Installing Unity & Getting Started with Game Development

To begin developing in Unity, you will need to download and install Unity Hub to your PC/Mac. To do this, simply click on the following link or type the URL into your browser.
http://www.unity.com

  • This will bring you to the Unity homepage where you can begin the download. Click on the “GET STARTED” button.
Downloading Unity
  • Next, in the “Personal” version column, under the “Individual” tab click on the “Get Started” button. This version is free and you will have the same core functions as the paid versions.
Selecting the Personal Use Option
  • Now you will be taken to the download page where you can begin the download process.
  • Click on the “Download for Windows” button for PC, or click the “Download other Versions” button to select either Mac or Linux.
Download Button
  • After the download is complete, click on the downloaded file to begin the installation of Unity Hub.
  • You will be prompted to agree to the Unity Terms of Service. Click
    “I Agree”, select a destination folder for installation, and click on “Install”.
Agree to Terms of Service
Destination Folder & Install
  • After your installation is complete, run Unity Hub. If you are prompted to allow access through Windows Firewall, go ahead and allow access.
  • Once in Unity Hub, click the “Installs” option on the left, then click the
    “Install Editor” button on the top right.
Unity Installs
  • Install the latest, recommended release by clicking the respective “Install” button.
Latest, Recommended Release
  • Add the modules you would like included with this install, then click the
    “Continue” button.
NOTE: The options selected in the following image are my preferences. If you would like to install another module (i.e.; iOS), be sure to select that option also.
Module Install Options
NOTE: If Android was one of your selections, you will be prompted to accept Google’s SDK and NDK license terms. Tick the “I have read…” checkbox and click the “Install” button.
Accept SDK & NDK Terms

Setting Up Your First Project

Now we are going to set up our first project in Unity Hub.

  • Back in Unity Hub, on the “Projects” tab, click the “New Project” button.
New Project Button
  • At the New Project options screen, select the Editor Version and template. Give your new project a name & save location, and click the “Create Project” button.
NOTE: Select 2D if your project will be strictly 2D.
Select 3D if your project will be either 2.5D or 3D.
You can read about Unity Project Templates here:
https://docs.unity3d.com/2021.1/Documentation/Manual/ProjectTemplates.html
Creating New Project
  • Once the project has been created, Unity will go to the Project Screen.

I hope you found this article to be informative and it helps you get setup with Unity so you can start creating some great games/applications.

--

--

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
James Hills

James Hills

I am a married father of 5 children. I decided at 13 years of age that I was going to become a Software Developer.