Free POV-Ray Alternatives for Windows

There are many alternatives to POV-Ray for Windows if you are looking to replace it. The most popular Windows alternative is Small Adobe Dimension iconAdobe Dimension. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Small LuxCoreRender iconLuxCoreRender or Small appleseed iconappleseed. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked 42 alternatives to POV-Ray and many of them are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to POV-Ray are Small RenderMan iconRenderMan (Free Personal), Small Mitsuba iconMitsuba (Free), Small Kerkythea iconKerkythea (Free) and Small Sunflow Rendering System iconSunflow Rendering System (Free, Open Source).

The list of alternatives was last updated on Jan 11, 2019

  • 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.
    • Free • Open Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
  • appleseed is a modern, open source, physically-based rendering engine designed to produce photorealistic images, animations and visual effects.
    • Free • Open Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux


  • PhotoRealistic RenderMan, or PRMan for short, is a proprietary photorealistic RenderMan-compliant renderer.
    • Free Personal
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
  • Physically based renderer.
    • Free
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
  • Powerful, feature-rich and fast standalone raytracing renderer.Exporters from Blender and Google SketchUp are also available.
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    • Free
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Sketchup
    • Blender
  • Sunflow is an open-source rendering system for photo-realistic image synthesis.
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    • Free • Open Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
  • Pixie is an open source RenderMan renderer for generating photorealistic images.
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    • Free • Open Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
  • Freestyle is a software for Non-Photorealistic Line Drawing rendering from 3D scenes.
    • Free • Open Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
  • A free Terrain Synthesizer and RendererPicogen is an outdoor ray tracing system, a free Terrain Synthesizer and Renderer targeting large-scale terrain with realistic...

    Discontinued

    No recent releases since 2010. See https://code.google.com/archive/p/picogen/downloads

    • Free • Open Source
    • Windows
    • Linux
  • A C++ based, cross platform ray tracing library.
    • Free • Open Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux