Blender is the free and open source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline, modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation.

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For detailed information, visit the Blender website.

Available Versions

The current installation of Blender incorporates the most popular packages. To find the available versions and learn how to load them, run:

module spider blender

The output of the command shows the available Blender module versions.

For detailed information about a particular Blender module, including how to load the module, run the module spider command with the module’s full version label. For example:

module spider blender/3.2.1
ModuleVersion Module Load Command
blender3.2.1 module load blender/3.2.1

Interactive Sessions through Rivanna’s Web Portal

Interactive sessions of Blender can be launched through Rivanna’s web portal, Open OnDemand. To launch an instance of Blender , you will begin by connecting to our Open OnDemand portal. Your Blender session will run on a Rivanna GPU node. In addition, you need to specify required resources, e.g. time, your Rivanna allocation, etc.. If you are new to Rivanna, you may want to read the Getting Started Guide to learn more about the partitions.

Starting an Interactive Session

  1. Open a web browser and go to URL:
  2. Use your Netbadge credentials to log in. This will open the Open OnDemand web portal.
  3. On the top banner of the Open OnDemand dashboard, click on Interactive Apps.
  4. In the drop-down box, click on Blender.
  5. After connecting to Blender through Open OnDemand, a form will appear where you can fill in the resources for Blender . Blender supports GPUs and should be run in the GPU partition.
  6. When done filling in the resources, click on the blue Launch button at the bottom of the form. Do not click the button multiple times.
  7. It may take a few minutes for the system to gather the resources for your instance of Blender . When the resources are ready a Launch Blender button will appear. Click on the button to start Blender .

Using Blender

When Blender opens in your web browser, it will appear just like the Blender that you have on your laptop or desktop.

Closing the Interactive Session

When you are done, quit the Blender application. The interactive session will be closed and the allocated resources will be released.