V-Ray for Rhino


The all-in-one visualisation solution for Rhino and Grasshopper.

V-Ray for Rhino is a 3D rendering software that combines real-time and photoreal rendering into one complete suite of visualisation tools. From architecture to product design, it’s everything you need to bring your next design project to life.


Key Features


  • Real-time rendering – V-Ray® Vision gives the power to design and refine in real-time to anyone working in Rhino or Grasshopper. Now, you can explore a real-time view of your scene, set up lights and cameras, and apply materials.
  • CPU, GPU and Hybrid rendering – V-Ray comes with two powerful rendering engines. You can choose between super-fast GPU and CPU or Hybrid rendering to best suit your project needs and requirements.
  • Smart 3D assets – Our integrated asset library, Chaos Cosmos, enables you to search and add render-ready objects and HDRI skies to your scene directly from the V-Ray toolbar. The Cosmos assets have automatic LODs, accurate scale and can be used across Rhino, 3ds Max, SketchUp and Revit.
  • Denoiser – Remove noise and dramatically cut render times. Use the V-Ray Denoiser to denoise each render element in post-production. The NVIDIA AI Denoiser and Intel Open Image Denoise deliver instant noise-free feedback in V-Ray IPR.
  • Interactive rendering – Render while you design. See results right away as you adjust lights, materials and cameras. You could also look at the denoised image while rendering in the Rhino viewport.
  • Render Elements – Render separate layers for more artistic control in image-editing software.
  • V-Ray Swarm – Render with maximum power using V-Ray’s new simple and scalable distributed rendering.
  • Animations – V-Ray for Rhino enables light studies, turntables and fly-through animations rendering and an optimal way.
  • Line rendering – Apply contours to your entire scene or to a separate shader with a single click. Intuitively tweek controls to get the desired appearance.
  • Chaos Cloud – Rendering on the Cloud is just one click away.
  • Automating snapshots & batch renders – V-Ray Batch makes it easy to render snapshots from the same project or views from multiple Rhino files all at once.
  • Viewport rendering – An overlay on top of Rhino’s viewport. It is rendered interactively and if scene changes are made, updates the rendered result.

V-Ray for Grasshopper

  • Straightforward workflow. Power functionality. – Visualise within the environment you use to model. Use the node system to utilize V-Ray’s powerful functionalities through five Node groups and their components.
  • Forget baking – Render generative geometry directly in Grasshopper. Work uninterrupted without the need to bake your designs in Rhino as you iterate.
  • V-Ray Vision in Grasshopper – Add the Live Link component and observe your design update in real-time while working inside Grasshopper.
  • Customisable materials – Start with the basic preset V-Ray material and modify it form the node or with the Asset Editor. Alternatively, use your own materials from previous projects or just employ the vast material library directly.
  • Customisable lighting – Utilise V-Ray lights and customize them to move from realistic to stylized. Easily add numerous light sources to find your models’ best appearance.
  • Animations – Create, render and export animation sequences right in Grasshopper. Animate the movement of the sun or the camera by employing the V-Ray Graph and Timeline components.
  • Scattering – Create a realistically distributed entourage in Grasshopper that materializes in Rhino only after you’re started rendering.
  • Lighting analysis – Perform a light intensity evaluation of your project and visualize the results on your render.
  • Cameras – Use the V-Ray Camera component to simulate physical camera settings like aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Take advantage of Orthographic or Stereo camera parameters to facilitate your workflow.
  • Clipper – Render cross sections or fast cutaways right in Grasshopper. Convert custom meshes to clippers for render time Boolean effects.


  • Light Gen – Explore the best lighting for your scene without the need for manual setup. Automatically generate hundreds of natural light versions for your exterior or interior.
  • Light mixing – Easily fine-tune any light source in your scene after you’re done rendering. Group them, adjust their brightness and color, and create your best presentation.
  • Light instances – Lights can be instanced and controlled as a single light in the Asset Editor.
  • Global Illumination – Render realistic rooms and interiors with V-Ray’s powerful and fast global illumination.
  • Accurate lights – Render natural and artificial lighting with a wide range of built-in light types. Adaptive Lights mode helps you substantially speed up render times in scenes with many light sources.
  • Image based lighting – Light your scenes with a single high-dynamic-range image (HDRI) to render faster, cleaner and more accurate image-based lighting. Use the Adaptive Dome Light and remove the need to set up Portal lights for interiors.
  • Sun & Sky – Render realistic daylight for any time and any location. Visualize stunning sunsets and sunrises, and control the sun’s position for maximum artistic effect.
  • Lighting analysis tool – This tool makes it easy to to visualize the real-world illumination (Lux) values of any scene.


  • Smart Asset Editor – Create, edit and manage all of your assets including lights, materials, textures, geometry and render elements all in one place. All assets are structured in an intuitive folder structure.
  • File Manager – Manage all of your scene files in one place. Set file paths, create scene archives, and keep track of assets like textures, IES files, and proxy objects.
  • Color picker – A powerful color picker, which provides RGB color values and a corresponding Kelvin temperature slider, allows you to save and modify temperature values for every color slot.
  • Frame Buffer – Completely redesigned Frame Buffer upgraded to intuitively handle post-processing tasks like color corrections and compositing among other improvements.
  • Accurate viewport previews – Get an accurate preview of your materials in the Rhino viewport with improved reflections, refractions, bump maps and more.
  • Power up with scripts – Use RhinoScript and Python to program V-Ray Next to do even more for you, like automating scene management or accessing parameters not shown in the UI.
  • Universal asset preview – Preview your materials, lights, textures and render elements in a single viewer. Observe how parameter changes affect the appearance of the asset in a specific isolated setting.
  • Texture instancing – Map multiple material parameters with the same source texture to simplify the shader structure and management.


  • Real-world cameras – Work like a photographer with controls for exposure, white balance and depth of field.
  • Virtual Reality – Render VR content for popular virtual reality headsets.
  • Interactive lens effect – Instantly add GPU-accelerated glare, bloom and procedurally generated dust and scratches for added photorealism. Fine-tune lens effects interactively while you render.
  • Automatic exposure & white balance – Capture the perfect exposure every time. The new Auto Exposure and Auto White Balance camera controls make rendering as simple as point and shoot.

Materials & textures

  • Physical materials – Create great looking materials that look exactly like the real thing.
  • Procedural textures – Texture NURBS models with ease with a rich set of procedurals that don’t requre UV unwrapping.
  • Native materials support – Render an enhanced version of your Rhino materials without converting them to V-Ray shaders.
  • Material library – Download on demand a vast array of high resolution materials. Simply drag and drop to bring realistic textures to your models instantly.
  • Material Metalness – The V-Ray Material adds native support for metallic reflections (Metalness) for greater compatibility with PBR materials from applications like Substance Designer.
  • Material Coat – Add reflective coating to your material to achieve effects like varnished wood or metallic paint.
  • Material Sheen – Create realistic soft fabrics like velvet, silk or satin.
  • Randomizer – With the new UVW Placement randomization options, texture coordinates can be randomized to fix patterns and achieve realistic materials.
  • Weathering and dirt – Quickly add dirt, control its spread amount and position on the surface of your design.

Atmospheric & volumetric effects

  • Fog – Give your scenes depth with new realistic 3D fog and light scattering effects.
  • Aerial perspective – Add depth to your images with realistic atmospheric effects.
  • Volumetric materials – Realistic material light scattering and translucency.

Geometry management

  • Proxy objects – Add highly detailed and complex objects like grass, trees, and cars with memory-efficient proxy models. Easily add pre-animated 3D objects with animated V-Ray proxies.
  • Proxy previews – Control the look of V-Ray proxies in the Rhino viewport. Select from Whole mesh, Bounding box, Point (Origin), Custom preview, and a new low poly Proxy preview mode.
  • Displacement – Quickly apply surface detail to a single object or a whole group in your scene. Get materials like brick and stone without the need for extra modeling.
  • Grass & fur – Create realistic grass, fabrics and carpet with V-Ray Fur.
  • Section cuts – Render quick cutaways and cross sections with V-Ray Clipper.
  • V-Ray Scene import & export – Import and render V-Ray scenes from other applications such as 3ds Max, Revit, and SketchUp or share complete ready to render V-Ray for Rhino files

System Requirements

Please make sure that your system fulfills these requirements before installing V-Ray. Note that V-Ray is only supported for 64-bit operating systems and 64-bit versions of Rhino.

V-Ray for Rhinoceros 5

Processor Intel® Pentium ® IV or compatible processor with SSE3 support.
RAM 4 GB RAM and 4 GB swap minimum – recommended 8 GB or more RAM, 8 GB or more swap file
TCP/IP Only IPv4 is supported. IPv6 is currently not supported
Operating System Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
Rhino Rhino 5.14 or later (64-bit versions only)


V-Ray for Rhinoceros 6

Processor Intel® Pentium ® IV or compatible processor with SSE3 support.
RAM 4 GB RAM and 4 GB swap minimum – recommended 8 GB or more RAM, 8 GB or more swap file
TCP/IP Only IPv4 is supported. IPv6 is currently not supported
Operating System Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
Rhino Rhino 6.6.18117 or later
whats included

Visualise in real-time.

New in V-Ray 5, V-Ray Vision gives you a live real-time view as you build your model, apply materials, and light your Rhino and Grasshopper designs. Now you can visualise any project in real-time while you design.

Turn your vision into reality.

With photorealistic lights, cameras, and materials, rendering with V-Ray is as real as it gets. Communicate and collaborate with confidence, knowing that your designs look just right.

Go beyond rendering.

Introducing all-new tools that let you fine-tune and finish your renders without needing an extra app. Composite render layers, make color corrections, and instantly adjust lighting in the new V-Ray Frame Buffer.

Seamless Grasshopper integration.
Visualise your parametric designs on the fly. V-Ray for Grasshopper comes with V-Ray for Rhino and includes a collection of nodes to support V-Ray geometry, lighting, materials, rendering, and animation.

See what’s new

V-Ray 5 for Rhino now includes a free library of smart 3D content. Plus, take advantage of the new Intel Open Image interactive denoiser, as well as V-Ray Vision and V-Ray Frame Buffer improvements.

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V-Ray for Rhino

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