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Shell script to install and setup Autodesk Maya 2014 on Ubuntu 13.04
#Heith Seewald 2012
#Feel free to extend/modify to meet your needs.
#Maya on Ubuntu v.1
#This is the base installer... I’ll add more features in later versions.
#if you have any issues, feel free email me at
#### Lets run a few checks to make sure things work as expected.
#Make sure we’re running with root permissions.
if [ `whoami` != root ]; then
echo Please run this script using sudo
echo Just type “sudo !!
#Check for 64-bit arch
if [uname -m != x86_64]; then
echo Maya will only run on 64-bit linux.
echo Please install the 64-bit ubuntu and try again.
#Setup a few vars
export MAYAINSTALL='mayaTempInstall'
export INSTALLFILE="Autodesk_Maya_2014_SP1_English_Linux_64bit.tgz"
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/opt/Autodesk/Adlm/R7/lib64/
#Install Message
echo "You’re about to download and install Autodesk Maya 2014"
echo ""
echo "Do you wish to continue [Y/n]?"
case "$RESPONSE" in
echo "Install Terminated"
exit 0;
#Get serial number
echo "If you have not already done so, you can get your serial number from:"
echo "Enter the serial number"
echo ""
#Create a temp folder for the install files
if [ ! -d "$HOME/$MAYAINSTALL" ]; then
echo "Creating $MAYAINSTALL folder"
echo ""
sudo chmod -R 777 $INSTALLDIR
#Now check to see if you already have maya downloaded and in the install folder.
#Make sure the install file is complete.
MAYA_INSTALL_HASH=$(md5sum -b $INSTALLDIR/$INSTALLFILE | awk '{print $1}')
if [ "$MAYA_INSTALL_HASH" = "c4f709095760803d19e413093d7d5ab7" ]; then
echo "Maya install file found and verified... skipping download"
echo "Maya file found, but it's not complete. We'll try the download again"
wget --referer="" --content-disposition $MAYAURL
echo "Maya install file not found. We'll download it now."
wget --referer="" --content-disposition $MAYAURL
# Install Dependencies
sudo apt-get install csh tcsh libaudiofile-dev libglw1-mesa elfutils gamin libglw1-mesa-dev mesa-utils xfs xfstt ttf-liberation ttf-mscorefonts-installer xfonts-100dpi xfonts-75dpi alien
sleep 3s
# Extract Maya Install Files
# Convert rpms to debs
for i in $INSTALLDIR/*.rpm; do sudo alien -cv $i; done
sleep 2s
#install the debs
sudo dpkg -i $INSTALLDIR/*.deb
#Setup For Mental Ray.
sudo mkdir /usr/tmp
sudo chmod 777 /usr/tmp
#Required for license to install
sudo cp /usr/lib/
sudo cp /usr/lib/
# License Setup:
sudo echo -e 'MAYA_LICENSE=unlimited\nMAYA_LICENSE_METHOD=standalone' > /usr/autodesk/maya2014-x64/bin/License.env
#Notice the lack of sudo.
/usr/autodesk/maya2014-x64/bin/adlmreg -i S $PRODUCTID $PRODUCTID 2014.0.0.F $SERIALNUMBER /var/opt/Autodesk/Adlm/Maya2014/MayaConfig.pit
# symbolic links:
# Its preferred to use the libssl and libcrypto that’s included with your system... so we’ll try that first.
# We’ll use the files included by autodesk as a fallback
#Libssl Link
if [ -f "$LIBSSL" ]
echo "$LIBSSL found. Using it."
ln -s $LIBSSL /usr/autodesk/maya2014-x64/lib/
echo "$LIBSSL not found. Using Autodesk’s libssl"
sudo ln -s /usr/autodesk/maya2014-x64/support/openssl/ /usr/autodesk/maya2014-x64/lib/
#LibCrypto Link
if [ -f "$LIBCRYPTO" ]
echo "$LIBCRYPTO found. Using it."
ln -s $LIBCRYPTO /usr/autodesk/maya2014-x64/lib/
echo "$LIBCRYPTO not found. Using Autodesk’s libssl"
sudo ln -s /usr/autodesk/maya2014-x64/support/openssl/ /usr/autodesk/maya2014-x64/lib/
# libtiff
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ /usr/lib/
sleep 2s
#Everything should work now...
echo "Installation Complete."
echo ""
echo "Start Maya Now?"
case "$RUNNOW" in
echo "You can run maya any time by typing maya into the terminal"
exit 0;

I get errors " sudo for i in $INSTALLDIR/.rpm; do sudo alien -cv $i; done" and here
" sudo dpkg -i $INSTALLDIR/
.deb "
Inavalid do command and no such directory/file ...


how to use already downloaded file instead of those http links ?
can you modified it and post it again with local drive adress ?


@harsh888 if you have it downloaded in the proper place, just comment out the wget section of the script, and it will use what you have instead of trying to re-download it.


@insomniacUNDERSCORElemon can you describe me exact words to put in that line...i am not good at scripting things......thank you so much man :)


@InsomniacUNDERSCORElemon hi.. can i make request ?
can you make a shell script to put manual link for already downloaded folder link ?
so i can also install it offline.....hope you can do that for me and would be better if you use it for most stable version like 2011 of Maya.....or the newest version of Maya 2014...
thank you :)


Thanks alot, this fixed my problem with my existing copy of maya, now if i can figure out to license the darn thing already got a license file just gotta figure out how to get it from windows to linux (/ntfs/adlm/licefile.lic) Apparently was linked to the 32-bit one and not the 64-bit one, easily overlooked so thanks..
I think i just point my MAYA_ALT_EN to the licfile.lic, am I right on this?? any replies would be helpful...


Thank you so much for this script!

However, the line 53 is incorrect as it should be "$MAYAINSTALL" instead of "MAYAINSTALL" (adding the $), and as stated by gamelifedong, the first sudo has to be removed line 68. Hence, I installed it in several steps by commenting/uncommenting lines in the script, which has ended up with a corrupt installation (trying to launch maya displayed a license error). Uninstalling everything and launching the corrected script worked like a charm.

harsh888 commented Jul 2, 2013

hi. thank you for your advices.
i try to install maya 2011 with the same script. it was installed well but at last i get this error.

I get error "usr/autodesk/maya2011-x64/bin/maya.bin: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory"

i try to sylink but it is not working.

do you have any solution for this ?

Thank you :)
cheers. Harsh


Oh my god. This is fantastic! It's not perfect, but it's still super helpful.

heiths commented Jul 30, 2013

So I updated it for Maya 2014 SP1 for Ubuntu 13.04... I added an if statement to check for an existing download within the Maya install directory. Thanks for pointing out some issues with the original... I never tested it because I didn't think they would be much interest.

I'll start to polish this one up in the coming weeks... maybe put a version selector or something.


hay hi i used this script but ran into some problems
1.)Registration succeeded.
/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ not found. Using Autodesk’s libssl
/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ not found. Using Autodesk’s libssl
Installation Complete.

then after trying to run it it got
/usr/autodesk/maya2014-x64/bin/maya.bin: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

i am a noob and begging for some help or duide to where i can get some help

gwindes commented Dec 10, 2013

Awesome! Finally got maya on my linux box (not sure why they don't have an option for the student version on linux on their website). Thanks for the script.

mqu commented Jan 7, 2014

an interesting script using Debian : with alternative to alien, RPM tricks using setup command. Don't know if it work on Debian Wheezy + Maya 2014.

Tomius commented Jan 13, 2014

The installation runs succesfully, but when i try to run maya:

~ $ sudo LIBGL_DEBUG=verbose maya

libGL: screen 0 does not appear to be DRI2 capable
libGL: OpenDriver: trying /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/dri/tls/
libGL: OpenDriver: trying /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/dri/
libGL error: failed to load driver: swrast

maya encountered a fatal error

Signal: 11 (Unknown Signal)
Fatal Error. Attempting to save in /usr/tmp/
Segmentation fault

But when I boot in softwer rendering mode, it works. Any idea?


Is there an error log that can tell me why Maya doesn't start up? I ran the 2014/Ubuntu 12.04 fork of this script:

What I get is that maya.bin runs but no window comes up. Looking at Monitor, maya.bin starts at 50% cpu utilization, then goes to a steady 8%. No windows pop up at any time, no errors in the terminal. Does Maya have an error log that reveals what went wrong? (I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 on a Dell 1545; the install script ran all the way through).

UPDATE: running Heith's current script (2014-01-26), intended for Ubuntu 13.04, successfully installed Maya 2014 on my Ubuntu 12.04 Heith, you are god, and your wife is hot. Thank you!


Silly question, I want to remove maya. How do I go about this? Just grep and delete all directories?

Punkster commented Mar 2, 2014

Is there a script already available for 13.10? I'm dying to get it. Thanks.

hadnet1 commented May 4, 2014

I tried to run this script under Ubuntu 14.04 and installed it without evident error, but when ask me "start Maya now ?", just it says " ./ /usr/local/bin/maya: /bin/csh: bad interpreter: No such file or directory". What is wrong ?


You most likely need to install it. Use "tcsh" instead using "sudo apt-get install tcsh". I'm surprised that it isn't already installed on your system as I'm pretty sure it was installed by default on my installation of Ubuntu 14.04.

Actually just noticed that in the script above it actually does the install of "tcsh".

# Install Dependencies
sudo apt-get install csh tcsh libaudiofile-dev libglw1-mesa elfutils gamin libglw1-mesa-dev mesa-utils xfs xfstt ttf-liberation ttf-mscorefonts-installer xfonts-100dpi xfonts-75dpi alien
sleep 3s
lmmx commented Feb 2, 2015

If xfs won't install (Package 'xfs' has no installation candidate) you need to add the saucy repo:

echo 'deb saucy main universe' >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/extra.list
apt-get update
Garoe commented Sep 10, 2015

I have updated the above script to work with Maya 2015 SP5 and Ubuntu 14.04
Notice that there are a few commands to run after the script have finished and they are at the bottom of the gist

z3ntu commented Dec 8, 2015

If anyone wants a version for Maya 2016 SP4, I have it here:

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