To download the installation package:
The same installation package is intended for all users: Free Apprentice, Houdini Indie, or Commercial Customers. It is the installed license that determines which features are available in the application and what restrictions are imposed on its use.
If you want to download a specific build or version, go to Download→Download Daily Builds. For more about daily builds and production builds, scroll down to the "Daily Builds" section on this page (at the bottom).
$ tar -xvzf houdini-126.96.36.199-linux_x86_64_gcc4.8.tar.gz
$ cd houdini-188.8.131.52-linux_x86_64_gcc4.8/
$ sudo ./houdini.install
houdini.installfile with your mouse. It will run the installer in a terminal.
There are few ways of installing licenses. The easiest method is described below:
By starting Houdini for the first time or without a license, you will be propmted to install either
Choosing Apprentice, an Apprentice license is installed and Houdini will launch in the non-commerical mode. *By choosing Paid License, Houdini License Adminstrator will show up.
Select File -> Install Licenses...
Enter your licensing login ID and the password. *You will see a list of licenses to which you are entitled.
For other details, please refer to the Apprentice FAQ for the installation of the free non-commercial licenses, and to the License Management for the installation of the Indie and commercial licenses.
You can download various versions of Houdini from the Daily Builds page.
There are a few sections on the download page. The stable versions appear first in the "Production Build" section.
The "Daily Builds" appear next, if you scroll down.
There are also "Archived Builds" at the bottom of the download page for some older versions of Houdini.
All Houdini installation packages are available from the Daily Builds page.
Side Effects provides new builds of Houdini almost every day. They called daily builds and contain bug fixes and small improvements to the software. The detailed list of fixes is available in the journal next to the download link. By installing a daily build, users are often able to benefit right away from our agile development process.
Side Effects periodically designates a daily build of Houdini as a "production build". Production builds are released almost monthly and have gone through the full quality assurance process, so they are at least as stable as the original. It is thus advisable to upgrade from time to time, particularly from one production build to another to take full advantage of new improvements.