How to add Animation and Rigging Tool by Epic Games for Maya

How to add Epic Games Animation and rigging tools into Autodesk Maya steps – Unreal Engine 4 Beginner Tutorials

Animation and Rigging tools integration in Maya

Unreal Engine 4 comes with a very powerful and handy set of tools i.e Animation and Rigging Tools, also known as A.R.Ts . These tools are used for animating and rigging the characters using Autodesk MAYA software and are extremely useful for Animators to develop character animations for gameplay.

The best thing about using Animation and Rigging Tools for Maya is that you get a default character rig model which you can use for creating your animations . Then you can export these animations to Unreal Engine 4 to test them in your gameplay. Later you can replace it with your own character model whenever you feel comfortable.

This tool is a part of  Unreal Engine 4 project files. To add this tool’s features to your Autodesk MAYA software , you need to follow some simple steps :





  1. Locate the script file for Animation and Rigging Tools. Go to the installation directory of Unreal Engine 4 in your system. Generally “C:\Program Files\Epic Games “. Locate script file userSetup.py in location
    "Epic Games\4.8\Engine\Extras\Maya_AnimationRiggingTools\MayaTools" and copy this file.

    Epic Games Animation and Rigging Tools for Maya
    Epic Games Animation and Rigging Tools for Maya
  2. Now Go to Location "C:\Users\UserName\Documents\maya\scripts" and paste the copied file here.

    Epic Games Animation and Rigging Tools for Maya
    Epic Games Animation and Rigging Tools for Maya

    NOTE: You need not to paste this file in the script folder of installation directory of Maya. Paste in above mentioned location.

  3. Now open MAYA and you will be shown an error popup, just like the image below.

    Epic Games Animation and Rigging Tools for Maya
    Epic Games Animation and Rigging Tools for Maya
  4. Click on Browse and go to the same location as mentioned in step-1. Select MayaTools folder and click Save.

You will notice changes in your Maya and a menu will be added in your Top menu bar just as in image below.

Epic Games Animation and Rigging Tools for Maya
Epic Games Animation and Rigging Tools for Maya

So now you can use Animation and Rigging Tools by Epic Games in your Autodesk Maya to create Character Rigs and animating them.

If you have any doubts, please leave it on comments.

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5 thoughts on “How to add Epic Games Animation and rigging tools into Autodesk Maya steps – Unreal Engine 4 Beginner Tutorials”

  1. Hey.
    Thanks for guiding to set up the Animation and Rigging tool in Maya. Can you please add some more detailed tutorials for using animations in Unreal Engine 4? It will be really helpful.

  2. Hello, I’ve downloaded all the files for Mac, but can’t quite figure out where to put them. I’ve found a few blog theads that have them installed in various places, but those don’t seem to be correct for Maya 2013 on Mountain Lion. Anyone know where to put the pythons scripts so they show up?

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