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Blender: 3.4 Million downloads per year


blender-logoThe Blender Foundation have just published their latest download statistics. Without even including some file sharing sites there were over 3.4 Million Blender downloads last year!

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Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


  1. I thought that was what they earn per year. duh me ^^

    Still... 3.4 millions download that's roughly the population of Paris + Suburb... Impressive.

  2. The statistic doesn't consider the downloads of Blender packages (.deb, .rpm...) via Linux repositories. Not so much maybe, but they are there.

  3. is this one version of blender? i think this digit must be divided to get number of user tries.
    but steel impressive!

  4. autodesk might be doing the figures now.yes this statistic dose put a blow on commercial 3d package. maybe that why they attack us.

  5. Nice, but don't you have to divide it through the SVNs, branches etc.??

    That is the thing about blender that sucks!!
    There are SVNs, branches, RC or Fullversion!
    For every from them there are versions for SSE, SSE2, SSE3, Multicore, Python 2.5, Python 2.52, Python 2.6, Python 2.62, 64bit, 32bit, ffmpeg, AMD, Intel, fastmath, hyperthreaded, LAA, with new features and without!!
    And that mixed and incompatible to eachother!
    So you can search and maybe compile your best version for a lifetime.

  6. Tom Gleason on

    Impressive, though the people who are very involved with the code and different builds could probably download several full copies a day, I imagine.

  7. @RNS: autodesk never attacked Blender. Please don't spread rubbish.

    @Tom Gleason: developers work from SVN mostly, so they probably don't need to download pre-built binaries.

    And in general, yes, I think most people download a few copies of Blender each year, even if there were only two official releases in 2008. After re-installing your computer, or installing it on another machine?

  8. You also have to take into account those who download Blender three times.

    One for Linux (at work)
    One for Windows (at home)
    One for Mac OS X (nomade)

    That's still 1 million.

  9. And then there's the 'downloading... running... OMG! WHAT IS THIS?! deleting' group I guess ;-)

    Still, even if you're *very* conservative, you could estimate that there are at least 500,000 Blender users out there. Not bad!

    /me waves to all of them!

  10. pues cuantas descargas hice este año??? XD
    pues en Ubuntu tengo 2 versiones del Blender...
    y en güindoe$ tengo 5 XD
    sin contar las que he tenido que borrar de linux XD

  11. @Bart: I download Blender with every new release, and with every new Linux distribution, so we can estimate that intensive Blender users can download it as frequent as few copies per month, not to mention early Blender versions which I checked out for compatibility reasons...

  12. Dutchman221 on

    Wow thats is lot of downloads.
    1 Question on Bart or Ton do you know when blender 2.49 comes out.

  13. I download a lot of copies, but mainly from
    Donno if it's the case of many people, but that is not in that counter

  14. The Blender Foundation forgot about the Linux repositories where you can download Blender from the dedicated servers to the Linux distribution and not directly from Blender official site.

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