July 14, 2020

Blender add-ons - how to pick and install the best ones

Piotr Chomczyk
Piotr Chomczyk

Blender addons are secondary scripts created by the Blender community to improve or extend some of the official Blender functionalities.

It might often happen that during your project development you are missing some crucial options that would make your work much, much easier.

Chances are, someone before you already had this issue and came up with an idea to create a Blender addon to make the work easier for folks like you in the future.

Some of the plugins available on the market are free and sometimes included in Blender itself (they just need to be enabled), while the others are paid. A standard price for a plugin is around $80, but everything depends on the complexity of the plugin.

How to install Blender add-ons

If you want to use one of the built-in Blender add-ons, you can simply enable it in the 'Add-ons' section in the Blender.

To install a third-party Blender add-on, you have to:

  1. Download the add-on to your desktop device
  2. Go to the 'Add-ons' section in the 'Blender preferences'
    Finding Blender add-on menu
  3. Clicks 'Install' button
    Installing Blender add-on
  4. Pick the add-on using the File Browser
  5. Enable the add-on from the 'Add-ons' section level
    Enable Blender add-on

This should do the job. As mentioned, Blender comes with a set of pre-installed add-ons you will find in the add-ons menu. For those, all you have to do is to enable them.

Lists of Blender add-ons

Blender-addons.org

A great list of Blender add-ons can be found on blender-addons.org.

They are neatly ordered in separate categories to help you easily find the necessary tools for the job.

A good tagging system enables fast browsing and picking only the plugins that are free or paid.

Blender Market

Blender Market
Blender Market

This website is very similar to Blender-addons.org but with a quite different search mechanism.

You can filter out the add-ons with price, license type and user rating.

The cool thing about Blender Market is that most of the purchases you make will be contributed to the Blender community - helping the people behind Blender hire new developers and build new functionalities. It's w win-win situation.

Conclusion

Blender add-ons can help you in your day-to-day work or solve a specific project challenge for you. Chances are, most of the issues you will face we're already solved with add-on!

This article is here to help you in installing those add-ons and picking the best ones for your project.

In case you think something is missing, let us know in the comments!

about author

Piotr Chomczyk

CEO & Co-founder of Renderro
Founder and CEO of Renderro with over 10 years of experience in the film industry as a creator.
Main writer and content creator for Renderro blog, where he posts his experiences and thoughts on the industry.

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