Does Linux support Unity Editor

In this post we will highlight how Linux finally supported Unity Editor.

What is Unity Editor?

Unity Editor is a creative hub for artists, designers, and programmers, the Unity and iteration in your development cycles, with real-time previews of your work. You can create 2D or 3D scenes, animations or cinematics directly in the

What is the problem of Linux?

For years, Unity Editor was not supported by Linux, and some hoped that Linux is the predominant OS to make the support of Unity is available. Unity Editor developers with Linux Operating Systems had to wait until 2017 to Unity be supported officially by Linux. Before 2017, if you want to work with Unity so bad, you have to use Windows or OSX. That is mean, if you are a Linux fan, you need to install another OS to use Unity, so bad, right?

Unity Editor on Linux

What is the motivation for making Linux support Unity?

For years, Unity have offered an unofficial experimental Unity Editor for Linux. A growing number of developers using the experimental version, combined with the increasing demand of Unity users in the Film and Automotive, Transportation, and Manufacturing (ATM) industries means that we now plan to officially support the Unity Editor for Linux.

When does Unity officially supported Linux?

For years, Unity have offered an unofficial, experimental Unity Editor for Linux. By 2019 Unity have launched the fully supported Unity Editor for Linux and has been pushed from 2019 and launched in 2020. In May 30, 2019 Martin Best, Senior Technical Product Manager at Unity, briefly announced that the Unity Editor will now officially support Linux. Currently the Editor is available only on ‘preview’ for Ubuntu and CentOS, but Best has stated that it will be fully supported by Unity 2019.3. Another important note is to make sure that before opening projects via the Linux Editor, the 3rd-party tools also support it. Users are quite happy that the Unity Editor will now officially support Linux.

What are Linux distribution that are supported for Unity Editor?


Linux Distributions



The great news for Linux-Unity Editors Fans is that; The Unity Editor for Linux will be accessible to all Personal (free), Plus, and Pro licenses users, starting with Unity 2019.1. It will be officially supported on the following configurations:

  • Ubuntu 16.04, 18.04
  • CentOS 7
  • x86-64 architecture
  • Gnome desktop environment running on top of X11 windowing system
  • Nvidia official proprietary graphics driver and AMD Mesa graphics driver
  • Desktop form factors, running on device/hardware without emulation or compatibility layer

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