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The following operating systems are supported for this release. RenderMan may operate outside of this requirement, but it may be unstable and is not supported:

  • Microsoft Windows 8 7 or newer 64-bit

RenderMan is designed to efficiently scale across many CPU cores, so while the above is a minimum requirement, systems with multiple processors will see the best performance.


The flavor string includes the common distribution, e.g. windows8, the gcc/icc versions, and the microprocessor instruction set, e.g. i686. Putting them all together provides, for example, an Windows 8 package named RenderMan-Installer-21.0-windows8_vc11icc150.x86_64.msi

The following additional requirements must be met:

  • All: CPU capable of running the full SSE4 instruction set.
  • Maya: Compatible with 2017, 2016.5, 2016 & 2015
  • Katana: Compatible with 2.5

GUI-based Installation

To install the software, simply double-click on the appropriate MSI file, and click through the various dialogues. The default values are appropriate in most cases.