Package Base Details: houdini

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Submitter: mihaim
Maintainer: None
Last Packager: AWhetter
Votes: 7
Popularity: 0.033298
First Submitted: 2011-10-18 18:03
Last Updated: 2018-06-24 00:36

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AWhetter commented on 2017-11-16 06:00

I've updated this for Houdini 16 but because PySide2 currently doesn't install, I have a hacky setup where I've downloaded and unpacked python2-pyqt5, pyqt5-common, and python2-sip from here ( I've then edited /opt/houdini/houdini/python2.7libs/hutil/ line 318 from "if preferred:" to "if False:" to get houdini to try using PyQt5 instead of just PySide2. Finally I run houdini with `PYTHONPATH=</path/to/unpacked/pyqt/stuff>/usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/ /opt/houdini/bin/houdini`.

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flolilo commented on 2020-05-25 18:42

Quick'n'dirty solution (tested with apprentice License only, Houdini 18.0.460):

  • Download the Houdini Launcher (
  • Make it executable
  • sudo mkdir /etc/init.d
  • ./ --> Install Houdini, Install License Manager.
  • Launch Houdini
  • After restart/whenever necessary start the License Server via sudo /usr/lib/sesi/sesinetd.startup start

I have not yet tested more than basic functions (placing models, rendering), and also this is not the cleanest solution (I only tried this because I am reinstalling the system on a new FS, so potentially nuking stuff was no concern), but it seems to work fine.

Tanghe commented on 2020-05-19 13:17


could u b more specific dude ? i have no idea where the licencing server is installed to (idk where it's installed 2)

also plz provide me with the files for the licencing server.

il make figure out hoz to make a package and upload it. and maynbe maintain it for updates.

lewis2e commented on 2020-01-13 11:47

Not sure how helpful this comment will be, however, just to note, I was able to download and run Houdini 18 with no real difficulty on my Arch install.

The only fiddling I had to do was to move the licensing server to the correct location (it will only run from /usr/lib/sesi) and write a simple Systemd service to start and stop the licencing server on boot.

I have not run into any Python related problems, or anything described in the comments below with Houdini 18. It just… works.

I’d write a PKGBUILD to do this, but it’s beyond my capability.

lunarscum commented on 2019-12-13 18:42

I managed to get Houdini 17.5 to install and run with a modified version of this PKGBUILD. It's not the prettiest, but you can find it here:

I also had to alter the PKGBUILD for python-rpyc to get this to work. You can find that here:

I don't think I did a particularly great job on these alterations since I don't normally create and maintain packages, so use at your own risk.

@AWhetter -- that being said, I'd be happy to spin up more on package maintenance if you want to pass the package to me.

habernir commented on 2018-07-19 05:16


how do i upgrade to verison 536? i just change the version to 536?

underpants commented on 2018-07-15 16:58

@dreamingincode, the libfontconfig incompatibility is caused by sidefx distributing their own precompiled version of libfreetype. you can move/delete* from dsolib/ to resolve. someone had a similar problem with another package here:

dreamingincode commented on 2018-04-10 23:51

New build available: 3e2991c66a2f017149efc8f4837b3cb023d2f372 houdini-16.5.405-linux_x86_64_gcc4.8.tar.gz

And hope @prahalad 's patch can be merged :)

And also there's a new libfontconfig incompatibility, and you need to put the binary from fontconfig-2.12.6+5+g665584a-1 to /opt/houdini/dsolib/

prahalad commented on 2018-04-08 05:17

why not add this in your package_houdini() section, that should install the dependent pyslide packages.

# Install python
install -d ${pkgdir}/opt/houdini/python
msg2 "Extracting python"
tar xzf pythonlibdeps.tar.gz -C ${pkgdir}/opt/houdini/python
tar xzf python2.7.tar.gz -C ${pkgdir}/opt/houdini/python

HerbertFlunder commented on 2018-01-06 21:48

I had the same problem with the PyQt5 hack. I ended up installing houdini manually using the official install script contained in the tar. Everything is working now. Looking at the script it seems that houdini brings its own python2 and pyside2. Maybe the PKGBUILD should just call the official install script.

ParadoxSpiral commented on 2017-12-14 16:47

Hi, I tried your hack, but when placing a FLIP fluid container, houdini segfaults. Any idea why that might be? Note: I'm using 16.0, not 16.5.