Q100271: Installing Katana on Linux

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SUMMARY

This article summarises the basic steps to install and launch Katana on Linux:

  1. Download the Katana installer
  2. Unpack and run the Katana installer
  3. Download and install the renderer of your choice
  4. Create a startup script so you can make sure Katana knows where to find all the resources
  5. Start & License Katana
  6. All done!

 

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  1. Download the Katana installer

    Go to www.foundry.com/products/katana/download and download the latest Linux build from the set of links on the right hand side:

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  2. Unpack and run the Katana installer

    In a terminal, navigate to where the Katana installer has been downloaded in step 1. Unpack the .tar.gz file using the command tar -xvzf filename



    Once the tar file is unpacked, run the install.sh file that should now be in the folder.



    You will now be prompted with the end user license agreement (EULA) printed in the terminal. Press space to expand and read through it. Once you reach the end you will be prompted with the question ‘Do you accept the terms of the EULA?’. If you accept the terms of the end user license agreement, type yes and press enter to agree. 



    You will then be prompted to enter the path where you would like Katana to be installed. Enter a directory of your choice here, for example /opt/Foundry/Katana2.5v4.



    Press enter and the installer will run. Once it is done, you will get a confirmation message saying ‘Katana is now installed in /opt/Foundry/Katana2.5v4’.


  3. Download and install the renderer of your choice

    After installing Katana you can run and work with 3D scenes, but not render anything yet. This is because Katana doesn’t ship with any built-in renderer and needs an external renderer to be installed on your system, and a renderer plug-in to allow it to communicate with Katana and render the scene.

    The following renderers are available for Katana:

    - RenderManProServer by Pixar
    - Arnold by Solidangle
    - V-Ray by Chaosgroup
    - 3Delight by 3Delight

    Please contact the renderer vendors directly to obtain a copy of the renderer and the Katana renderer plug-ins, and purchase a renderer license. More information for each of them can be found in the following articles:

    Q100243: RenderMan for Katana
    Q100244: Arnold for Katana
    Q100245: V-Ray for Katana
    Q100246: 3Delight for Katana

  4. Create a startup script so you can make sure Katana knows where to find all the resources

    Alter or set up a wrapper script like the one outlined in this article: Q100272: Creating a Katana launcher script for Linux

  5. Start & License Katana

    If you are working in a studio environment and your license is using a floating license server setup then please talk to your IT team to make sure your client machine is licensed correctly and you are able to launch and use Katana.

    More information on installing a floating license can be found in this article: Q100027: How to install a floating license?

    If you are using a license dedicated to your machine (node-locked license) then you can use the licensing dialog that will pop up when you first launch Katana, to license the application. The dialog looks like this:



    To install your license click 'Install License' and then choose one of the three options:



    - For floating licenses click "License Server" and use the information provided by your IT team and instructions in this article: Q100027: How to install a floating license?

    - For a node-locked license click on "Activation Key/License Text" or "Install from Disk" and follow the instructions in the 'Using the Product License Dialog' section of this article: Q100026: How to install a node-locked license?

    Depending on whether you have received a node-locked activation key or license text, enter that info into the correct one of the two text fields below, or browse directly to the location of your .lic license file.  



  6. All done!

    Once the license is installed you are ready to launch and start using Katana!

    MORE INFORMATION

    Guidance on using Katana can be found in the following resources:

    Katana Online Help
    http://help.thefoundry.co.uk/katana/current/

    Katana Developer Guide
    http://help.thefoundry.co.uk/katana/current/dev-guide/

    If you are new to Katana, you can find a tutorial that will guide you through your first steps to use and understand Katana, here: The Way of the Katana
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