abstract: I show you how you can install Avastar on Blender-2.6.*. We provide a short video which shows the installation process step by step. Further down you find the related text document.

Step 1: Preparations

 Where can i find the software ?

Install Blender: Ensure you have blender-2.64 or newer installed (we recommend Blender 2.68a).

Purchase Avastar: If you already have purchased Avastar, you will find all released updates of the software in your Machinimatrix Download folder (see next step).

  • You get Blender from its download link
  • you can purchase Avastar from the JASS-shop
  • Alternatively you can purchase Avastar via Paypal (see left side of this page).  

Step 2: Download

Where is my download ?

Download the Avastar zip file from your Machinimatrix Download Folder.

  • Important: Do not unpack the zip file! Unpacking the zip file will result in installation failures!

Your Download is in your Machinimatrix Download Folder. You get an access link immediately after purchasing the product. You lost the link ? check here how to get it back.

Some hints

The filename explained

  • Hint: Many users have reported that the zip file becomes unzipped during download. Please either ensure that your downloaded file does NOT get unzipped, or zip it again after download completed. Blender needs(!) the zipped file. All attempts to install the unzipped files will fail.
  • Hint: We sometimes provide a few product releases in parallel. These releases are kept available for the case where you find something broken in the newest product release. The older releases are collected in a the subfolder “the-archive” within your Download Folder
  • Hint: We sometimes provide peek preview releases which introduce work in progress like new features or bug fixes. These test releases are collected in the subfolder “testversions” within your Download Folder.

  • avastar: the product name
  • m: the major product release
  • vvv: The product type  (dev,beta,rc,rel)
  • rrr: The product revision number
  • B-bb: the smallest supported Blender version

Usually you only need to download the zip file with the highest available revision number. 

Only if you encounter a bug in Avastar you should consider to switch back to an older Avastar release by installing that over your current release (there is no need to uninstall first!)

Step 3: Install

  • Start blender
  • Navigate to File -> User Preferences:

Important: This guide describes the official installation processfor Blender Addons. If you use any other installation strategy you are completely on your own behalf. We can not support you when it comes to broken functionality!

If you fail to install as described here, first check the FAQ and only if that does not help then please report back to us.

Hint: The most common problem occurs when your username or the path to your application data contains special characters. In these cases the easiest way to go is adding a separate user with standard US characters (ASCII), then instal blender for that user.

  • Proceed to the “Add-Ons” Tab (1)
  • At the Bottom of the Tab locate and click “Install from File…” (2)


  • A file selector opens.
  • Navigate to where you have stored the file
  • Select the zip file (1)
  • Click “Install from File…” (2)


  • Select the zip file and Press the “Install Add-On…” button
  • Back in the Add-Ons Tab type “avastar” into the search field(1).
    As you type you will see that the list of displayed modules shrinks and quickly you can find the Avastar-module

  • If the Avastar Addon Panel (2) is collapsed, then please expand it now to see the Addon details. Please take a closer look! You find important information here.

NOTE: You find a link to the Avastar Documentation and to the Bug tracker here. And since Blender 2.66 you can set Addon preferences for your convenience.

Important: Please make use of the documentation! This will save you (and us) a lot of time!

  • To enable the Addon you must check the checkmark at the top right corner of the panel(3)
NOTE: If you can not enable Avastar at this stage, then please ensure that the path to your Blender application folder only contains ASCII characters (the US alphabet). Blender still has issues with UTF-8 in the path name. Please also check the FAQ
  • In the last step you save your settings as your new default settings(4)

Step 4: Verify your Installation

You can verify that Avastar has been successfully installed by navigating to the new Avastar menu entry in the Add section. Please ensure that you are in Object mode as that is the only mode from where you can add new Avastar characters.

When you click on Avastar, a new Avastar mesh character will open up for you.

Welcome to Avastar

Congratulations! Now after you have succesfully installed Avastar, you may want to proceed with the Create a Character Tutorial. But Please be patient with yourself. Note: The whole world of rigging and animating is certainly one of the most complex task of 3D design. Please do not expect to get good meshes and perfect animations within 10 minutes. You have to get used to the tools first. Otherwise you will end up in a big mess!

23 Enlightened Replies

Trackback  •  Comments RSS

  1. Loptr says:

    Having some issues with installing Avastar to the new Blender 2.70. They made a lot of major changes and now I cannot get it to install correctly. Error goes something like this, when I try to enable the addon: File, line 254, in get_blender_revision = ‘’ object has no attribute ‘build_revision’.

    Is this a known issue? Are there any current fixes in place?

    • Gaia Clary says:

      Avastar-1.0 does no longer work on Blender 270. You can update to a development release of Avastar-1.1 . You find Avastar-1.1 in the testversions subfolder of your download page

  2. Izabela Navarathna says:

    Hello, im from Poland. Its exist other way to buy and downloaded a avastar? I have to use Paypal? If could buy in second life world (jass shop) Ho much its costs? (mean SL$ or USD)

Post a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *