Yesterday Martin Best, Senior Technical Product Manager at Unity, briefly announced that the Unity Editor will now officially support Linux. Currently the Editor is available only on ‘preview’ for Ubuntu and CentOS, but Best has stated that it will be fully supported by Unity 2019.3. Another important note is to make sure that before opening projects via the Linux Editor, the 3rd-party tools also support it.
Unity has been offering an unofficial, experimental Unity Editor for Linux since 2015. Unity had released the 2019.1 version in April this year, in which it was mentioned that the Unity editor for Linux has moved into preview mode from the experimental status. Now the status has been made official.
Best mentions in the blog post, “growing number of developers using the experimental version, combined with the increasing demand of Unity users in the Film and Automotive, Transportation, and Manufacturing (ATM) industries means that we now plan to officially support the Unity Editor for Linux.”
The Unity Editor for Linux will be accessible to all Personal (free), Plus, and Pro licenses users, starting with Unity 2019.1. It will be officially supported on the following configurations:
- Ubuntu 16.04, 18.04
- CentOS 7
- 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
Users are quite happy that the Unity Editor will now officially support Linux.
A user on Reddit comments, “Better late than never.”
Another user added, “Great news! I just used the editor recently. The older versions were quite buggy but the latest release feels totally on par with Windows. Excellent work Unity Linux team!”
Awesome news! I can't wait to try it on Linux again!
— Fourth Woods Games (@FourthWoods) May 30, 2019
Excellent news, kudos!
Always great to see more industry standard tools embracing Linux, especially in the underserved creative space… looking at you @Adobe 😉
— limatangoalpha (@limatangoalpha) May 30, 2019
For the latest builds, check out the Unity Hub.
For giving feedback on the Unity Editor for Linux, head over to the Unity Forum page.