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Developer(s) DreamWorks
Initial release August 3, 2012; 6 years ago (2012-08-03)
Stable release
5.1.0 / April 10, 2018; 6 months ago (2018-04-10)
Written in C++
Type Software library
License Mozilla Public License 2.0

OpenVDB is an open source C++ software library comprising a novel hierarchical data structure and a large suite of tools for the efficient storage and manipulation of sparse volumetric data discretized on three-dimensional grids. It is developed and maintained by DreamWorks Animation for use in volumetric applications typically encountered in feature film production. The library was primarily developed by Ken Museth, Peter Cucka, Mihai Aldén and David Hill.

Used in the films Rise of the Guardians and Puss in Boots.

It is supported by Blender since version 2.77a released on April 6, 2016.

It has Python support.

Adopted by Houdini, RenderMan, Arnold, RealFlow, Maxwell Render, Modo, V-Ray, Octane Render, and 3Delight.

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