Installing a different Unity version

How to install a different Unity version

Each build machine image has a specific version of Unity installed. You can find out the specific Unity version by consulting the build machine specification in the documentation.

If you need to use a different Unity version, then it is possible to use the Unity Hub CLI to download and install a different Unity Editor version and target support files for that version.

License activation and return takes place with the Unity version already installed on the machine, but building of the Xcode project or Android binary will use the version of Unity you install.

Getting the Unity version number and changeset id

In order to install a different version, you will need to know the full Unity version number and its changeset id. These details can be found in the Unity download archive here. To get the changeset id, first select the version you intend to use and then click on the ‘Release Notes’ button. Scroll to the bottom of the release notes and you will see the changeset id which you should make a note of.

Environment variables

You will need three environment variables in your codemagic.yaml called UNITY_VERSION, UNITY_VERSION_CHANGESET, and UNITY_VERSION_BIN.

You should set the value of UNITY_VERSION to the full version number as displayed on the Unity Hub download archive page. For example, if the version is 2019.4.38f1, set the variable as follows:

UNITY_VERSION: 2019.4.38f1

The value of UNITY_VERSION_CHANGESET should be set using the changeset id that you obtained from the release notes page on the Unity Hub download archive. For example, if the changeset id is fdbb7325fa47, then set the variable as follows:


The UNITY_VERSION_BIN should be set as follows so the Unity binary path is declared for the version you want to build with:

UNITY_VERSION_BIN: /Applications/Unity/Hub/Editor/${UNITY_VERSION}/

Activating Unity

Even though you are installing a different version of Unity to build your apps with, you should activate your license using the default Unity version already installed on the machine. Unity Hub CLI commands do not work correctly if a license is not already active on the machine.

Unity installation script

After activating the Unity license as usual, add the following script to install the desired version and modules you wish to use. The example below uses Unity Hub CLI commands to install the specified Unity version as well as the Android and iOS Build Support modules.

    - name: Install Unity version
      script: | 
        /Applications/Unity\\ Hub -- --headless install --version $UNITY_VERSION --changeset $UNITY_VERSION_CHANGESET 
        /Applications/Unity\\ Hub -- --headless install-modules --version $UNITY_VERSION -m ios android 

Building with the newly installed Unity version

Use the Unity version you installed on the machine:

    - name: Build the Xcode project
      script: | 
        $UNITY_VERSION_BIN -batchmode -quit -logFile -projectPath . -executeMethod BuildScript.$BUILD_SCRIPT_IOS -nographics -buildTarget iOS

Android Workflow configuration sample

      name: Unity Android Workflow
      instance_type: mac_pro
      max_build_duration: 120
          # Add the group environment variables in Codemagic UI (in Application or Team variables) -
          - unity # <-- (Includes UNITY_HOME, UNITY_SERIAL, UNITY_USERNAME and UNITY_PASSWORD)
          - google_play # <-- (Includes GCLOUD_SERVICE_ACCOUNT_CREDENTIALS <-- Put your google-services.json)
          UNITY_BIN: $UNITY_HOME/Contents/MacOS/Unity
          UNITY_VERSION: 2019.4.38f1
          UNITY_VERSION_CHANGESET: fdbb7325fa47
          UNITY_VERSION_BIN: /Applications/Unity/Hub/Editor/${UNITY_VERSION}/
          BUILD_SCRIPT: BuildAndroid
          PACKAGE_NAME: "io.codemagic.unity" # <-- Put your package name here e.g. com.domain.myapp
        xcode: latest
          - push
          - tag
          - pull_request
          - pattern: develop
            include: true
            source: true
        - name: Activate Unity License
          script: | 
            $UNITY_BIN -batchmode -quit -logFile -serial ${UNITY_SERIAL?} -username ${UNITY_USERNAME?} -password ${UNITY_PASSWORD?}      
        - name: Install Unity version, buld support modules, ndk and jdk
          script: | 
            /Applications/Unity\\ Hub -- --headless install --version ${UNITY_VERSION} --changeset ${UNITY_VERSION_CHANGESET}
            /Applications/Unity\\ Hub -- --headless install-modules --version ${UNITY_VERSION} -m android android-sdk-ndk-tools android-open-jdk
        - name: Set up keystore
          script: |
                        echo $FCI_KEYSTORE | base64 --decode > $CM_BUILD_DIR/keystore.keystore            
        - name: Set build number and export Unity
          script: |
            export NEW_BUILD_NUMBER=$(($(google-play get-latest-build-number --package-name "$PACKAGE_NAME" --tracks=alpha) + 1))
            $UNITY_BIN_VERSION -batchmode -quit -logFile -projectPath . -executeMethod BuildScript.$BUILD_SCRIPT -nographics -buildTarget Android                  
        - android/*.aab
        - android/*.apk
          - name: Deactivate Unity License
            script: $UNITY_BIN -batchmode -quit -returnlicense -nographics