Minimum System Requirements

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:

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.

Pixar's RenderMan software is delivered as: 

The flavor string includes the common distribution, e.g. RHEL6, the gcc/icc versions, and the microprocessor instruction set. Putting them all together provides, for example, an RHEL package named RenderMan-Installer-21.0_1590950-linuxRHEL6_gcc44icc150.x86_64.rpm.

Note that users must set their environment variables manually on Linux to allow for using executables from a terminal window. This process is explained below Command Line Installation.

GUI-based Installation

Although RPM packages are typically installed via command line, some Linux distributions have GUI-based package managers, like gnomerpm. Some distributions will also allow for double-clicking the RPM file in a directory browser, which will invoke RPM with default arguments. You can try this with your Linux-based system. Should it not begin the installation on its own (because you do not have the necessary components to double click an .rpm) then you may begin the process using the steps below.

rpm -ivh RenderMan-Installer-21.0_1590950-linuxRHEL6_gcc44icc150.x86_64.rpm

If you have already unpacked the .rpm, you can then run the following command to begin the GUI-based installer:



sudo /opt/pixar/RenderMan-Installer/bin/RenderManInstaller


The installer will connect with the RenderMan Pixar Server and download your licensed components. During the installation process you will see that the default location for installation is /opt/pixar This will become the root directory for all of the software components listed above.

We'll no go step by step through the process. First you must login with your forum account and provide the serial number for the license you have purchased.

Next you may see the following if you have a floating license server:


This is telling you that the installer is about to key your license server to the host you are running the installer on.




If this is NOT the machine you want to run your license server on, press the Cancel button and re-run the installer on the machine you want to designate as the license server.

If you decide to make this machine your license server, the installer will then contact Pixar and retrieve your license file. It will place this license file by default in:



Other types of files besides RenderMan and the DCC plugins can be downloaded with the installer as well. These include the RenderMan Examples. These will be placed in the users Download directory.


If you plan to take advantage of the Python binding you will need to download Python installer from RenderMan Pro Server 21 binding is compatible with 2.7, 3.4, or 3.5.


If you require further assistance, please check out the RenderMan Support Forum. Note that registration is required.