V-Ray Alternatives for Linux

    There are many alternatives to V-Ray for Linux if you are looking for a replacement. The best Linux alternative is Cycles Renderer, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to V-Ray and many of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to V-Ray are LuxCoreRender (Free, Open Source), appleseed (Free, Open Source), Mitsuba (Free) and RenderMan (Free Personal).

    This page was last updated Sep 9, 2019

    1. Cycles is Blender’s ray-trace based production render engine and in development since 2011. It was originally developed by Brecht van Lommel, and is maintained by an active team of developers today. Since its release as Apache 2.
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    2. 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.
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    3. 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.
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      • FreeProprietary
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      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.
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    4. 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.
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      • Sketchup
      • Blender
      Powerful, feature-rich and fast standalone raytracing renderer. Exporters from Blender and Google SketchUp are also available.
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    5. 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.
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      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.
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      Indigo Renderer is an unbiased, physically based and photorealistic renderer which simulates the physics of light to achieve near-perfect image realism.
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    6. 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).
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