Ubuntu – Installing Maya on Ubuntu Linux


Installing Autodesk Maya on Ubuntu is possible, but can be a bit challenging.

Assuming that one already has the required specs and a solid graphics card driver installed, how can it be done?

Best Answer

Getting the Installer

First you need to download the actual linux rpm files from the autodesk website. Forget trying to bootleg it, Autodesk offers the files here: http://usa.autodesk.com/support/

Getting a License

You should obtain a personal edition license, a student license, or a commercial license. Autodesk also includes the utilities needed to connect to a network license.

You can also rent a license (such as the Maya LE for only $50 a month).

Note that when going through the student license process, you won't be offered a Linux download. Simply prepare to download the Windows version, and you will be given and emailed a key that works with the linux version.


Basically consists of converting the .rpm files to .deb files, installing the files, obtaining the proper libraries through apt-get and symlinking some files to make Maya happy.

See this script for the basic process: https://gist.github.com/MichaelLawton/32ca5cf6145f0ca4a7ebcdc510d7447d

Some Problems & Solutions

How to disable Alt+Click drag (Note you can use Super also in Maya, but if you are used to alt like me this helps a lot):

How do I disable window move with alt + left mouse button in GNOME Shell?

Fluxbox: https://askubuntu.com/a/392752/226792

Ubuntu Linux Maya doesn't load at all. Running maya at the command prompt displays no output. Maya no gui, Maya hangs at startup, etc.

Try first running it as a super user sudo maya. You should be able to run it as a normal user afterwards.

If you get an error about csh, you need to apt-get install csh first.

You might also try removing your maya directory ~/maya [source]

Ubuntu Linux Maya crashes when loading a file, Maya crashes when rendering. Maya some 3D elements missing, Maya grey starup screen, Maya crashes when making a file, etc.

  1. You need libjpeg62
  2. Remove the symlink /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libGL.so [Source]

Maya does not load Mental Ray, MENTALRAY_DIR not a file

Install the mentalrayForMaya.rpm package with scripts:

fakeroot alien --scripts mentalrayForMaya.rpm && sudo dpkg -i mentalrayForMaya.deb
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