Blender is the free and open source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation.

Availability and Restrictions


The following versions of Blender are available on OSC systems: 

Version Owens Pitzer
2.79 X*  
2.91 X X*
3.6.3 X X
* Current default version

You can use module spider blender to view available modules for a given machine. Feel free to contact OSC Help if you need other versions for your work.


Blender is available to all OSC users. If you have any questions, please contact OSC Help.

Publisher/Vendor/Repository and License Type

Blender Foundation, Open source


Set-up for Blender 3.6.3

module load blender/3.6.3

Using Blender 3.6.3

To run software-accelerated Blender, run either of the following equivalent commands:

apptainer exec $BLENDER_IMG blender
apptainer exec $BLENDER_IMG blender-softwaregl

Set-up for Blender 2.X

On Pitzer or Owens-Desktop 'vis' or 'any' node type, run the following command:

module load blender

Using Blender 2.X

To run hardware-rendering version of blender, connect to OSC OnDemand and luanch a virtual desktop, either a Lightweight Desktop or an Interactive HPC 'vis' type Desktop, and in desktop open a terminal and run blender with VirtualGL

module load virtualgl
vglrun blender

You can also run software-rendering version of blender on any type Desktop: 


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