Installing Maya 2015 on a Debian based Linux

Installing Autodesk Maya 2015 onto my Debian/Ubuntu/Frankenstein Linux was much more challenging then I initially anticipated. so I thought I would post a quick work instruction for anyone trying to do the same thing.

Note that this assumes that you have some basic knowledge of terminal in Linux and you already have a copy of Maya extracted and ready to install.

First of all Maya needs to be installed onto a 64bit Linux to work. To check if your Linux is 64bit open up a terminal and type:

uname -m

If it comes back with x86_64 then your good to go. If not you can always download and install a 64bit version of your distro.

Step 1: We need to install a whole bunch of programs first that Maya needs to be able to run.


sudo apt-get install -y alien
sudo apt-get install -y csh tcsh libaudiofile-dev libglw1-mesa elfutils
sudo apt-get install -y gamin libglw1-mesa-dev mesa-utils xfs xfstt
sudo apt-get install -y ttf-liberation xfonts-100dpi xfonts-75dpi
sudo apt-get install -y ttf-mscorefonts-installer

Step 2: Next we need to convert the maya’s installer .rpm files into .deb files.


Note: last time I did this I had a problem with the Composite package installing and making a huge mess, its not necessary for Maya to run so its best to delete it

sudo alien -cv *.rpm


Step 3: Install the newly converted .deb files

dpkg -i *.deb


Step 4: Now that its installed run the installer to licence the application. It will fail to install but it will add your licence to maya.

Now that the installation is complete its time to fix all the bugs.

Bug 1: Copy across the libraries that were missed in the installation.

sudo cp <maya installation directory>/libadlmPIT* /usr/lib/
sudo cp <maya installation directory>/libadlmutil* /usr/lib/


Bug 2: Add a temp folder for mental ray to cache stuff to

sudo mkdir /usr/tmp
sudo chmod 777 /usr/tmp


Bug 3: Maya is going to complain about not having the correct version of libssl even though it doesnt come with that version, but that can be easily fixed.

sudo ln -s /usr/autodesk/maya2015-x64/support/openssl/ /usr/autodesk/maya2015-x64/lib/
sudo ln -s /usr/autodesk/maya2015-x64/support/openssl/ /usr/autodesk/maya2015-x64/lib/


Bug 4: Maya cannot find the systems tiff or jpg librarys because Red Hat puts them in a different place to Debian.

sudo apt-get install libjpeg62:i386
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ /usr/lib/
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ /usr/lib/

creating a sym link to the files works well in 2014 but I find that it doesn’t always work for 2015. So instead we need to modify the maya file in Maya’s bin directory.

sudo vim /usr/autodesk/maya2015-x64/bin/maya

search for the line:

Directly under that line add the following:
# I added the next line to fix a jpg problem
setenv LD_PRELOAD /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/

Bug 5: When trying to generate 3d text in maya it wont work because all the fonts on the debian system are the wrong type. To convert them we need to use t1ascii to convert them to the correct type one by one…. but I’m lazy so I just wrote a script to do it for me.


for x in `find /usr/share/fonts -name *.pfb`
y=$(sed s/.[^.]*$// <<< $x)
t1ascii $x $y.pfa
xset +fp /usr/share/fonts/X11/100dpi/
xset +fp /usr/share/fonts/X11/75dpi/
xset fp rehash



A few other notes:
Most of the commands need to be run as root.
If your not comfortable with command line text editors your can always launch gedit from the command line by typing ‘gksudo gedit’ which will launch a graphic text editor.
I wrote this little article at some ridiculous hour in the morning so it may have some mistakes.

If you are stuck and want to ask a question or if you have any suggestions feel free to comment 🙂

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