For one Blender Version (easy)¶
Materialiq addon python code and assets are included in one big ZIP file. This entire file has to be installed for the addon to work. First download the ZIP file from BlenderMarket or Gumroad.
macOS 10 auto extracting ZIPs
Safari might auto extract the ZIP file when downloading. This is undesirable and will prevent the addon from working.
To stop macOS 10 automatically unzipping your files:
- Go into Safari Preferences,
- Locate page titled General,
- Scroll down to the bottom,
- Deselect the box with the text 'Open safe files after downloading',
- materialiq will now be downloaded as a .zip file and can be installed on macOS 10.
At this stage you should have an unextracted ZIP file ready on your hard-drive.
Open the specific Blender version you want to use with
materialiq. Each Blender version
has its own directory for scripts and addons, this directory is not shared between them. In our example
we will use
One addon installation for multiple blenders
See custom addon path if you want to use materialiq in multiple Blender versions without duplicating data.
Open Preferences by navigating to Edit → Preferences:
Add-ons and then the
Navigate to the addon ZIP file you downloaded earlier, select it and click install.
Screen will freeze for a bit
It is normal for Blender to freeze for a little bit while the addon is installing. Blender is extracting all the meshes, textures and other data. Please be patient.
Interrupted installations have to be retried
If you stop the Blender process at this point your materialiq installation will be corrupted, you will have to remove it and start over.
Not having enough disk space results in a corrupted installation
If you attempt to install materialiq and do not have enough disk space Blender will still attempt to unpack it and fail. This results in corrupted installations, you will have to free up disk space, remove the corrupted installation and try again.
After the screen unfreezes, check the
materialiq addon to enable it. The addon
preferences should show up and after this point you are ready to use
and make some epic scenes!
Restart Blender after installing materialiq
Restarting Blender cleans its Python module cache and prevents issues with old functions being used by accident.
Save Blender preferences
Before you go enjoy
materialiq, click the "hamburger" menu in the bottom left of
Blender preferences and select
Save preferences. This will enable
on startup. If you omit this step and do not have auto-save preferences enabled,
materialiq would still be installed after starting Blender but would not
To a Custom Addon Path (advanced)¶
There are cases where you don't want to install the materialiq ZIP into Blender's
default script path:
- you want to use materialiq in multiple Blender versions,
- you want materialiq on a drive different from the Blender installation,
- you want materialiq in a specific path so that
.blends shared with colleagues
work out of the box.
If any of those apply to you, you may want to go the more advanced route and set the addon installation path to a path of your choice.
As a first step, make sure no version of materialiq is installed. You don't want to run into problems having multiple versions of materialiq in addon path.
Choose an addon path of your convenience. Make sure this is on a hard-drive with enough free disk space.
In our example we will use
Choose a simple path
We recommend not choosing a path with unicode characters or a path that is too long. Some Operating Systems have path length limits and if you run into those the addon won't be able to find some or all files! Choose something simple, ideally as short a path as possible...
Go to Edit -> Preferences and select
File Paths in the left menu. Look for the "Scripts" path
and set it to the
You might need to reinstall addons
If you have addons already installed in the default path you have to reinstall them in the custom path. By changing the script path you are telling Blender to look for user addons elsewhere. The addons included with Blender will still be available but addons you installed yourself need to be reinstalled in the new path.
Now go to the
Add-ons tab on the left menu and select the
Install... button. Choose the
materialiq addon ZIP you downloaded earlier. On the
Target Path dropdown menu select
Preferences and click
Install Add-on. This will unzip the addon into the path selected in "Scripts".
After the screen unfreezes,
materialiq should appear.
Enable it via the checkbox:
And voila! You have installed materialiq to a custom path. If you set up the same
filepath in other Blender versions you may share materialiq or even other addons across different
Alternative: Install by extracting the files yourself
Instead of using the
Install... button in Blender, you can extract the ZIP to the custom path
using your preferred utility. For example, if we use
C:/blender_addons as our desired path, we
create another directory inside it called
addons. We set the "Scripts" path as explained above
and extract the ZIP in such a way that the folder inside the ZIP ends up inside
In our experience extracting with
7zip or a similar tool is faster, especially for large addons.
This procedure may require hitting the
Refresh button or restarting Blender for the addon to appear.
Choose the correct path
The folder at the chosen path must contain another folder called
addons. Do not set it to
C:/blender_addons/addons, that would not work! It needs to be just
materialiq requires one more addon to be installed. This addon is called
megaddon and it is the central
polygoniq addon that contains most of the addon features. It needs
to be enabled for
materialiq to work correctly.
materialiq installs megaddon automatically
megaddon is automatically installed when
materialiq is enabled in the addon
preferences after installation. If this doesn't happen for you, check troubleshooting for
more detailed information.
If you disable
materialiq features will not work correctly.
Restart Blender after installation
If you had an older version of
megaddon installed it is necessary
to restart Blender to cleanup cached Python modules after enabling the addon. It is
recommended to restart Blender after each installation so everything can bootstrap fresh.
If there is an issue with
megaddon dependency and
materialiq is installed correctly
according to installation then there might be an issue with the
megaddon version present in Blender.
megaddon dependency state
megaddon dependency installation can be checked in the
preferences. Any relevant errors will be displayed here.
Older polygoniq addons
Having older versions of any polygoniq addons can cause issues. Make sure that all other
polygoniq addons are up to date, so they don't override updated
megaddon or other
Disable and Enable
materialiq to re-install
If there is any issue with the dependency, correct version of
megaddon is shipped with
each zip file and is automatically installed when the addon is enabled in preferences.
Restart Blender after enabling, because the old Python modules may be cached.