Octane Render

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Octane Render
Octane Render logo.png
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Original author(s) Refractive Software (2009 - 2012)
Developer(s) OTOY (2012 - present)
Stable release
v3.00 / May 23, 2016 (2016-05-23)
Written in C++[citation needed]
Operating system
Type Rendering system
License Proprietary commercial software
Website home.otoy.com/render/octane-render/

Octane Render is a real-time 3D unbiased rendering application that was started by the New Zealand-based company Refractive Software, Ltd and OTOY took over in March 2012. The first non-beta stable version, v1.0, was released on 28 November 2012 and later versions of Octane Render continue to be deployed as a Web release software.[2] It is the first commercially available unbiased renderer to work exclusively on the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) and has the ability to work in real time.[3][4] This allows users to modify materials, lighting and render settings “on the fly” because the rendering viewport updates immediately whenever a change is made. Octane Render runs exclusively on Nvidia's CUDA technology (which restricts it to running on video cards from Nvidia) although Octane Render 3.1 is planned to remove this restriction.[5]


Octane Render is the first GPU-based unbiased renderer to be released to the public.[6][7][8][9] It uses the graphics card to calculate all measures of light, reflection and refraction.[10]


  • Real-time interactive texturing and lighting
  • Node-based user interface allowing complex procedural materials
  • Sharing of materials between users via OctaneLive


  • Physically based / spectral light transport
  • Motion blur
  • Pause/resume render
  • Multiple GPU support (v3.00: up to 20)


  • Render Passes:
    • Position
    • Z-Depth
    • Geometric Normals
    • Color ID
  • Direct Lighting:
    • 4 Levels of Global Illumination
  • Path Tracing
  • PMC



  • Loads 40 different image file formats
  • HDR, Canon RAW, and OpenEXR HDRI image textures


  • Spectrum or HDRI environment lighting
  • Sun-sky daylight with location / date control system
  • Emissive materials - emitter texture or blackbody spectrum




  • Portable Network Graphics [PNG] - 8bpc
  • Portable Network Graphics [PNG] - 16bpc
  • Open EXR linear
  • Open EXR tonemapped

Integration with other software[edit]


Octane Render (commercial version) comes with free export scripts for the following software:


Otoy offers plug-ins for several applications, which give users full access to Octane Render without the need of exporting scenes into the Octane standalone software. Users must have a license of the standalone version in order to purchase any of the listed plugins.[11] The plugins are available for:


On 13 March 2012, it was announced that Refractive Software® has been acquired by the company “OTOY®”. OTOY is a company that specializes in cloud based technology. Development on Octane Render will continue as planned.[12]


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