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How to Install Unity and Create a New Project

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Unity is a game engine that allows developers to create games for almost any platform: Desktop, Mobile, VR, WebGL, Consoles, and others. To begin using Unity, it first needs to be installed.

The installation is done through a program called Unity Hub:

Upon opening Unity Hub, you'll need to sign in using a Unity account:

Unity Hub Sign In

If you do not have an account, you can create one here.

The starter license is free, but if you want to get a Pro license, you can get one here.

The pros of Pro license:

  • Ability to remove the Unity splash screen
  • Ability to use Real-time cloud diagnostics and analytics
  • No cap on the profits

Installing Unity

  • In Unity Hub click 'Installs' then click 'ADD'

Unity Hub Unity Install

  • As you can see, there are many version to choose from, but if you're just starting then you can just select the Recommended Release, after that click 'NEXT'
  • In the next step, you will be presented with the module selection. Modules are the addons required to build the game for a specific platform. For example, if you are planning to make games for Android and iOS then select 'Android Build Support' and/or 'iOS Build Support'. You can select as many modules as you need.

Unity Hub Addon Module Selection

  • After the needed modules are selected, click 'DONE', the Unity will now begin to download.

Creating New Project

  • In Unity Hub click on 'Projects' then click 'NEW'
  • A new window will appear where you can set project name, select project template, and pick the location where the project folder will be created:

Unity Create a New Project

  • If you want to develop a 2D game, select the '2D' template, otherwise select the '3D' template.

Tip: Click on the (i) icon near each template to see what's included in it.

  • Finally, click 'CREATE' and wait for the new project to initialize.
  • After the project is created, the Unity editor will be opened automatically:

Unity Editor