As soon as I found out that Unreal Engine 4 is now free, I decided to get it in order to tinker with it.

So I clicked on the blue "Get Unreal" button, signed up, and downloaded (and installed) the MSI installer (working on Windows here).

After the installation completed, the "Epic Games Launcher" launched, asking me to log in. Once logged in, I selected the "Unreal Engine" tab and was greeted by a page with several tutorials and demo projects for download, while the left side offered an orange button saying "No engine installed" and no option to click on it to install one.

After some time, I found this Unreal documentation explaining how to install the engine. According to it, the engine should start downloading the moment I log in to the launcher, which didn't happen.

What am I doing wrong? How can I install the Unreal Engine?

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    \$\begingroup\$ This question is in the close-vote review queue, flagged as "off-topic"; presumably because it is about installing a program, and not directly about game development. However, the program involved is a game development tool and the question is very specific. I think those are good enough reasons to keep it open. \$\endgroup\$
    – Anko
    Mar 3, 2015 at 18:46

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After spending 10 minutes rummaging through documentations and Google, I finally succeeded in downloading the actual engine.

I was too focused on the orange button in the left pane, that I didn't try clicking on "Library", which is where I can choose to download the Unreal Engine version of my choice.

Simply click on "Add Versions" (hard to miss with its orange + sign) next to "Engine Versions". All that's left to do is selecting a version and clicking on the orange "Install" button, then wait for the download to complete.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I had the exact same problem - the orange button is a terrible UI design. The Epic team should, perhaps, poke around the ux.stackexchange.com a bit? ;) \$\endgroup\$
    – MBender
    Mar 3, 2015 at 12:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ Me too. I was able to find it only because I noticed this question earlier, so I knew it was hard to find. I didn't remember the answer, but I remembered "yes it's not trivial to find it", and that was motivation enough to keep searching. \$\endgroup\$
    – o0'.
    Mar 3, 2015 at 13:56
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Shaamaan You get what you pay for. \$\endgroup\$
    – Zibbobz
    Mar 3, 2015 at 16:08

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