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UE4: How to Download and Install Unreal Engine 4

Category: Unreal Engine 4
May 26, 2015
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In this tutorial you will learn how to download and install Unreal Engine 4 on your computer.

The process if fairly simple, but it does require few additional steps before you can use Unreal Engine world/level editor.

Follow these 6 steps to download and install Unreal Engine 4.

1. Get Unreal - Unreal Engine Launcher

Go to Unreal Engine 4 website and click on "Get Unreal" icon.

This will take you to a log-in page.

You have to sign-up/register to Epic Games Community before you can have access to use Unreal Engine.

If you do not have an account, go ahead and sign up. Registration is free and it is required to download and use UE4.

2. Download Launcher - Unreal Engine Dashboard

Before you can download Unreal Engine, you have to download and install Unreal Engine Launcher. This is also called Epic Game Launcher.

Unreal Engine Launcher is very important. It is a portal through which you will be able to download and launch any Unreal Engine version you want. You will also be able to create new projects, manage your projects and download Marketplace Content.

Once you signed up and logged in, click on "Get Unreal Engine" icon button to download "Unreal Engine/Epic Games Launcher" installer.

You will either see this screen during your log-in:

Or you can download from your account profile:

3. Install Unreal Engine Launcher

Install Unreal Engine Launcher on your computer:

4. Open Unreal Engine Launcher

After installation, you should now have "Unreal Engine 4" shortcut on your desktop. Double click on the icon to open it:

You can also use Windows Start icon and search for "Epic Game Launcher":

You will find "Unreal Engine/Epic Games Launcher" inside the default installation directory in: "C:\Program Files \Epic Games \Launcher \Engine \Binaries \Win64 \EpicGamesLauncher.exe"

5. Download Unreal Engine

Click over to Library tab and under Engine Version click on the plus icon. Using the drop down menu, choose which Unreal Engine version you want to download and install.

Downloading and installation will take a bit of time, but once it is done, you now will have Unreal Engine editor on your computer, ready to use.

6. Open Unreal Engine Editor

In order to start Unreal Engine 4 editor you will either have to create a new project, open already existing project or open a project that you downloaded from Learn or Marketplace section.

7. Create Your First Project

Follow this tutorial to create your very first project in order to open up Unreal Engine editor.

UE4 Fundamentals: Essential Beginner’s Guide to Getting Started with Unreal® Engine 4

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