This page provides information on the OSL Map.


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The VRayOSLTex texture map can be used to load Open Shading Language OSL shader code files (.osl) or OSL object code files (.oso) and render them directly with V-Ray. The VRayOSLTex plug-in can be used with shaders that have simple color and float output parameters. These parameters are considered respectively as texture RGB and alpha outputs.

If the shader file describes a material (rather than a texture) and writes its result in an output closure color parameter, it is advised to use the VRayOSLMtl material. Otherwise, the texture map will not evaluate the materials and would be rendered black. See the V-Ray OSL page for more detailed description and examples. In the example shown here subsurface scattering OSL file has been used.

For more on OSL in general, see the Github reference.



UI Path



||Material Editor window|| > Material/Map Browser > Maps > V-Ray > VRayOSLTex


Coordinates and Noise



Coordinates and Noise are the standard 3ds Max texture rollouts.



The General rollout holds parameters that control common shader characteristics.

shader file – Specifies the .osl or .oso file which contains the shader (object) code. This button control also supports a context menu with the following options:

Clear – Unloads the current shader and restores the plug-in as if no shaders have been loaded.
Reset – Reloads the shader and resets its parameters to the default values.
Reload – Reloads the shader but keeps the current parameter values.
Open Containing Folder – Reveals the shader location in Explorer.
Open in External Editor – Opens the shader in an appropriate text editor.
Open in Quick Shader  Opens the loaded file's code in the text editor of the Quick Shader. 
Recent Files – Holds a list of the recently loaded shaders and an option to clear the list.

If you edit your OSL shader the new version would be loaded only after a ClearReset, or a Reload option has been selected.

color output – Specifies the color source for the texture's RGB output. If None is selected the texture renders black.

alpha output – Specifies the float source for the texture's alpha output. If None is selected the texture is considered fully opaque.

show preview – Determines whether to render a shader preview in the material editor.

clamp shader result – Determines whether to force the result in the [0, clamping limit] range.

clamping limit – Specifies the upper clamp limit if clamp shader result is enabled.

wrap texture coordinates – Automatically wraps the texture coordinates for the OSL shader passing only values in the [0.0, 1.0] range.


Compiler Output

The Compiler Output rollout holds shader compilation and manipulation result messages.


Any additional shader–specific parameters (if any) from the loaded shader file are listed in this rollout.


Quick Shader

If you want to manually modify the shader's code, you can do that in the Quick Shader area.


Enable – Makes the Quick Shader's text area active. Once enabled, place the original code inside the text area. Alternatively, start writing in the blank area your own code. If you have already loaded a shader in the texture parameters, right-click on it and select Open in Quick Shader option. 

Another way to do this is to activate the text area and drag and drop the .osl file in there. It will load the code instantly. 

Right-clicking on the Quick Shader panel opens a context menu. You can Compile the code after doing changes or Compile and Reset Parameters, which affects the values of the parameters in the shader as well.



Once ready with editing, press the Compile button to refresh the UI. Modifications are updated in the UI and renderer after the successful code compilation. You can monitor the messages in the Compiler Output rollout during compilation. 

The shader file originally loaded in the material (if any) will not be affected in the compilation. You need to manually save your code.

OSL Include Paths


System Paths – Shows the System Paths defined with the V-Ray Environment variable VRAY_OSL_PATH_3DSMAX####_x64. This path cannot be changed from within 3ds Max, but only from your account's Environment Variables.

Additional Paths  Search paths list that will be used when an osl module is not found in the available System Paths. You can Add or Remove additional paths directly from the UI by pressing the corresponding button. 



  • The VRayOSLTex texture and VRayOSLMtl are only available in 3ds Max 2011 and later.
  • The VRayOSLTex texture automatically compiles OSL shaders to object code (OSO format) upon shader selection. No following compilations occur (even at render events). If the loaded OSL shader is modified use the context menu options Reset or Reload of the Shader file button for your changes to take effect.
  • An OSL compiler that translates *.osl files to *.oso files can be found in the tools subdirectory of V-Ray's root installation folder.
  • If the oslutil.h or stdosl.h include files need to be placed without modifying the V-Ray environment variable VRAY_OSL_PATH_3DSMAX####_x64, create a folder named vrayosl in the folder C:\Program Files\Autodesk\3ds Max #### and copy the include files into it. The default location for the include files is C:\Program Files\Chaos Group\V-Ray\3dsmax #### for x64\opensl.



OSL home page at SPI – Open Shading Language home page at Sony Pictures Imageworks

OSL Google Code page – Google Code project page for Open Shading Language

OSL GitHub page – GitHub project page for Open Shading Language