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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.

A complete installation of V-Ray for 3ds Max consists of V-Ray, V-Ray GPU, V-Ray Standalone, V-Ray DR Spawner, V-Ray license serverV-Ray tools, V-Ray SDKV-Ray Chaos Cloud Client.

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.

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Installing V-Ray for 3ds Max

The V-Ray installer automatically removes any previous installations. Thus, you can 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. Enable the I accept the Agreement checkbox and click Install to proceed with standard installation.

If you need to customize your V-Ray installation, click the Advanced button.

Advanced Installation Options

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V-Ray type

The available installation types are:

Workstation – This is a full installation and includes all components as described in the Overview section. It allows 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 server
 – 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 server
 – 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.

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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 server, which is intended for use with the V-Ray renderer.



Directories & Feedback

Here you can specify the installation paths. Please check if the default folders are correct. If you are installing V-Ray for 3ds Max 2022 or later, you can also choose between installation for all users or current user only. For more information, see the V-Ray for 3ds Max Autodesk application package 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. Chaos does not gather scenes, assets, materials, etc. What Chaos receives 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 V-Ray Setup > V-Ray > About V-Ray > Feedback program settings. For more information, see the Chaos Telemetry page.


In this step, you can specify whether the V-Ray license server runs locally or on another machine.

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  • If you select the Remote option, you 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.

  • If you select the Local licensing option, you need to install the License Server on your machine. See the Local License Quick Start Guide for a walkthrough.



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 earlier versions of the License Server, such as enabled dongle subsystem, proxy settings, etc. When disabled, installs the License Server with all settings at their defaults and any custom settings from the previous installation are lost.

Add firewall exception – When enabled, the default licensing port (TCP 30304) can pass the firewall. If you disable it at this step, you will need to manually add firewall exceptions later.

4. After you click the Install button, the installer proceeds to uninstall any previous versions and installs V-Ray on your machine.

If the installer detects any applications that need to be closed, they are listed before being able to continue. Please close them and click Continue.

5. Now V-Ray 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 ( in order to sign in.

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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 Remote V-Ray license server on the network option.

For full information on the License Server options and settings, see the Licensing section of the documentation.