Cinema 4D no longer includes a Plugins folder in the folder where it is installed. Although you could simply create a plugins folder in your Cinema 4D installation folder, this is an old method that does not always work with Cinema 4D R20 or higher versions. So, how to install plugins in Cinema 4D properly and fast? Let’s explore with iRender in today’s article!
Fortunately, the plugins system in Cinema 4D R20 and higher has been overhauled to make using plugins much easier! All you have to do is create a plugins path in Cinema 4D’s preferences. Let’s take a look at how to do that:
First, create a folder anywhere on your computer (* note 1) to hold all of your plugins. This folder can even be on a cloud service folder like Dropbox, Google Drive, or whatever else you use, allowing you to use the same plugins folder on multiple machines! This is especially useful if you’re working on a home computer as well as a laptop or work computer. This folder can be named whatever you want, but in this example, we’ll just call it “Plugins”:
For this method (creating a folder on your computer), you cannot use a plugins folder inside your Cinema 4D installation folder. Because the old method still works, folders in the same folder as Cinema 4D are ignored when used as a Search Path.
The next step is to tell Cinema 4D where to look for plugins. Simply go to the Edit menu in Cinema 4D and select Preferences. Navigate to the Plugins section on the left, then click the Add Folder button at the bottom of this window:
This will open a search window in Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac) where you can locate the Plugins folder we created earlier (**Note 2). When you find and select that folder, click OK, and it will appear in the Search Paths box with a checkmark next to it, indicating that it is now enabled:
Keep in mind that you can create a new folder directly from the search window in this step. Therefore, if you haven’t created a plugin folder already, you can do so in this step instead.
Now, just simply close Cinema 4D and re-launch it. And all of the plugins installed to the new folder should be loaded.
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