Getting Started with Unity

If you’ve heard of the Unity engine and wanted to check it out, follow this guide to get rolling!

Download & Install Unity Hub

Download Unity page

The Unity system includes the Unity Hub interface for managing your projects and Unity versions and more. Go to Unity’s Downloads page and click the download option for your system. This will download the installer for the Unity Hub as “UnityHubSetup.exe”.

Once the download completes, launch the installer. You may be asked to allow Unity Hub to make changes to your computer. To proceed, click Yes.

Unity Hub Installer — Terms of Service screen

Once the installer loads, you’ll be presented with Unity’s Terms of Service. To proceed, click I Agree.

Unity Hub Installer — Choose Install Location screen

Then, you’ll need to select the location where the Unity Hub program files should be installed. You can accept the default location or click Browse and select your preferred location. Once ready, click Install to proceed.

Unity Hub Installer — Finish screen

A progress bar will appear as Unity Hub is installed. Once complete, you should see the screen above. Click Finish to close the installer and launch Unity Hub.

Install Unity Editor

Unity Hub Installs screen
Unity Hub — Installs screen

From the Unity Hub, click Installs from the left-side bar. Then, click Install Editor.

Unity Hub — Selecting a Unity Editor version

Select one of the Long Term Support (LTS) versions of the Unity Editor. These are official and stable releases of the Unity editor that will receive updates on a regular schedule for an extended period. See Unity Long Term Support for more information. Unless you have projects you’ll be working with that are built on a previous version of the editor, I’d recommend selecting the most recent LTS version.

Unity Hub — Selecting Unity modules

When installing a Unity Editor version, you’ll be presented with a list of modules or add-ons that can be included with the install, such as Microsoft Visual Studio, support packs that allows you to build to a variety of devices, language packs and more. Depending on whether or not you have another preferred text editor or what you plan to build in Unity, check the box next to the modules that suit you. You can always add modules later as you need them.

When ready, click Continue or Install to proceed. Depending on the modules you’ve selected, you may be prompted to agree to terms for those items. Then, the Unity Editor will start downloading and installing. It may take some time to complete due to the size of the files. Once it’s complete, you should see the Unity Editor version you selected on the Installs page of the Unity Hub.

Unity Hub — Projects screen

Now, you’re ready to create your first project in Unity! Head back to the Projects screen and click New Project.

Unity Hub — Settings for New Project

This will bring a screen of options for creating your first project. If you have multiple version of Unity installed, you can select your preferred version at the top of the screen. Unity also includes multiple project templates like 2D, 3D and more, depending on the project you want to build. Select the template that suit you. Be sure to give a name to your project and update the location where it should be stored, if needed. Once ready, go ahead and click Create Project.

Unity Editor — New Project loaded

A few minutes later, the Unity Editor will load and your project template will be ready to roll! Happy coding!



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