Installation

Installing the Addons

Warning! There are currently two versions available for download:

  • 3.40 is the latest stable release for Blender 2.79, with all features.
  • 3.41 is an experimental release for Blender 2.8, it’s not production ready! There are missing features, bugs. It’s only for testing and experiments, for informed users who want to play with the rigs in the not-finished-yet Blender 2.8.

If you’re not sure which one to choose, go for the 3.40 version (Blender 2.79 only).

  • Extract the .zip file in a new folder (name it Auto-Rig Pro for example).
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This folder contains one blend file, the addons directories containing the addons to install, and the remap presets that may be used with the Remap tool. Here is how to install the addons.

Auto-Rig:

  • In Blender, press Ctrl-Alt-U > Add-ons > Install from file >
  • Look for the addons folder > select auto_rig_pro-master.zip then click Install from File
  • Check the box next to the addon in the list to enable it.

Proxy Picker:

  • Ctrl-Alt-U > Add-ons > Install from file >
  • Look for addons folder > select proxy_picker.py then click Install from File
  • Check the box next to the addon in the list to enable it.

Note about the Rig Tools addon:

  • Only install the Rig Tools addon (rig_tools.zip) if you don’t install the Auto-Rig addon (e.g. after rigging your character, you can send it to the animator to ensure the IK snaps and other rig functions). Make sure not to install both addons, it could potentially lead to internal conflicts.

Scripts Execution

Finally, by default Blender is very cautious with scripts and even bones drivers execution. When starting up a new scene and clicking Add Armature to add the default rig, Blender will show a warning Auto-run disabled [Ignore] … in the top menu:

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The rig does not work properly, no arms/legs, caused by an extreme scaling due to this error. Because Blender by default does not run python code for safety reasons, even not bones drivers, which are mathematical expressions to handle the bones mechanic, placement, rotation, scale…

They are two ways to fix that:

  1. Save the file, reload it. A warning will be displayed in the top menu. Click Reload Trusted to enable the scripts and drivers for this file only. The drawback of this method is each time the file is open, it’s necessary to click Reload Trusted to expressively tell Blender to execute the coded datas of this file.
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  1. Or in the User Preferences > File (Ctrl-Alt-U), click Auto-Run Python Scripts. It will allow the code execution for any file automatically. Then click Save User Settings below to save:
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Of course, most addons are safe, but always make sure to install addons from trusted sources.