List of ray tracing software

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Ray tracing is a technique that can generate near photo-realistic computer images. A wide range of free software and commercial software is available for producing these images. This article lists notable ray-tracing software.

Software License Platforms
Windows OS X Linux Other
3Delight Proprietary Yes Yes Yes No
Amiga Reflections Proprietary No No No Amiga
Art of Illusion GPL Yes Yes Yes No
Autodesk 3ds max Proprietary Yes No No No
Autodesk Maya Proprietary Yes Yes Yes No
Autodesk Softimage Proprietary Yes No Yes No
Anim8or Freeware Yes No No No
ASAP Proprietary Yes No No No
Blender GPL Yes Yes Yes No
Brazil r/s Proprietary Yes No No No
BRL-CAD BSD, LGPL Yes Yes Yes No
Bryce Proprietary Yes Yes No No
Carrara Proprietary Yes Yes No No
Cheetah3D Proprietary No Yes No No
Cinema 4D Proprietary Yes Yes No No
form•Z RenderZone Plus Proprietary Yes Yes No No
Gelato Freeware Yes No Yes No
Holomatix Rendition Proprietary Yes Yes Yes No
Houdini Proprietary Yes Yes Yes No
Imagine 3D Proprietary Yes No No MS-DOS
Indigo Renderer Proprietary Yes Yes Yes No
Kerkythea Freeware Yes Yes Yes No
LightWave 3D Proprietary Yes Yes No No
LuxRender GPLv3 Yes Yes Yes No
Manta Interactive Ray Tracer MIT No Yes Yes No
Maxwell Render Proprietary Yes Yes Yes No
Mental ray Proprietary Yes Yes Yes No
MODO Proprietary Yes Yes No No
Octane Render Proprietary Yes Yes Yes No
Optica Software Proprietary Yes Yes Yes No
OptiX Proprietary Yes Yes Yes No
Picogen GPLv3 Yes No Yes No
Pixie GPL Yes Yes Yes No
PhotoRealistic RenderMan Proprietary Yes Yes Yes No
POV-Ray AGPLv3 Yes Yes Yes No
Radiance BSD Yes Yes Yes No
Realsoft 3D Proprietary Yes Yes Yes Amiga, IRIX (dropped)
Shade Proprietary Yes Yes No No
Sunflow MIT Yes Yes Yes No
Tachyon GPL No Yes Yes No
Terragen Proprietary Yes Yes No No
TurboSilver Proprietary No No No Amiga
V-Ray Proprietary Yes Yes Yes No
Vue Proprietary Yes Yes No No
YafaRay LGPL Yes Yes Yes No
Zemax Proprietary Yes No No No

See also[edit]

  • OpenRL — Open-API library used by Caustic Visualizer, Rhino Neon, others