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Upgrading your project to URP | Unity

A quick guide about how to upgrade your project to use the Universal Render Pipeline (URP) in Unity

Objective: Upgrade a project to use the Universal Render Pipeline (URP) with Unity.

In the last post I covered how to push objects to start a puzzle solver mechanic with Unity. Now, it’s time to upgrade our Unity project to start using the Universal Render Pipeline.

Current stage

To start, let’s take a look at the current stage in our Unity project. We have several game assets that were downloaded from Filebase and are being rendered using the default built-in render pipeline of Unity. As you can see in the next image, the shaders from the assets doesn’t seem to be working correctly using this render pipeline:

If you want to know more about the render pipelines in Unity you can visit the Unity docs:

Upgrading to URP

So, in order to start changing our render pipeline to the URP, let’s click on Window > Package Manager to open the package manager:

Once opened, let’s:

  • Select the option that displays the packages from the Unity registry at the top left.
  • Search for the Universal RP in the list.
  • Click on the Install button at the right.
  • Wait until the Universal RP package gets installed.

Once installed, we’ll be able to see the Remove button at the right side:

Then, in order to create an asset to indicate the desired render pipeline to Unity, let’s create a new folder and click on Create > Rendering > Universal Render Pipeline > Pipeline Asset (Forward Renderer):

Now, to indicate Unity to use the URP, let’s open the Project settings by clicking on Edit > Project Settings and then let’s click on the Graphics tab to select our Render Pipeline Asset in the Scriptable Render Pipeline Settings:

Once selected, we’ll be able to see that the shaders are now correctly rendered by using the Universal Render Pipeline:


In case that your materials look the same, you can still try to upgrade them by clicking on Edit > Render Pipeline > Universal Render Pipeline > Upgrade Project Materials to UniversalRP Materials:

And that’s it, we upgraded our Unity project to use the Universal Render Pipeline! :D. I’ll see you in the next post, where I’ll be showing how to use a cloud based service (Filebase) to include game assets in our project with Unity.

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Fernando Alcantara Santana

Fernando Alcantara Santana

A passionate computer technology engineer and Unity developer that is always looking to grow in every aspect of life :).

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