Open Source Autodesk Maya Alternatives

    The best open source alternative to Autodesk Maya is Blender, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Autodesk Maya and nine of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Autodesk Maya are Wings 3D (Free, Open Source), Bforartists (Free, Open Source), K-3D (Free, Open Source) and Gmsh (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Sep 19, 2021

    1. Blender is the free and open-source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing, video editing, and motion tracking.
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      Blender vs Autodesk Maya opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Blender is a great alternative to Autodesk Maya.
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      Its free and open source and very powerful.
      Top positive comment  almost 3 years ago

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      The team is continually adding updates, and the features are excellent. Unfortunately, the UI is hard to navigate.
      Top positive comment  about 3 years ago

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      It is free, has a big community on Youtube, a pretty friendly user interface
      Positive comment 2 months ago

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      tobin In the 2.8 update it went from being terrible to awesome, a great alternative, plus it's free!
      Positive comment 7 months ago

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      nyaleymomoh open source and versatile
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      It's free and Open Source. It has equal or way better 3D features than Autodesk Maya on it's frequent updates.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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      Mostly because it's free, but it is also a fully-functioning and constantly improving 3D package. Nearly everything you can do in Maya is possible in Blender.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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    2. Wings 3D is a subdivision modeler inspired by Nendo and Mirai from Izware. It is possible to assign materials, vertex color, UV coordinates and textures, but there will be improvements in those features before Wings goes 1.0.
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      Wings 3D vs Autodesk Maya opinions
      Some users think Wings 3D is a great alternative to Autodesk Maya, some don't.
      Wings 3D only does modeling, it does not do animation.
      Negative comment over 6 years ago

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    3. Bforartists is a complete 3D suite to create 3D content. It offers you the full 3D art pipeline to create game graphics, prerendered movies and stills.
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      K-3D is free-as-in-freedom 3D modeling and animation software. It features a plugin-oriented procedural engine for all of its content, making K-3D a very versatile and powerful package.

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      According to the official website k-3d.org :
      The latest "source code" release is from November 2015. And the latest binary executable release is even older. According to its Sourceforge page ( https://sourceforge.net/projects/k3d/files/K-3D Win32 Binaries/ ), latest release is from june 2010.

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      Gmsh is a 3D finite element grid generator with a build-in CAD engine and post-processor. Its design goal is to provide a fast, light and user-friendly meshing tool with parametric input and advanced visualization capabilities.
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      Gmsh vs Autodesk Maya opinions
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      Gmsh is for modeling, not animation.
      Negative comment over 6 years ago

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      Dead Deer is a 3D modeler, 3D game maker, and a 3D demo maker designed to create games. The scripting language allows you to code interactions in pseudo-C with the animation and synthesizes your rendering with your shaders.
    4. Fragmentarium is an open source, cross-platform IDE for exploring pixel based graphics on the GPU. It is inspired by Adobe's Pixel Bender, but uses GLSL, and is created specifically with fractals and generative systems in mind.
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      Fragmentarium vs Autodesk Maya opinions
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      Fragmentarium is only for modeling, not animation.
      Negative comment over 6 years ago

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    5. DeleD is a 3D modeler and level-editor combined into one. It focuses at game development and is specifically designed to create static objects/worlds.
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    6. OpenFX is an open-source, free modeling and animation studio, distributed under the GNU General Public License. A powerful feature-set includes a full renderer and raytrace engine, NURBS support, kinematics-based animation, morphing, and an extensive plugin API.
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