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Top 20 Blender Developers In 2020


Who are the most prolific Blender developers of the last year, and what did they work on? Christian Bunyan presents an overview.

For many of us, 2020 has proven disruptive. At the start of the year, the Blender organization was ready to run a series of workshops for core Blender contributors, a conference in LA, and many other activities. All of these were cancelled or put on hold.

Luckily, Blender is still a virtual organization managed publicly and online. As such, we’re able to look back at a productive year full of highlights. In this list, we celebrate the developers who helped Blender development continue beyond expectation, resulting in four releases over 2020, including one Long Term Support release.

Here we present Blender’s top 20 developers, ranked according to number of commits. Full disclosure: this metric, like all metrics, is debatable. And debate we did. But in the end, counting commits seemed the fairest way to salute the efforts being made by Blender’s far-flung team.

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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. Whatever the intention might be, "ranking" developers based on commit numbers is just not right... Actually "ranking" them is the wrong thing to do, the metric aside. This is not a competition but rather a collaborative effort....

  2. Remind me of bug system used to give bonus to developers. It favored those with the most number of bugs fixed. It creates division and corruption. With hard to fixed bugs that takes many days to fix, no one want to touch before bonus time.

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