Extensions

The Extensions section lets you manage the extensions preferences.

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Blender Preferences Extensions section.

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To learn about extensions and how to create them, refer to the Extensions page.

Install

There are different ways to install an extension:

  • Install from the Website: Drag the installation URL into Blender.

  • Install from Blender: Search for the extension name and click on Install.

  • Install from Disk: Use the dropdown menu in the top right, or drag-and-drop an extension .zip package into Blender.

Any installed extension can be removed. This is a permanent change, though. To stop an extension temporarily, it is better to Disable it instead.

Install Legacy Add-on

To install legacy addons, click the Install from Disk menu item and select the addon’s .py file (if it has only one such file) or its .zip file.

The add-on will not be automatically enabled after installation; click the checkbox to do that.

Refresh

Scans the Add-on Directory for new add-ons.

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While this screen doesn’t allow installing a folder-based addon with loose .py files, you can still do so by adding it as a Script Directory:

  1. Create an empty directory in a location of your choice (e.g. my_scripts).

  2. Add a subdirectory under my_scripts called addons (it must have this name for Blender to recognize it).

  3. Place your addon folder inside this addons folder.

  4. Open the File Paths section of the Preferences.

  5. Add a Script Directories entry pointing to your script folder (e.g. my_scripts).

  6. Save the preferences and restart Blender for it to recognize the new add-on location.

The addons in this folder will automatically become available; all you need to do is enable them.

Update

You need to manually check for available updates. Once an update is found, Blender will let you update any of the available extensions.

The current available version of an extension on the repository will always be considered the latest version.

Enable/Disable

Once an extension is installed it can be disabled (or re-enabled) as part of the user preferences. Some extension types do not support this, and will always be shown as enabled.

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If the Add-on does not activate when enabled, check the Console window for any errors that may have occurred.

Settings

  • Check for Updates: Manually check the online repositories for available updates.

  • Update All: Update all the extensions that have an update available.

  • Install from Disk: Install an extension from a .zip package. This is installed to a Local Repository and no updates will be available.

  • Install Legacy Add-on: Add-ons are effectively replaced by extensions. However to keep old add-ons working for now, they can still be installed independently of the new system.

Add-on Preferences

Some add-ons may have their own preferences which can be found in the Preferences section of the add-on information box.

Some add-ons use this section for example to enable/disable certain functions of the add-on. Sometimes these might even all default to off. So it is important to check if the enabled add-on has any particular preferences.

Filter

The available filtering options are:

  • Enabled Extensions

  • Installed Extensions

  • Legacy Add-ons

Filter by Type

  • All: Show all the extension types combined.

Or show only extensions of a single type:

  • Add-ons

  • Themes

Repositories

By default Blender has a Local Repository and a Remote Repository pointing towards the Official Blender Extensions Platform.

In the cases where more repositories are needed (e.g., to access third party extension platforms), new repositories can be added.

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Repositories.

To add new repositories click on the + icon:

  • Add Remote Repository: Add a repository from a URL.

  • Add Local Repository: Add a repository which will be managed by the user (to be used with Install from Disk).

To remove repositories click on the - icon:

  • Remove Repository: Remove an extension repository.

  • Remove Repository & Files: Remove a repository and delete all associated files when removing.

These changes are permanent and cannot be reversed.