[External Program] Blender Version Manager for 2.8

(Oleg Stepanov) #1

Blender Version Manager

Minimalistic download manager for Blender 2.8 (Win x64) latest builds.

  • Simple UI with list of downloaded versions from BuildBot
  • Indication of running version and its number of instances
  • Automatic checking of latest builds
  • Fast access via tray icon

Main Window

Tray Context Menu


  • By default the root folder for versions is the Blender Version Manager executable folder
  • Program automatically downloads the latest version and unzips it
  • You can run Blender by simply pressing the version button
  • When Blender is running button highlighted with orange color and number in blue square on the right shows count of opened instances
  • Symbol ★ stands for the most recent local version of Blender
  • You can add program to startup by checking Toggle Run on Startup in File menu
  • You can force program to launch minimized to tray by checking Toggle Run Minimize in File menu
  • You can run latest local version of Blender from tray context menu


Latest build:
:arrow_down: Download Blender Version Manager v1.3.3 (Win x64) from GitHub

Source Code:
:page_facing_up: Blender Version Manager on GitHub

:money_with_wings: Blender Version Manager on Gumroad


Icons was made thanx to @jendrzych svg file sharing!
Appreciate any feedback and pull requests!

List of addons that work with 2.8
(sirmaxim) #2

Interesting. Maybe you should take a look at this recent thread: Script to download latest build

(Oleg Stepanov) #3

I made a full program with user friendly interface and no need to install any additional stuff. It is working out of the box (on Windows at least :sweat_smile:).

(sirmaxim) #4

Oh, I was just suggesting you might collaborate or something. After a few minor tweaks, I got the previous working on my ArchLinux install. I don’t require a GUI, but other people would certainly appreciate one, which you did. Since both are done in python, I figure it wouldn’t be that difficult to put the code together and insure cross platform, perhaps make a few improvements? Was just a thought.

(Oleg Stepanov) #5

Just released v1.0.2!


  • Threading misbehavior for file loading
  • Latest local Blender version with star icon not showing in some cases


  • Notification for successful update
  • Latest local version of Blender can be executed from tray context menu

(jendrzych) #6

Hey, I simply love the program’s icon!

(Toudou) #7

Indeed, I like the icon. And this program.

(Oleg Stepanov) #8

@jendrzych @Toudou Thanx for feedback! Creating icons is a challanging process for me :joy:

There is may be some minor bugs, so please report!

(Oleg Stepanov) #9

This supposed to be v1.1.0, but since I found a bug, please download a new version!

Finally released v1.1.1!

Program now is a single exe file!


  • Wrong version opens from tray menu


  • Click on tray icon menu opens program window
  • Readable versions names with git number and release date
  • Version list sorting from new to old
  • UI enhancements

(Zimlorog) #10

Hi, this looks really great!

However, I have my default folder set to C:/Blender/2.8, but it doesn’t show a version. Pressing the Update button just crashes.

(Oleg Stepanov) #11

Hi! Sad to hear that program crashes :confused:
Did a pretty dumb mistake in code. Thanx for reporting, really appreciate it!
Please, download the latest version with fix:

Download v1.1.1 for Windows from GitHub

(Zimlorog) #12

It works! I love it! Thank you so much!


Thanks pretty cool little helper.


I used it yesterday and it all went well but today trying to update again and after a successful download it crashed while extracting and now if I try to run it all I get is this window error:

Fatal Error Detected

Failed to execute script main

(Oleg Stepanov) #15

First you need to delete a folder it tried extract blender to.
Then try to update again, I will stay in touch until then.
Sorry for making trouble with that program to you :sweat_smile:

(Oleg Stepanov) #16

Hi folks!
It’s been a long time… Finally uploaded new version!

Blender Version Manager 1.3 changes:

  • Added Indication of running instances of Blender
  • UI polishing
  • Bug fixes

It is a pre-release, so please report if there is any bugs!

(Bohdan Lvov) #17

dude, you just a life saver! thank you so much!

but it seem to crash whenever I’m trying to set a path: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjO7R2Ayv2Q
Am I doing something wrong?

1.1.1 works as intended.
Btw, is there a chance to add option to overwrite existing build and to exctract in the same folder each time?

(Oleg Stepanov) #18


Thanx for report, updated build:

Blender Version Manager v1.3.1 Win x64

About your question:
It supposed to store versions separately since latest build may crush or have critical bugs.

(Bohdan Lvov) #19

Well yeah, but don’t you have some plans to add overwrite as an option? Basically making it autoupdater.

(Oleg Stepanov) #20

I programmed this app for my internal purposes and share it as is, so I don’t really plan anything, but thanx for advice! If I will have time I will take a look at this option.