Installation on Windows#

This guide covers the following topics:

  1. Installing Python (used to «convert» the source files to HTML)

  2. Installing Git and Downloading the Repository

  3. Setting up the Build Environment

Installing Python#

  1. Download the Python installation package for Windows. In this guide version 3.9.x is used.

  2. Install Python with the installation wizard. Please make sure that you enable the «Add Python to PATH» option:


    The option must be enabled so you can build the manual with the make script.#

    All other settings can remain as set by default.

Installing Git and Downloading the Repository#

In this guide, we will use the official Git client, though any Git client will do.

  1. Download and install Git for Windows.

  2. Simply check out the Blender Manual’s repository using:

    cd ~
    git lfs install
    git clone
  3. The repository will now be downloaded which may take a few minutes depending on your internet connection.


This process can be completed using a graphical Git client, in that case you will just use the repository address in the URL field provided by your client:

Setting up the Build Environment#


It is recommended to setup and activate a virtual Python environment where dependencies will be installed:

python3 -m venv .venv

Repeat the .venv/Scripts/activate command to re-activate the virtual environment, whenever you open a new terminal to build the documentation.

  • Open a Command Prompt. (Run as Administrator)

  • Enter the blender-manual folder which was just added by git clone:

    cd C:\blender-manual
  • Inside that folder is a file called requirements.txt which contains a list of all the dependencies we need. Install all the dependencies using Python’s pip command:

    pip install -r requirements.txt
  • If all goes well, you should see the following message when it is finished:

    Successfully installed Jinja2 MarkupSafe Pygments Sphinx docutils sphinx-rtd-theme Cleaning up...

During the setup, some warnings may be shown, but do not worry about them. However, if any errors occur, they may cause some problems.


Every now and then you may want to make sure your dependencies are up to date using:

pip install -r requirements.txt --upgrade