V-Ray for 3ds Max

V-Ray® for 3ds Max is a production-proven rendering software for artists and designers across 3D industries.



The world’s most complete 3D rendering software for high-end visualization and production. V-Ray® for 3ds Max is a production-proven rendering software. Known for its versatility and ability to handle any type of project — from massive, dynamic scenes having thousands of lights to a sublime still life — it is the go-to solution for artists and designers across 3D industries.

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From beginner to pro, Chaos® V-Ray has all the tools you need to visualize your 3ds Max projects from start to finish.

Award-winning rendering technology for any project.

For truly photorealistic renders, you want a raytracer that’s built for quality, optimized for speed, and ready to scale. V-Ray gives you the power to work with lightning-fast interactive and heavyweight production rendering—all while getting the most from your CPU and GPU hardware.

Built to handle your toughest scenes.

When you’re working with the biggest scene you’ve ever seen, you need a renderer that won’t let you down. Billions of polygons? Thousands of lights? V-Ray can handle it all. Render anything and everything with V-Ray. Adaptive Lights, Proxy Objects, Distributed Rendering — an arsenal of production-proven features when you need them.

Post-process your renders without the need of a separate tool.

V-Ray equips you with a complete set of lighting, shading, and rendering tools—all integrated with 3ds Max. The redesigned V-Ray Frame buffer with light mixing and layered compositing means you only need to use one tool for more than just rendering — no need to go back and forth between different apps.

Create interactive experiences in real-time — in a 100% raytraced environment.

Present your ideas in 100% ray-traced quality without the need of extra optimizations and conversions. Make project changes directly in 3ds Max and validate your designs on the spot.

Work seamlessly with other software.

V-Ray is compatible with all the most popular 3ds Max plugins — Substance, Forest Pack, Railclone, Ornatrix, Tyflow, Phoenix, and more. V-Ray is also the perfect fit for any pipeline with support for open standards such as Alembic, OSL, OpenColorIO, and now ACEScg.

What's New?

Create faster and render better than ever before. Populate your scenes with millions of 3D objects to create natural-looking landscapes and realistic environments quickly and easily. Generate detailed surfaces using repeating geometric patterns at no extra memory cost. Create beautiful custom skies with procedural clouds, collaborate in the Cloud, and much more.

Build worlds

Create anything imaginable with new tools, allowing you to quickly and easily build worlds - without limits.

V-Ray Enmesh

Tile 3D geometry patterns across objects to create complex , detailed for stunning close-up shots. Enmesh is ideal for creating intricate panels, fences, fabrics, and so much more, and it uses much less memory than displacement or copying by hand.

V-Ray Decal with Displacement
You can now use V-Ray Decal to add displacement to any surface for even more realistic cracked walls, rocks, embossed lettering, and more.
V-Ray Proxy Object Hierarchy
Easily turn an individual object’s visibility on or off or override their material with the new V-Ray Proxy hierarchical view. Set custom order by name, and streamline your geometry exchange and custom library workflows.

Streamline your workflow

Get the job done faster and save time to be creative.

Chaos Cloud Collaboration

Upload your renders to Chaos Cloud Collaboration right from V-Ray’s Frame Buffer, and share your work with clients, team members, and other stakeholders for easy review, markup, and comments at any time.

Procedural clouds
Craft the right cloudy sky for your environment in a few clicks. Easily simulate a variety of cloud types and weather conditions, from partly cloudy to overcast. Render realistic stills, or dynamic timelapses.
Finite dome light mode
Elevate your HDRI environment renders with the more flexible ground projection capabilities of the V-Ray Dome Light. Set the scale of a dome light, and have full control over blend settings with the new finite mode.
Faster UI draw times

Get a smoother experience when working with shading networks. V-Ray’s materials and textures interface now comes with faster load times.

Light Mix light selection
Easily access scene lights with the option to select them directly from the Light Mix interface.
Texture batch load

Add variety to your scene faster than before and create shader variations in no time with the new texture batch load option inside VRayMultiSubTex.

Shading - powered up

Speed up shading and create even more physically accurate materials.

Material energy preservation
Render metals and rough reflective surfaces even more accurately using the new energy compensation method.
Thin Film layer
Easily create iridescent materials such as soap bubbles, oil spills, and more with the new Thin Film option available in the V-Ray Material.
V-Ray Material Faster SSS
Render translucent materials even faster with a brand-new V-Ray Material subsurface scattering mode. Plus, low-poly translucent objects render more smoothly.

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V-Ray for 3ds Max

System Requirements

Operating System

Microsoft® Windows® 8.1, Windows 10 or Windows 11 operating system


Intel 64, AMD64 or compatible processor with SSE4.2 support


Minimum 8 GB RAM, recommended 64 GB RAM

Autodesk® 3ds Max

3ds Max® 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023 (64-bit)

USB Port

Required for customers using legacy hardware lock, preferably USB 2.0


Only IPv4 required for distributed rendering is supported. IPv6 is currently not supported.

License Server

6.0.0 or later
GPU Acceleration
  • NVIDIA CUDA with minimum required compute capability 5.2: Maxwell-, Pascal-, Volta-, Turing- and Ampere-based NVIDIA card(s)
  • NVIDIA RTX with compute capability 5.2: RTX cards with latest recommended video driver; 
  • 2GB VRAM
  • V-Ray Production Denoiser: AMD or NVIDIA GPU supporting OpenCL 1.2
  • NVIDIA AI Denoiser: Maxwell, Pascal, Volta, Turing- and Ampere-based NVIDIA card with latest recommended video driver