Unity3d portable installation

Is it possible to install Unity3d on USB flash drive and run it on different computers?

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asked Jun 18, 2010 at 10:55 AM

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UP! the answer isn't really explicit, and on mac i dont understand at all how to do :s

here is the related question i wanted to ask on forum, but dont have enough participation on it:

I frequently work at school on my project, but school computers doesn't let us have more than 5go on the hard drive, and its not enough for my project to run on, so i wanted to know if in a way or another, i would be able to work there;

i need either: - make my project folder portable on an external hard drive between my windows 7 computer and the school mac computer - have a portable installation of mac version of unity on an external hard drive who doesn't require to be run always on the same computer. - any other option you would introduce me to.

(you need to know that we dont have root on the school computers, but unity is already on them, it is however impossible to re install unity by ourselves from them.)

Thanks a lot if you can answer me, i have a big project and sharing it with other students would be great.

PS: (Could you give a better explanation on how to do it on mac specifically? Thanks a lot ^^.)

Dec 26, 2014 at 09:08 PM Aksotroth
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Yes. You can take the editor and files with you. Firstly, copy the file path onto your folder:

C:\Program Files\Unity

Then, copy the directory for your project. You should know where you save that, usually in the Documents.

After that run Unity.exe (or something similar on Mac) from the "Editor" directory.

This will start up Unity and have all your scripts there. Best thing, it doesn't install a thing. It'll run all the stuff from the flash drive, and save it to the flash drive. You can always put it in, check your game, then go somewhere else.

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answered Jun 18, 2010 at 12:14 PM

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Is there a licensing issue with that? (maybe not the free version). I'd personally check with UT first on that.

Jun 18, 2010 at 02:44 PM Cyclops

@Cyclops - Probably not, since you're reproducing it for a non-profit, non-shared, use. You're just using the product on a separate drive. This should be allowed in the licensing, since you're not breaking laws or anything.

Jun 21, 2010 at 10:19 AM Biendeo

Word of warning, back up your flash drive if you save anything of any importance on it!! My flashdrive just broke, and I would have lost my entire unity project if had not had it backed up!

Mar 14, 2012 at 11:50 AM legopatch

My laptop has 5mb of hard drive space, so I can't do that. How do I install it directly onto the flash drive?

Apr 26 at 04:37 AM ei1
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Does it install registry files? I think it will.

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answered Nov 01, 2010 at 06:47 PM

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I've tried it with vmware's thinstall but was unsuccesfull.

could you please tell me how you pulled it off to create a portable version of unity?

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answered Apr 12, 2011 at 08:58 AM

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@Maart: Try placing comments, instead of asking a new question as an answer.

Apr 12, 2011 at 09:42 AM Marnix
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Im not sure if it will run on a different computer because the registry files are installed on the computer you installed it on. As long as you use it on the same PC, you should be fine.

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answered Nov 29, 2011 at 11:21 PM

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Am i able to install Unity3d onto my portable device(mobile phone), and use it where ever i want whenever i can, without having it installed on any computer at all? I've selected to install it on my device, but it still installed it on the computer but put the maps onto my device. I still can't run the program on another computer :(

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answered Dec 14, 2012 at 04:21 PM

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