POV-Ray 3.6 for Unix traditionally is a plain command line program
but there are a lot of 3rd party tools available that simplify the
use of POV-Ray.
This page lists various programs related to POV-Ray for Unix.
It does not cover resources related to POV-Ray in general like include files,
modeling tools etc. An extensive link collection covering things like this
is available elsewhere.
Editing POV-Ray Scripts
POV-Ray script files can be written with any text editor but there are
several programs available with special support for the POV-Ray scene description
language. Some even have features for calling POV-Ray directly from the editor
and offer a similar look and feel as the Windows- and Mac versions of POV-Ray.
pov-mode for Emacs,
a major mode for the Emacs editor featuring syntax highlighting, automatic indention,
autocompletition and other things.
an integrated development environment for POV-Ray aimed to be similar to
the Windows version of POV-Ray.
another WinPOV-like POV-Ray frontend written in Python.
contains language support for POV-Ray as well.
There are a lot of modeling programs that can be used in combination with POV-Ray,
either through POV-SDL export functions or by using external converters. A large list can
be found in the
Here you can find some programs specifically designed for use with POV-Ray.
KPovModeler, a KDE program
that can combine modeled scene elements with hand written code parts quite well.
Giram, a somewhat older program
supporting only the classic POV-Ray shapes.
a menu system for rxvt offering to select command line options for POV-Ray and to start
a tool offering full text search of the POV-Ray documentation.
Image post-processing Programs
For converting POV-Ray renders to other image file formats, resizing images etc. there are
a lot of tools available for Unix platforms, here is a selection of some of them:
is a collection of command line tools for file format conversion and basic
supports a large number of file formats and is capable of a lot of editing operations.
is a powerful interactive image editor well suited for retouching and image