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#!/bin/env python3
# -*- encoding: utf8 -*-
Download latest build for Blender 2.7x and 2.8x
How to use:
- get that source code and name it "dlblender"
- change vars INSTALL_PATH and LINK_PATH is you want
- INSTALL_PATH is where will reside new and old version of blender.
I'm using hidden path "~/.blender"
- LINK_PATH is where symbolic link to blender-2.79 and blender-2.80 will reside.
I'm using ~/Apps
- set it executable, and put it in ~/.local/bin or /usr/local/bin (PATH)
Then, call "dlblender" in a terminal
- I'm detecting CPU architecture to get archives
- actually, not compatible with Mac and Windows, but I can do it later, that's why
I made a function to detect archive type (tar, zip...) and CPU architecture. Right now
I only tested that on my Fedora 28
- If you like it, or want more, maybe I'll create a real repository
Author: Patrice Ferlet <>
License: WTFPL
import os
import re
import platform
import shutil
import tarfile
import tempfile
import requests
BASE = ""
INSTALL_DIR = os.path.expanduser("~/.blender")
LINK_DIR = os.path.expanduser("~/Apps")
def get_download():
""" Find download links """
arch = platform.machine()
find = r'href="(/?download/+blender-[a-z0-9-\.]+-%s[^"]+)"' % arch
resp = requests.get(BASE + "/download")
body = resp.text
matches = re.findall(find, body, re.DOTALL|re.MULTILINE)
matches = [m.replace("//", "/") for m in matches]
return matches
def download(link):
""" Downlad chunked file """
bname = os.path.basename(link)
link = BASE + link
tmp = tempfile.gettempdir()
dest = os.path.join(tmp, bname)
if os.path.exists(dest):
print("File %s already downloaded" % dest)
print("Downloading %s to %s" % (link, dest))
data = requests.get(link, stream=True)
if data.status_code == 200:
with open(dest, "wb+") as fdest:
for chunk in data:
return dest
def install(blender):
""" Install blender from archive """
version = re.findall(r"blender-(\d+.\d+)-.*", blender)
version = version[0]
extracted = extract(blender)
new_version = os.path.join(INSTALL_DIR, extracted)
dest = os.path.join(LINK_DIR, "blender-" + version)
print("Linking %s -> %s" % (new_version, dest))
os.symlink(new_version, dest, target_is_directory=True)
def extract(archive):
""" Universal archive extractor """
blender_dir = None
if archive_type(archive):
print("Extracting %s" % archive)
with as tfile:
blender_dir = os.path.dirname(tfile.firstmember.path)
if not os.path.exists(blender_dir):
return blender_dir
def archive_type(archive):
""" Return archive type for a given filename """
if ".tar.gz" in archive or ".tar.bz2" in archive:
return "tar"
if "zip" in archive:
return "zip"
return None
if __name__ == "__main__":
dl = get_download()
for d in dl:
d = download(d)
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