Installing Unreal Engine

Steps for installing Unreal Engine.

Windows
MacOS
Linux
Prerequisite Topics

This page assumes you have prior knowledge of the following topics. Please read them before proceeding.

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By the end of this tutorial, you'll be able to:

The Epic Games Launcher enables users to conveniently download and install updates for Unreal Engine.

We currently don't provide a binary installer of Unreal Engine for Linux.

Linux users can compile Unreal Engine from source by referring to our Linux Quick Start Guide documentation.

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By the end of this tutorial, you'll be able to:

The Epic Games Launcher enables users to conveniently download and install updates for Unreal Engine.

We currently don't provide a binary installer of Unreal Engine for Linux.

Linux users can compile Unreal Engine from source by referring to our Linux Quick Start Guide documentation.

Downloading and Running the Installer

Please follow these steps to download the Epic Games Launcher.

  • Navigate to UnrealEngine.com

  • Click Get Started Now.

  • Click the Download Now button that corresponds to your intended use for the Unreal Engine. If you intend to make games, select the Publishing License, otherwise select the Creators License for internal, custom, linear, or educational content.

  • The Save As dialog will appear. Please select the download location and click Save.

  • Once the download is complete, Run the installer.

  • Click the Install button when the Epic Games Launcher Setup dialog box appears.

  • The Save As dialog will appear. Please select the download location and click Save.

  • Once the download is complete, open the installer and move the Epic Games Launcher to the Applications folder.

  • Run the application to start installation.

  • Click the Install button when the Epic Games Launcher Setup dialog box appears.

Signing into the Epic Games Launcher

  • After the set-up program installs the Epic Games Launcher on your machine, you can log in by using your Epic Games account.

Creating an Epic Games Account

  • If you have an Epic Games account, skip to the next section. Otherwise, click on Sign Up to create a new account.

  • Now select Sign Up with Email

  • Enter all required information to create your account.

  • Once your account is created, Sign In to the Epic Games Launcher.

Installing Unreal Engine

Now that you've signed into the Epic Games Launcher, you're ready to install UE4.

Space Requirements: Unreal Engine uses approximately eight gigabytes of disk space for every version of the engine that is installed on a machine. Make sure you have plenty of disk space prior to installing Unreal Engine.

  • Click the Unreal Engine tab inside the Epic Games Launcher.

  • Click the Install Engine button to download and install the latest version of Unreal Engine.

  • Choose a location for the Unreal Engine installation or accept the default one and click Install.  Depending on your system specifications, downloading and installing Unreal Engine will take between 10-40 minutes.  

Now that you've signed into the Epic Games Launcher, you're ready to install UE4.

Space Requirements: Unreal Engine uses approximately eight gigabytes of disk space for every version of the engine that is installed on a machine. Make sure you have plenty of disk space prior to installing UE4.

  • Click the Unreal Engine tab inside the Epic Games Launcher Loading Screen.

  • Click the Install Engine button to download and install the latest version of Unreal Engine.

  • Choose a local for the Unreal Engine installation or accept the default location and click Install.  Depending on your system specifications, downloading and installing Unreal Engine will take between 10-40 minutes.

Launching Unreal Engine

After the Epic Games Launcher successfully downloads and installs Unreal Engine, you're ready to click the Launch button.

Congratulations! You've learned how to:

Create an Epic Games account (if you didn't already have one)
Download and Run the Installer (Epic Games Launcher Set-Up Program)
Sign into the Epic Games Launcher
Install Unreal Engine
Launch Unreal Engine

Now, you're ready to start using Unreal Engine.

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