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How to Install Unreal Engine: A Step-by-Step Guide

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Unreal Engine is a powerful real-time 3D software used by game developers and filmmakers to create stunning graphics and immersive gameplay. If you’re an aspiring game developer or filmmaker, you’ll want to learn how to install Unreal Engine and get started creating your own projects. This blog post will provide a step-by-step guide to installing Unreal Engine on your computer.

Go here to find out what Unreal Engine is and why you might want to install it.

What do you need?

Before you begin the installation process, ensure that your computer meets the minimum system requirements for Unreal Engine. You’ll also need a stable internet connection to download the software.

Step 1: Download & Install Epic Games Launcher

The first step to installing Unreal Engine is to download the Epic Games Launcher.

This is the hub for all things Unreal, including the engine, tools, services, and the Unreal Marketplace. The launcher is available from the official Epic Games website (linked above), do not download it from any other website as that could be a risk of malware.

Once your download has been completed, double-click the installer to proceed with the installation of the Epic Games Launcher.

Step 2: Create an Epic Games Account

After downloading the launcher, you’ll need to create an Epic Games account.

This account will give you access to the Unreal Engine and the Unreal Marketplace, where you can download assets for your projects.

Step 3: Install Unreal Engine

Once you have the Epic Games Launcher and an account, you can proceed to install Unreal Engine. For Windows and Mac, this is a simple and easy setup. However, the process varies slightly for Linux.

Windows

On Windows, open the Epic Games Launcher, click on the “Unreal Engine” tab, and then click on the “Install Engine” button.

Mac

For Mac users, the process is similar. Open the Epic Games Launcher, select the “Unreal Engine” tab, and click on the “Install Engine” button.

Linux

Linux users will need to compile the engine from source. Detailed instructions can be found in the Unreal Engine documentation.

Step 4: Launch Unreal Engine

After the installation is complete, you can launch Unreal Engine from the Epic Games Launcher.

Verifying the Installation

To verify that Unreal Engine has been installed correctly, create a new project and ensure that it opens without any issues.

Conclusion

Installing a 3D game engine might seem like a daunting task, but with this guide, you should be able to get Unreal Engine up and running on your computer. Once installed, you can start creating your own games, simulations, and visualizations for free!

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