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The single GUI program RenderMan Installer is not the appropriate way to install RenderMan on medium to large numbers of machines. The RenderMan Installer downloads and installs individual component installers and these individual component installers are available separately from the forum website (forum login required).

Obtaining a License File

There are two ways to obtain a license file if you are not using the RenderMan Installer:

  1. Run the LicenseApp tool and click the "Get License" button. It will prompt for your forum user name, password and serial number and download the license file. 
  2. Go to the forum webpage and entering your forum user name, password, serial number, hostname and hostid. The hostid can be determined either by using the LicenseApp tool or by running the license server with a special flag:

    ./PixarLicenseServer -hostid

If you are using Node-Locked licenses you will need a separate license file for each machine. If you are using a floating license you only need one file which maybe be copied as needed.

License File Location

The license file's name is pixar.license and ordinarily goes next the the distribution directories. For example if you use the default locations on each operating system the license file would be:

  • Linux

  • Windows

    C:\Program Files\Pixar\pixar.license
  • OSX


There is one exception to the location: the license server expects to find the license next to itself although this can be overridden with the "-x" flag.