh tcsh libaudiofile-dev libglw1-mesa elfutils libglw1-mesa-dev mesa-utils xfstt ttf-liberation xfonts-100dpi xfonts-75dpi ttf-mscorefonts-installer libfam0 libfam-dev libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-0

wget http://launchpadlibrarian.net/183708483/libxp6_1.0.2-2_amd64.deb

sudo dpkg -i libxp6_1.0.2-2_amd64.deb
  • Convert RPM files into DEB files. Note this stage does take a little bit more time to complete, so be patient or go grab a coffee.
sudo alien -cv *.rpm
  • Let’s install Maya. Follow the on screen setup to complete installation. You will be prompted to enter serial and product keys which was made available during sign-up.
sudo dpkg -i *.deb
echo "int main (void) {return 0;}" > mayainstall.c
gcc mayainstall.c
sudo mv /usr/bin/rpm /usr/bin/rpm_backup
sudo cp a.out /usr/bin/rpm

# make setup executable
sudo chmod +x ./setup
sudo ./setup
sudo rm /usr/bin/rpm
sudo mv /usr/bin/rpm_backup /usr/bin/rpm

Fix some identified issues

  • Fix some startup errors
# create symbolic link for libs
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libtiff.so.5.2.4 /usr/lib/libtiff.so.3
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libssl.so /usr/autodesk/maya2017/lib/libssl.so.10
# create symbolic link for libcrypto
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libcrypto.so /usr/autodesk/maya2017/lib/libcrypto.so.10

# make a tmp directory and set permission
sudo mkdir -p /usr/tmp
sudo chmod 777 /usr/tmp

# make a maya directory and set permission
sudo mkdir -p ~/maya/2017/
sudo chmod 777 ~/maya/2017/
  • Fix Segmentation Fault Error
echo "MAYA_DISABLE_CIP=1" >> ~/maya/2017/Maya.env
  • Fix Color Managment Errors
echo "LC_ALL=C" >> ~/maya/2017/Maya.env
chmod 777 ~/maya/2017/Maya.env
  • Maya Camera Modifier Key
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences mouse-button-modifier "<Super>"
  • Ensure that Fonts are Loaded
xset +fp /usr/share/fonts/X11/100dpi/
xset +fp /usr/share/fonts/X11/75dpi/

# Update the X11 logical font
xset fp rehash
  • To fix “error while loading shared libraries: libtiff.so.3: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libtiff.so.5 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libtiff.so.3

Launch Maya and you should have it running with ease. Note I am running this on a Virtualbox so might expect some graphics related errors but Maya still runs.

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Comment below if you run into any install issue.

Credit to borgfriend for the Maya 2017 install script

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kshitij
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kshitij

Thank u very very much.
This was very helpful and i was searching for long .
No errors

Muhammad Haroon Awan
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Muhammad Haroon Awan

hye..i am a windows user and 3D artist and i want to shift from windows to Linux can i install Autodesk maya and other applications like keyshot and zbursh etc in Linux…is it good to shift from windows to Linux ?

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Hi, yes you can install maya on linux but at the moment keyshot zbrush is not supported on Linux. You may get a way with using winehq but no guarantee it would work.

Muhammad Haroon Awan
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Muhammad Haroon Awan

ok…Butt what about Photoshop and illustrator ?
is it good to shift Linux OS…i heard we dont need of drivers and free from virus 🙂
what about Maya run smoothly on Linux ?

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Hi, when it comes to linux there are many alternative apps that does same type of function like some of the softwares you mentioned. Not all popular windows apps are ported to linux yet so you have to search and try different alternatives to see which suits your need. This is no different from mac but mac has more advantage because its user base is larger than linux. Maya runs fine from the best of my knowledge. I don’t use it so can’t give you a cokplete answer. With regards to switching over to linux, its depends on your desired… Read more »
Muhammad Haroon Awan
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Muhammad Haroon Awan

Sounds good brother 🙂
i’ll try to shift on Linux-OS and i’ll try winehq then see what will happens 🙂

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Great that would be a good start. GL and let me know how it goes.

Allan Braga
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Allan Braga

I did everything but when finish I didn’t find the maya to run. Where is it?

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Admin

OK have you tried typing maya in terminal and enter?

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Anna
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Anna

i installed it, but when i type maya: command not found

Admin
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Admin

Whats OS did you install it on and what version of Maya?

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nishanth
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nishanth

how to download autodesk maya 2015 in kali linux ,pls help me

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Admin

Have you followed the same steps outlined here?

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I am using Kali Linux and auto desk 2015 . Can’t installed

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nishanth
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nishanth

successfully installed but, “echo “MAYA_DISABLE_CIP=1” >> ~/maya/2017/Maya.env “this command to ” bash: /root/maya/2017/Maya.env: No such file or directory ” error message will displayed.

Admin
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Admin

Did you run these lines:

sudo ln -s /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libtiff.so.5.2.4 /usr/lib/libtiff.so.3
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libssl.so /usr/autodesk/maya2017/lib/libssl.so.10
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libcrypto.so /usr/autodesk/maya2017/lib/libcrypto.so.10
sudo mkdir -p /usr/tmp
sudo chmod 777 /usr/tmp
sudo mkdir -p ~/maya/2017/
sudo chmod 777 ~/maya/2017/

nishanth
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nishanth

while , i close the terminal and how to continue the last working process. for example : installing maya this error will happen then i closed the terminal and i will open the terminal another time ,i will continue the process . while any problem will happen ?

nishanth
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nishanth

all done no error message will displayed but in system any more can’t find maya software . including maya source also is gone.

nishanth
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nishanth

sudo alien -cv *.rpm this line to :
LANG=C rpm -qp –queryformat %{NAME} ‘adlmapps12-12.0.32-0.x86_64.rpm’
sh: 1: rpm: not found
Error executing “LANG=C rpm -qp –queryformat %{NAME} ‘adlmapps12-12.0.32-0.x86_64.rpm'”: at /usr/share/perl5/Alien/Package.pm line 489.

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Admin

I think you missed some steps. can you try the install again

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Maysam
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Maysam

Hi,
I installed Maya2016 on linux mint 18.2 but when I run ‘maya’ in the terminal I’m getting this error:
/usr/autodesk/maya2016/bin/maya.bin: error while loading shared libraries: libcurl.so.4: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
I’m totally new in linux world, so, would u please explain what should I do to fix this error in most newbie way 🙂
Thanks a lot.

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Admin

was there any errors during the installation? Also what directory was it installed on?

Maysam
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Maysam

No error during installation. Its installed in: /usr/autodesk/maya/bin/maya

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Floribert
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Floribert

I’ve got the same trouble.

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Admin

OK not sure why you are having issue but will do a video tutorial using the same steps I have outlined and let you know when posted

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Danni Coy
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Danni Coy

I was under the impression that Autodesk only licenses Maya for linux if you are a studio but not as an individual user. Is this still the case?

dCo3lh0
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dCo3lh0

I did install here, got some problems here and there, but is running, however marking menus do not work and that must be because of PyQt4 and Pyside2, anyways, i did some search and found this, maybe you people get something from this…

http://around-the-corner.typepad.com/adn/2017/06/how-to-build-pyqt5-for-autodesk-maya-2017-64bit.html

Admin
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Admin

Thanks for the additional article.

Mihir
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Mihir

i am getting a error while opening maya which is “failed to load color” somthing like this. what should i do

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