We all know the saying… single step, blah blah…but I don't just want to talk about the how, I would also like to talk about the where and the what.
In my case, and if you’re reading this I presume we have a similar goal in mind, my journey begins by installing Unity 3d on my system.
Like many first steps, this one is very easy to accomplish. Hopefully this mini-guide on how to install Unity on your Windows 10 machine can help you get started as well.
first things first, head over to Unity.com and click on the Get Started button on the top :
At this point, Unity.com will present you with a series of choices regarding their Plans and pricing. This leads me to one of the reasons I chose Unity. If you select the Individual tab You will be able to access and download the Personal version of Unity for FREE. This version has everything you need to be able to build and publish games so long as your revenue has been less than $100k in the past 12 months. — I definitely check that box.
Once you follow the Getting Started rabbit-hole button (don’t worry it’s not that deep) You will be taken to a page that presents you with the possibility of choosing a Micro-Game. These tiny projects are already set up for you and include some tutorials to get you started very quickly. I personally did not want to do this, so I chose to click on RETURNING USERS to continue but ultimately both choices should lead you down the same path. Like I said, very easy.
Now you should spend some time to read the Terms of Service so that you may choose to agree with them by selecting the required check box. If nothing else, South Park has taught us that ignoring them can lead to some catastrophic consequences. Obviously if you choose not to agree with them, then you will not be granted access to the software — standard practice. Once you do, however, you will be able to select and download Unity Hub. Like its name suggests, Unity Hub is a centralized application that will help you manage both Unity Editor installs and your projects.
Note: At the bottom of this screen you will also see a list of system requirements. To be honest, they’re nothing out of this world..so good news for all!
Unity Hub will now download to your drive. To begin the installation simply find the file in your downloads and double click it following all the instructions like any other piece of software.
Note: Once you’ve successfully downloaded, installed and launched Unity Hub on your system, you may get a message from Windows Defender asking you to Allow Access to Unity Hub. Its safe to do so and necessary to proceed, so simply click on Allow Access -
This may seem like a lot if you’re just reading through this article but so far, we’ve only gone to a website, clicked 4 buttons and installed Hub. At this point we’re ready to install a new version of the Unity Editor.
NOTE: You will be required to create a Unity account. Simply fill out the required fields to register your email and Unity license.
Unity Hub allows you to have multiple versions of Unity installed on your system. Obviously this will also depend on how much space you have available on your drives. This is a practical way to test out new versions of the Editor and maintain older ones that you may have been using to create projects. You will also be able to create and manage all your projects from this application as I will discuss in a later article. For now select Installs from the left hand column and click on ADD.
Once you do you will be prompted to select which version of Unity you wish to Install. As of this article you will see that I was presented with a Recommended Release and a series of Official Releases. A good rule of thumb is to stick to LTS versions. LTS stands for Long Term Support and its a version of Unity (or any software really) that is far more stable than any beta or working version of the software. Once you select your desired version simply click on NEXT.
Unity Hub will now give you the option of installing modules along with your Editor. Modules will provide the necessary extensions to build your projects out to different platforms. This is an optional step and can be accessed even after the Editor has been installed. For now, the one I would recommend is to select Visual Studio Community 2019 along with Unity. This will install the code editor and link it to Unity so that you can begin writing code. I will cover more about this in later articles.
Once you’re happy with your selections click on NEXT.
All that there is left to do now is to read and accept the End User License Agreement. You can select the box confirming that you have indeed read it and that you agree with it and just click on DONE.
And guess what?! You ARE done! Unity Hub will begin the installation of your brand new Unity Editor. Congratulations, you have now taken your first step along with me on the journey to becoming an amazing Unity Developer!
Next time I’ll cover the necessary steps for creating a new project!