This page provides information on installing V-Ray for 3ds Max.
This guide is to serve as a reference for installing V-Ray for 3ds Max and 3ds Max Design.
If you are a trial user, please refer to the Trial installation of V-Ray for 3ds Max, as the process differs from the one showed on this page.
Installing V-Ray for 3ds Max
The V-Ray installer will automatically remove any previous installations. This will allow you to seamlessly upgrade from previous versions. If you experience problems you can manually uninstall the previous versions to perform a clean install. For more information please refer to the Uninstall V-Ray page.
Before running the installation, make sure your Windows account has administrative privileges.
Run the installer.
1. Upon the start of the installation, Windows may ask you for permission to run the installer with administrator privileges. Please confirm.
2. You will be presented with the V-Ray licensing agreement. Please take a moment to review the agreement. Check the I accept the Agreement checkbox and click Install to proceed with standard installation.
If you need to customize your V-Ray installation, press the Advanced button.
The available installation types are:
Workstation – This is a full installation and includes all components as described in the “Installation overview” section. It will allow you to use V-Ray in 3ds Max do Distributed or Network Rendering, run V-Ray GPU render server, use V-Ray SDK, and have V-Ray license server on this machine.
3ds Max render slave – This installation includes V-Ray, V-Ray GPU, V-Ray Standalone, V-Ray DR Spawner and external V-Ray tools. This option does not include the local V-Ray license server application. Please choose this option if you plan to use this machine for Distributed or Network Rendering with V-Ray.
Standalone render slave – This installation includes V-Ray Standalone and V-Ray GPU render server. Please choose this option if you plan to use this machine only for Distributed Rendering with V-Ray Standalone and a V-Ray GPU render server.
The V-Ray Standalone version included in the 3ds Max installer is intended for DR use when V-Ray GPU is set. It is not a replacement for the 3ds Max render slave, which is intended for use with the V-Ray renderer.
Install Chaos Cloud Client – Enable this checkbox to install the Chaos Cloud client application. Chaos Cloud is a software as a service (SaaS) which allows you to submit and render scenes with cloud-based V-Ray. See more information on the Chaos Cloud page.
Directories & Feedback
Here you can specify the installation paths. Please check if the default folders are correct.
Download V-Ray material library – When this option is enabled, at the end of the V-Ray installation you will also download the latest version of V-Ray Material library. For more information about V-Ray material library, see the V-Ray Asset Browser page.
Help make V-Ray even better – Participate in the improvement decisions for future version of V-Ray. No intelligence property is violated when agreeing to participate in the feedback program. We do not gather scenes, assets, materials, etc. What we receive is user preferences on just a few key render settings and the resulting render times. The point of this feature is to improve V-Ray's performance and the user experience. This preference can be changed at any time later on from the V-Ray Setup > V-Ray > About V-Ray > Feedback program settings. For more information, see the Chaos Group Telemetry page.
In this step, you can specify whether the V-Ray license server will run locally or on another machine.
If you select the option Remote you will have to fill in the IP address of your V-Ray license server in the field Primary License Server. Please leave the port 30304 unchanged. An Alternate License Server is used when the primary one does not respond.
3. If you choose the Local Licensing Option, you are presented with the License Server installation.
Chaos License Server Options
At this step you can choose the license server directory.
Migrate data during installation – When enabled, transfers all of your settings made with older versions of the License Server, such as enabled dongle subsystem, proxy settings, etc. Disabling this option will install License Server with all settings at their defaults and any custom settings from the previous installation will be lost.
Add firewall exception – Enabling this option allows the default licensing port (TCP 30304) in the firewall. If you disable it at this step, you will need to manually add firewall exceptions later.
5. After you click the Install button, the installer will proceed to uninstall any previous versions and install V-Ray on your machine.
If the installer detects any applications that need to be closed, they will be listed before being able to continue. Please close them and click Continue.
6. Once V-Ray installation has finished, the Material Library installation starts. Note that the download process might take awhile. If you abort the download, it will affect only the Material Library download and not the whole V-Ray installation. For more information on the Material Library installation process, see the V-Ray Asset Browser page.
7. Now V-Ray 5 is ready to render!
Check your License
Once the installation of the License Server is done, you are directed to the License Server local host (127.0.0.1:30304) in order to sign in and activate it.
The License Server will skip its installation process for two reasons:
- If it detects a previous installation of the Online License Server on your machine.
- If you choose the option Remote V-Ray license server on the network.
For full information on the License Server options and settings, see the Licensing section of the documentation.