Install Maya Autodesk on Ubuntu

Autodesk Maya is a popular 3D animation application which is developed by Autodesk; it can run on Windows, MacOS, and Linux.

Autodesk Maya is a popular 3D animation application which is developed by Autodesk; it can run on Windows, MacOS, and Linux. Maya enables professionals who work with visual effects, animated films, and video games to create a highly professional 3D cinematic animations.

Maya Autodesk
Maya Autodesk

Installing Maya Autodesk on Ubuntu

In this tutorial, we are going to cover installing Autodesk Maya on Ubuntu. Though it is a little bit tricky process, we will try to keep it simple as we can.

Pre-Installation Steps

Before installing the Autodesk Maya on Ubuntu, we need to perform some prerequisites to ensure that the installation will start successfully without any errors.

Step 1. Ensure that your system is up-to-date using the following commands:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Step 2. Maya depends on some libraries which are not available in the official Ubuntu package. But we can install those required additional libraries by adding the following repositories.

echo 'deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial main restricted universe multiverse' | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/xenial.list

Adding Required Repository
Adding Required Repository

Step 3. Update your system repository cache.

sudo apt-get update

Update Repository
Update Repository

Step 4. Maya also requires some extra development packages; you can install them using the command-line:

 sudo apt-get install -y libtbb-dev libtiff5-dev libssl-dev libpng12-dev libssl1.0.0 gcc libjpeg62 libcurl4

Step 5. To install Maya, you need to convert some rpm packages to dep. To do so, we can use “Alien,” which can be installed using the command-line.

sudo apt-get install -y alien elfutils

Install Alien To Convert rpm to dep
Install Alien To Convert rpm to dep

Step 6. Install the required multimedia libraries.

sudo apt-get install -y libaudiofile-dev libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-0

Install Required Multimedia Libraries
Install Required Multimedia Libraries

Step 7. Install the required graphics libraries.

sudo apt-get install -y libglw1-mesa libglw1-mesa-dev mesa-utils

Install Required Graphics Libraries
Install Required Graphics Libraries

Step 8. Install the required fonts.

sudo apt-get install -y xfonts-100dpi xfonts-75dpi ttf-mscorefonts-installer fonts-liberation

Install Required Fonts
Install Required Fonts

After downloading the required fonts packages, the configuration window will now show up like the below screenshot:

Font Package Configuration
Font Package Configuration

All you have to do is pressing “OK” and then move to the next screen, now accept the terms by pressing “Yes.”

Accept License Terms
Accept License Terms

After installing and configuring the fonts packages, you should have the following output informing that the installation is a success:

After Installing Fonts Successfully
After Installing Fonts Successfully

Step 9. Installing extra packages required by Maya.

sudo apt-get install -y csh tcsh libfam0 libfam-dev xfstt

Install Required Packages To Install Maya
Install Required Packages To Install Maya

Step 10. Download and install the “libxp6” package.

cd /tmp
wget http://launchpadlibrarian.net/183708483/libxp6_1.0.2-2_amd64.deb

The output should be something like the below screenshot:

Download lipxp6
Download lipxp6

After downloading the “libxp6” package, you can setup it using the command:

sudo dpkg -i libxp6_1.0.2-2_amd64.deb

Install lipxp6
Install lipxp6

Now let’s move to the next section where we will download and install the Maya.

Installing Autodesk Maya

Step 1. Move to the Downloads directory.

cd ~/Downloads

Step 2. Download the Maya installer using the command:

wget http://edutrial.autodesk.com/NET17SWDLD/2017/MAYA/ESD/Autodesk_Maya_2017_EN_JP_ZH_Linux_64bit.tgz

Download Maya Package
Download Maya Package

Step 3. After the download finishes successfully, you can find the Maya installer in the downloads directory.

Maya Autodesk Downloaded Successfully
Maya Autodesk Downloaded Successfully

Step 4. Now create a new directory to extract the Maya in it.

mkdir mayadir

Step 5. Extract the Maya installer to the previously created directory.

tar xvzf Autodesk_Maya_2017_EN_JP_ZH_Linux_64bit.tgz -C mayadir

Extract Maya
Extract Maya

Step 6. After extracting the Maya installer, navigate to the created directory.

cd mayadir

Step 7. You will find all files in the Maya directory are all rpm files. Now let’s convert them to the deb one’s using the command.

sudo alien -cv *.rpm

Convert rpm Files To deb
Convert rpm Files To deb

The previous command should take some time when converting finishes successfully; you should get the following output.

After Converting rpm Files To deb
After Converting rpm Files To deb

Step 8. Install the deb files.

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

Install The deb Files
Install The deb Files

Step 9. Create an executable using the commands.

echo "int main (void) {return 0;}" > mayainstall.c
gcc mayainstall.c
sudo cp -v a.out /usr/bin/rpm

Create an Executable
Create an Executable

Step 10. To let the Maya Autodesk work correctly, we need to create some symbolic links to libraries that Maya Autodesk needs.

sudo ln -s /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libtbb.so /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libtbb_preview.so.2
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libtiff.so /usr/lib/libtiff.so.3
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libssl.so /usr/autodesk/maya2017/lib/libssl.so.10
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libcrypto.so /usr/autodesk/maya2017/lib/libcrypto.so.10

Linking Library Files
Linking Library Files

Step 11. Change the permissions on the setup file to run it successfully.

chmod +x setup

Step 12. Now, let’s start the Maya installer.

sudo ./setup

Run Maya Installer
Run Maya Installer

The Maya Autodesk installer should start, and you should get the next welcome screen. Press continue.

Maya Installer Welcome Screen
Maya Installer Welcome Screen

Next, you can select your country, press I accept then continue.

Select Country
Select Country

Now enter your product serial number, and product key then continue.

Enter Your License Key
Enter Your License Key

Next click on continue to install the selected components.

Select Components To be Installed
Select Components To be Installed

When you are done, you will get a successful installation window.

Installation Completed Successfully
Installation Completed Successfully

After installing Maya successfully, you can move to the next section where we will perform some extra post-installation steps to ensure that Maya will run smoothly on your machine.

Post-Installation Configurations

Step 1. Create a new directory for Maya.

sudo mkdir -p /usr/tmp

Step 2. Change permission for the previous directory.

sudo chmod 777 /usr/tmp

Step 3. Create another directory for Maya configuration file.

mkdir -p ~/maya/2017 ~/maya/2017/syncColor/Shared

Step 4. Fix the segmentation fault errors using the command:

echo "MAYA_DISABLE_CIP=1" >> ~/maya/2017/Maya.en

Step 5. Fix color management errors.

echo "LC_ALL=C" >> ~/maya/2017/Maya.env

The output of the previous commands should be something like the below screenshot.

Output Of The Previous Commands
Output Of The Previous Commands

Step 6. Next, we need to change the permissions for the whole files in the Maya directory.

chmod -Rfv 777 ~/maya

Change Permissions For The Whole Maya Directory
Change Permissions For The Whole Maya Directory

Step 7. Configure fonts for Maya.

xset +fp /usr/share/fonts/X11/100dpi/
xset +fp /usr/share/fonts/X11/75dpi/
xset fp rehash

Configure Maya Fonts
Configure Maya Fonts

Step 8. Fix camera modifier key for Maya.

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences mouse-button-modifier "<Super>"

Fix Maya Camera
Fix Maya Camera

Step 9. Now everything is configured and ready for Maya to start. Run the command to start Maya:

/usr/autodesk/maya2017/bin/maya.bin

The next window should appear, you can press I agree to open Maya.

Maya Autodesk Installed Successfully
Maya Autodesk Installed Successfully

And voila, Maya has installed successfully and you will get the next window where you can start your project.

Maya Autodesk Interface
Maya Autodesk Interface

Congratulations you have installed Maya Autodesk and configured your machine to run Maya smoothly.

Finally, if you need any further questions, leave a comment, and we will be glad to help you.

Hend Adel
Hi! I'm Hend Adel, a freelancer technical geek with successful experience in Database, Linux and many other IT fields. I help to build solutions to suit business needs and creating streamlined processes. I love Linux and I'm here to share my skills via FOSS Linux! Thanks for reading my article.

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  2. Hey great stuff here!

    It would be helpful to have the bash commands on how to uninstall the whole thing including all the additional packages.
    Also if you are a student you can get a 3 year education license quite easy from Autodesk.

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