POV-Ray Alternatives and Similar Software

Alternatives to POV-Ray for Windows, Mac, Linux, Sketchup, Web and more. Filter by license to discover only free or Open Source alternatives. This list contains a total of 25+ apps similar to POV-Ray.

The Persistence of Vision Raytracer is a high-quality, totally free tool for creating stunning three-dimensional graphics. If your looking for more info about POV-Ray like screenshots, reviews and comments you should visit our info page about it. Below you find the best alternatives.

The list of alternatives was last updated: 1/11/2019 6:30:00 PM

Alternatives to POV-Ray for all platforms with any license

  • Sketchfab

    Sketchfab is the first web service to publish interactive 3D content online in real-time without plugins. Every new format has its global platform: videos have Youtube, photos have flickr, sounds have Soundcloud... Now 3D files have Sketchfab. FEATURES Free unlimited uploads - Upload an unlimited number of models from your software or your browser. Universal 3D viewer - Display your models out of the box in most browsers and smartphones.

    Freemium Web

    Sketchfab icon
  • LuxCoreRender

    LuxCoreRender is a physically based and unbiased rendering engine. Based on state of the art algorithms, LuxCoreRender simulates the flow of light according to physical equations, thus producing realistic images of photographic quality. LuxCoreRender is and will always be free software, both for private and commercial use. It is being developed by people with a passion for programming and for computer graphics who like sharing their work.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

    No features added Add a feature

    LuxCoreRender icon
  • RenderMan

    PhotoRealistic RenderMan, or PRMan for short, is a proprietary photorealistic RenderMan-compliant renderer. It primarily uses the REYES algorithm but is also fully capable of doing ray tracing and global illumination. PRMan is produced by Pixar Animation Studios and used to render all of their in-house 3D animated movie productions. Pixar's RenderMan has been specifically engineered to meet the demanding challenges of rendering 3D animation and visual effects.

    Free Personal $ $ $ Mac Windows Linux

    RenderMan icon
  • Kerkythea

    Powerful, feature-rich and fast standalone raytracing renderer. Exporters from Blender and Google SketchUp are also available.

    Free Mac Windows Linux Sketchup Blender

    No features added Add a feature

    Kerkythea icon
  • Structure Synth

    Structure Synth is a cross-platform application for generating 3D structures by specifying a design grammar. Even simple systems may generate surprising and complex structures. The design grammar approach was originally devised by Chris Coyne (for a 2D implementation see the popular Context Free Art).

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

    Structure Synth icon
  • appleseed

    appleseed is a modern, open source, physically-based rendering engine designed to produce photorealistic images, animations and visual effects. It provides individuals and small studios with an efficient, reliable suite of tools built on robust foundations and open technologies.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

    appleseed icon
  • Visionaray

    A C++ based, cross platform ray tracing library.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

    No features added Add a feature

    Visionaray icon
  • Mitsuba

    Physically based renderer. Mitsuba is an extensible rendering framework written in portable C++. It implements unbiased as well as biased techniques and contains heavy optimizations targeted towards current CPU architectures. The program currently runs on Linux, MacOS X and Microsoft Windows and makes use of SSE2 optimizations on x86 and x86_64 platforms.

    Free Mac Windows Linux

    No features added Add a feature

    Mitsuba icon
  • Clara.io

    Clara.io is a full-featured cloud-based 3D modeling, animation and rendering software tool that runs in your web browser. With Clara.io you can make complex 3D models, create beautiful photorealistic renderings, and share them without installing any software programs. This is the perfect Three.JS editor for creating and tweaking your Web game content.

    Freemium Web

    No features added Add a feature

    Clara.io icon
  • Adobe Dimension CC

    Adobe Dimension CC (formerly Project Felix) is the 3D design tool made for graphic designers. With extensive integration with Adobe Stock, you can easily composite 2D and 3D assets to build product shots, scene visualizations, and abstract art. You can preview your design as you go, experiment and edit your ideas without having to render a final image to see your work. You can also enlarge the preview window to see details up close.

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac Windows Adobe Creative Cloud

    Adobe Dimension CC icon
  • Picogen

    A free Terrain Synthesizer and RendererPicogen is an outdoor ray tracing system, a free Terrain Synthesizer and Renderer targeting large-scale terrain with realistic day/night-illumination and detailed plant populations.

    Free Open Source Windows Linux

    No features added Add a feature

    Picogen icon
  • Indigo Renderer

    Indigo Renderer is an unbiased, physically based and photorealistic renderer which simulates the physics of light to achieve near-perfect image realism. With an advanced physical camera model, a super-realistic materials system and the ability to simulate complex lighting situations through Metropolis Light Transport, Indigo Renderer is capable of producing the highest levels of realism demanded by architectural and product visualization.

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

    No features added Add a feature

    Indigo Renderer icon
  • Octane Render

    Octane Render is the world's first GPU based, un-biased, physically based renderer. What does that mean? It uses the video card in your computer to render photorealistic results fast...really fast. This allows the user to create stunning works in a fraction of the time of traditional CPU based renderers. Yet, to date no other software makes use of it in the way that Octane does.

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

    No features added Add a feature

    Octane Render icon
  • Pixie Renderer

    Pixie is an open source RenderMan renderer for generating photorealistic images. You can compile Pixie on Windows (using Visual Studio 2005), Linux and on OSX (using XCode or unix style configure script). Pixie is an open source project licensed under GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL).

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

    No features added Add a feature

    Pixie Renderer icon
  • Freestyle

    Freestyle is a software for Non-Photorealistic Line Drawing rendering from 3D scenes. It is designed as a programmable interface to allow maximum control over the style of the final drawing: the user "programs" how the silhouettes and other feature lines from the 3D model should be turned into stylized strokes using a set of programmable operators dedicated to style description.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

    No features added Add a feature

    Freestyle icon
  • Sunflow Rendering System

    Sunflow is an open source rendering system for photo-realistic image synthesis. It is written in Java and built around a flexible ray tracing core and an extensible object-oriented design. It was created as a framework for experimenting with global illumination algorithms and new surface shading models.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

    No features added Add a feature

    Sunflow Rendering System icon
  • NOX Renderer

    NOX Renderer is a rendering software based on unbiased methods. The renderer is available as a standalone Windows executable with a plug-in to link it to 3ds Max. A linking script is also available for Blender users. As with other similar applications, such as Maxwell Render and the open source LuxRender, NOX uses the Metropolis Light Transport method to calculate global illumination.

    Free Open Source Windows

    NOX Renderer icon
  • Share this list of alternatives?

  • Thea Render

    Thea Render is a state-of-the-art biased/unbiased renderer with a rich set of innovative features, a powerful material system and its own advanced studio, all-in-one. Plugins are available for 3dsMax, Blender, Cinema4D, Rhino, SketchUp and SoftImage.

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Autodesk 3ds Max Sketchup ... Autodesk Softimage Blender

    No features added Add a feature

    Thea Render icon
  • Twilight Render

    Twilight Render, one of the photorealistic 3D rendering systems for SketchUp,

    Commercial Mac Windows Sketchup

    No features added Add a feature

    Twilight Render icon
  • YafaRay

    YafaRay is an open source raytracing render engine. As an open source project, users and developers have free access to the source code and it is free, as in free speech. Ray tracing is a rendering technique for generating an image by tracing the path of light through the 3D scene. This technique tries to reproduce the natural behaviour of light and its particular effects on surfaces, such as reflection and refraction, caustics and indirect lighting. YafaRay works as a render engine.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Blender

    No features added Add a feature

    YafaRay icon
  • Artlantis Studio

    Artlantis Studio is the ideal tool for anyone who wants very high resolution rendering not only for images, but for QuickTime VR Panoramas, Objects and animations as well. Artlantis Studio the fastest stand-alone 3D rendering and animation application designed especially for architects and designers, is a leader in radiosity, also known as global illumination.

    Commercial Mac Windows

    No features added Add a feature

    Artlantis Studio icon
  • Indigo RT

    Indigo RT is a new rendering solution which delivers unmatched value in the high end rendering market. Indigo is an unbiased, physically based and photo-realistic renderer which simulates the physics of light to achieve near-perfect image realism.

    Commercial Mac Windows

    No features added Add a feature

    Indigo RT icon
  • MiniLight

    MiniLight is a minimal global illumination renderer. It is primarily an exercise in simplicity. But that makes it a good base and benchmark (in some sense) for development and experimentation. And it just might be the neatest renderer around (on average, about 650 lines). There are translations into several programming languages. It is a command-line application. It reads a simple text model file and writes a PPM image file.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

    No features added Add a feature

    MiniLight icon

Platforms

Desktop

Show 11 less popular platforms