POV-Ray Alternatives

The most popular alternative is Adobe Dimension. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try LuxCoreRender or appleseed. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked 42 alternatives to POV-Ray so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting POV-Ray alternatives are RenderMan (Free Personal), Mitsuba (Free), Kerkythea (Free) and Sunflow Rendering System (Free, Open Source).

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

  • Octane Render is the world's first GPU based, un-biased, physically based renderer. What does that mean?
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
  • Pixie is an open source RenderMan renderer for generating photorealistic images.
    No screenshots yet
    • 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
  • 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.
    No screenshots yet
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    • Linux
    • Autodesk 3ds Max
    • Sketchup
    • Autodesk Softimage
    • Blender
  • Fragmentarium is an open source, cross-platform IDE for exploring pixel based graphics on the GPU.
  • Twilight Render, one of the photorealistic 3D rendering systems for SketchUp,
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Sketchup
  • YafaRay is a free open-source montecarlo raytracing engine released under the LGPL 2.1 license. Raytracing is a rendering technique for generating realistic images by tracing the path of light through a 3D scene.
    • Free • Open Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Blender
  • 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.
    • Free • Open Source
    • Windows