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Download the .zip file, but do not extract it.
- Open Blender's User Preferences (from the File menu or using Ctrl+Alt+U)
- In the Add-ons tab, click the Install from File button at the bottom and select the .zip file you already downloaded.
- You should now see the Gaffer add-on, so simply check the box to the right/left of the add-on name to enable it.
- To make sure the add-on stays enabled the next time you run Blender, click the Save User Settings button at the bottom left.
Note: If the zip file has any
. (full stop/period) characters in it other than the
.zip at the end (e.g.
Gaffer-v3.0.1.zip, it may not install correctly. If this is the case, first rename the zip file so that it has no additional
. characters (e.g. to:
As of v2.6, Gaffer should automatically check for updates and allow you to download and install the latest version right from within Blender.
If you have version 2.5 or older, you need to first remove the old version before installing the new one. You can download the latest version from your account page on the Blender Market.
These pages go into detail about specific buttons and options: