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Render created using V-Ray for Rhinoceros 3D, demonstrating the advanced effects V-Ray is capable of, such as refraction and caustics.
Initial release1997; 25 years ago (1997)
Stable release
5, update 1.3 (V-Ray Standalone) / July 13, 2021; 13 months ago (2021-07-13)
Operating systemLinux, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows
TypeRendering system
LicenseProprietary commercial software
Folded paper: SketchUp drawing rendered using V-Ray, demonstrating shading and global illumination
Render created using V-Ray for Rhinoceros 3D, demonstrating the advanced effects V-Ray is capable of, such as reflection, depth of field, and the shape of the aperture (in this case, a hexagon)

V-Ray is a biased computer-generated imagery rendering software application developed by Chaos Group (Bulgarian: Хаос Груп), which was established in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1997. V-Ray is a commercial plug-in for third-party 3D computer graphics software applications and is used for visualizations and computer graphics in industries such as media, entertainment, film and video game production, industrial design, product design and architecture.[1] The company chief architects are Peter Mitev and Vladimir Koylazov.


V-Ray is a rendering engine that uses global illumination algorithms, including path tracing, photon mapping, irradiance maps and directly computed global illumination.

The desktop 3D applications that are supported by V-Ray are:

Academic and stand-alone versions of V-Ray are also available.

Modo support will be discontinued at the end of 2021.[3]

Studios using V-Ray[edit]

North America[edit]

United States[edit]





  1. ^ chaosgroup.com. About Chaos Group. September 22, 2014.
  2. ^ "V-Ray for Revit – Professional Rendering Software for Architects | Chaos Group". www.chaosgroup.com. Retrieved Jun 23, 2020.
  3. ^ "V-Ray for Modo discontinuation". Chaos Forums. Retrieved 2021-12-28.

Further reading[edit]

  • Francesco Legrenzi, V-Ray - The Complete Guide, 2008
  • Markus Kuhlo and Enrico Eggert, Architectural Rendering with 3ds Max and V-Ray: Photorealistic Visualization, Focal Press, 2010
  • Ciro Sannino, Photography and Rendering with V-Ray, GC Edizioni, 2012
  • Luca Deriu, V-Ray e Progettazione 3D, EPC Editore, 2013
  • Ciro Sannino, Chiaroscuro with V-Ray, GC Edizioni, 2019

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