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Project Status: Active
Active Developers: amorilia, neomonkeus
Former Developers: Brandano, m4444x
Contributors: PacificMorrowind, entim, shon, kikaimegami, malo, Artorp, tijer, lhammonds, fritz_fretz, zinx, ...

Blender is a free and open source program for 3D modeling, animation, and rendering, and is available for all major operating systems including Windows, Linux, and Mac. The Blender NIF scripts enable Blender to import and export NIF files. The scripts also require Python and PyFFI.

Recommended Downloads - Blender 2.49

Read the notes before starting the install process



  • Install each in order as listed.
Requirements Version Download Link Additional Notes
Python 2.6.6 Python 2.6.6 Only 32-bit, x86 version supported
Blender 2.49b Blender 2.49b
PyFFI 2.1.11 PyFFI 2.1.11
Blender Nif Scripts 2.5.9 Blender Nif Scripts 2.5.9 No official Skyrim support, workarounds available


3D Package Import Export Textures Skin Deform Animation Lights Cameras Particles Oblivion Collision
3ds Max Yes Yes Base, Glow, EnvMap, Bump, Gloss, Dark & Detail Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Blender Yes Yes Base, Glow, EnvMap, Bump, Gloss, Dark & Detail Yes Yes No No No Yes
Maya Yes Yes Base & Glow Yes No No No No No

The main features of the scripts are:

  • native DDS support - no longer need to convert your textures - for this to work you need a recent version of Blender, at least 2.46
  • support for all currently known NIF versions and many games (because PyFFI processes the format xml description directly, any update to the format can be immediately used)
  • built-in stripifier, tangent space calculation, and skin partition calculation
  • handles Oblivion collisions fairly well (everything fully supported except for mopps which are still very experimental, this will likely remain so)
  • full bone and skinning support
  • animation support for Morrowind and Oblivion
  • Oblivion custom "skeleton.nif" support, including havok and constraints




Skinning & Animation

List of all subpages of Blender:

BlenderBlender/Beginners GuideBlender/Chair
Blender/CollisionBlender/HelmetBlender/Inventory icon
Blender/Oblivion Character AnimationBlender/Quick Start
Blender/Split Oblivion Meshes
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