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A First Step Towards a Blender Add-on Repository


It's hard to keep your Blender add-ons up to date as there's no mechanism inside Blender to signal you when an update is available. By providing a Python library that can check for release tags on Github, Jonathan Williamson and Patrick W. Crawford take the first step to a solution.

Jonathan writes:

[...] the user has been left with various add-ons from many different sources that become ever more difficult to keep updated. For many users this results in ignoring any add-on that doens’t ship with Blender by default.

And so we set out to try and begin solving this problem. We are not building an add-on repository, but we have taken a first step by creating a solution for letting users update to the latest version (or revert to a prior version) right within Blender.

About the Author

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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. This is wonderful! I was thinking of coding an updater for Blender itself a while ago. It's these small things that really move the feel of Blender from a DIY project to a professional grade application.

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