May 17, 2022 Yen Lily

How to install OctaneRender for 3ds Max?

OctaneRender and Autodesk 3ds Max both are effective tools for 3D field. In some previous article, we have explored the suitable and recommended hardware for them, and we know which iRender’s server you should choose for your project. In this article, let’s find out how to install OctaneRender for 3ds Max. You can follow this instruction on your personal computer, or on our remote server. Let’s get started.

1. Requirements

You will need to prepare some of the following:

          • 3ds Max Plugin– v2019.x license for the 3ds Max plugin. If you do not own a v2019.x plugin you can purchase it or upgrade your existing license.
          • Standalone Edition– V3 license for the Standalone Edition. If you do not own a V3 Standalone Edition you can purchase it or upgrade your existing license.
          • Matching Version Numbers– License version numbers must be identical (e.g.v4.05 Standalone and v4.05 3ds Max plugin).
          • 3ds Max Host Application– 3ds Max host application 2013 – 2020.
          • Hardware– NVIDIA graphics card that supports CUDA 10.1 with the latest drivers. You can find the download links for Windows here.

2. Installation

Step 1) Download and install the OctaneRender Standalone Edition. If you already have a Standalone license activated on your computer, you can skip this step.

*Note: You should make sure that the 3ds Max host application is not running in the background while you are installing the plugin.

Step 2) Download the software from the Latest Additions to OctaneRender and run the plugin installer (you will need to be admin in order to do this).

Step 3) While you are installing the program, you will be prompted to choose from a list of components. Please make sure to only install the components you want.

Now you set the plugin into 3ds Max

Step 4) Open the 3ds Max application. If you did not activate your Standalone license, you will be prompted to enter your Otoy account credentials.

Step 5) Open the 3ds Max application and go to the Render Setup Menu. You can do this by:

        • Keyboard > F10
        • Main toolbar > (Render Setup)

Step 6) Open the Renderer dropdown and assign the OctaneRender™ for 3dsMax® plugin.

Now you have successfully installed the OctaneRender for 3ds Max plugin and can start using it.

3. Start your Octane and 3ds Max project now with iRender

Octane is not only great for 3D animation, but also a tool for Architectural Visualization. Although it still has a lot to improve to compare with well-established Archviz renderers like V-Ray, Corona, Lumion, etc. it still has some distinguish advantages and styles. If you use 3ds Max and Octane, don’t hesitate to check out iRender – the best cloud rendering for 3ds Max and Octane, where you can use the fastest RTX3090 card.

You can refer to this article (Powerful cloud rendering for 3ds Max and Octane) to know how our servers are compatible with Octane and 3ds Max. We have many servers from single to multiple GPUs to serve your need.

Moreover, iRender has other beneficial features. We have NVlink available if you want to test (contact for more details), and free transferring tool GPUhub sync. You can also work with our Octane license if becoming our prime customer. Let’s see some of iRender’s tests with Octane:

iRender has many other features which would help you to render faster and easier. You can create an account via this link to experience our service. And don’t hesitate to contact us via WhatsApp: (+84) 916806116 for advice and support.


Thank you & Happy Rendering!


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Yen Lily

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