Use of POV-Ray is governed by our end-user license
You must agree to this license before using any POV-Ray software or files. The installation
or use of POV-Ray indicates your agreement and it is thus not necessary to write us saying so.
The license is also contained within the installation.
Distribution and Modification of POV-Ray is governed by our distribution license
and source license. Please refer to those documents before
re-distributing or modifying any POV-Ray files.
The current official version of POV-Ray is 3.6.2, which was released on 1 June 2009 for the
Windows platform. Other platform releases are still at v3.6.1. The install contains a changelist
covering what has been modified since version 3.6.0.
Moray 3D Modeller available at no charge
The Moray 3d modeller is a program which allows POV-Ray scenes to be created using a graphical interface.
Some time ago POV-Ray obtained the rights to Moray.
We are still working on this program in order to release it under the GPL3 - since it contained some commercial source
code that could not be released as Free software, we have to re-write or replace those portions. In the meantime, though,
you can use the formerly shareware version of Moray for free.
Just download the installer and use the
following registration code (taken from here):
User: POV-Ray User
Note: Moray does not contain POV-Ray, and nor is it required for using POV-Ray. If
you do not yet have POV-Ray installed, we suggest you keep on reading this page and install POV
Note: Moray, like POV-Ray 3.6, has some issues running on Vista systems.
Beta of POV-Ray 3.7 (Windows and Linux)
Our beta page has available a beta-test
version of POV-Ray for the Microsoft Windows and Linux platforms. The most significant
change from the end-user point of view between versions 3.6 and 3.7 is the addition of SMP
(symmetric multiprocessing) support, which in a nutshell allows the renderer to run on as many
CPU's (or cores) as you have installed on your computer. This will be particularly useful for those
users who intend purchasing a dual-core CPU or who already have a two (or more) processor machine.
The POV-Ray for Windows 32-bit version requires at least Windows 2000 and a Pentium processor. We recommend
30mb free disk space and at least 128mb of RAM.
The below 64-bit version requires Windows XP Professional x64 Edition (or later). It will not install on a 32-bit OS,
even if it is hosted on a 64-bit CPU. Just having an AMD64 is not sufficient - you must also have the above x64
edition of XP installed. If you don't know what version of POV-Ray for Windows you need, you want the above 32-bit
Requires at least Mac OS 9.2 or at least Mac OS X 10.2.8. Using Mac OS
9.2.2 is strongly recommended. For Mac OS CarbonLib 1.6 is required.
Important: Some users with an Intel-Mac (any Mac sold in 2007 or later as well as some 2006 models) have reported
problems running POV-Ray 3.6. These problems are due to Apple's PowerPC emulator crashing. The emulator is part of
Mac OS X and out of POV-Ray's control. As of 2009, Apple has sent us a workaround (thanks!), but we have not found
the time yet to integrate it into POV-Ray 3.6 because POV-Ray 3.6 depends on the now discontinued CodeWarrior
compiler for Power Macs. Sorry! Please wait for POV-Ray 3.7.
This source code is not needed to run the software on Windows, Mac OS
or Linux, but is useful for the programmers out there who want to take a
look at the source code, make modification or port it to a new platform.
Note: Distribution of modified versions of POV-Ray
is subject to our distribution license
as modified by the terms of our source license.
Download gzipped tarball (9 MB)
Download bzipped tarball (8 MB)
The bzip2 utility can be found here.
Documentation is included with all versions of POV-Ray, so you do not
need to download any of the below files unless you want a printable
version or otherwise prefer a different format. We provide our printable
documentation in both international A4 and US letter sizes
in PDF, PostScript, and TeX formats.