Unity is a free, powerful game engine that developers can use to create and publish amazing 2D/3D games across a multitude of platforms.
This article is going to explain first how to get Unity Hub, a management tool for Unity projects and installations. It’ll explain next how to get the latest Unity version from Unity Hub and lastly, how to create a new Unity project. All of this will be completed in 9 simple steps. Let’s go!
The 9 steps
- Go to https://unity.com/ and click the Get Started button in the top right.
2. In Plans and pricing, click on the Individual tab and click the “Get started” button under Personal.
3. Follow the prompts for First-time users or Returning users respectively. Either flow gets you to download the UnityHubSetup.dmg file.
4. Double-click the dmg file. Follow the prompts for installation and accept the terms and agreement for the Unity Hub app. Afterwards, open Unity Hub and go to the “Installs” tab.
5. Initially, the “Installs” page will be blank. Otherwise, if you already have Unity on your computer, it will show those version(s). Now, click the “Add” button to get the latest version of Unity.
6. Generally, you’re looking to pick up the latest Recommended/Official Release that has the (LTS) tag. LTS stands for Long Term Support. These versions will have the latest Unity features and also receive fixes for a longer period of time without having to upgrade Unity versions. We’ll pick the first option and click “Next”.
7. You can then pick the support packages that you want to include with your Unity installation. The packages that you include will vary depending on your game’s target platforms. I usually pick iOS, Mac, and WebGL because I will likely develop games for these platforms the most often. Click the “Done” button after making your selection(s).
8. You should now see your new version of Unity in the “Installs” tab. Now, we can create a new project. Go to the Unity Hub “Projects” tab and click on the “New” button to create a new Unity project.
9. Give your project a name, choose a project template, choose a location to save your project, and click the “Create” button.
Congrats! You’ve set up your first Unity project. Unity has a lot of amazing tools and features to explore. I recommend going to the “Learn” tab in the Unity Hub and download a project that looks interesting to you to start your Unity journey.