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Q100246: 3Delight for Katana



This article explains where to find information about downloading and installing the 3Delight renderer and plug-in for Katana.


The 3Delight renderer and the 3Delight for Katana (3DFK) renderer plug-in are provided by the 3Delight team. Starting from Katana 3.0v1, 3Delight ships bundled with Katana and can be installed as part of the Katana installation process.

Please see this article for further details: Q100400: Installing Katana 3.x

The 3Delight version shipped with Katana can license off a valid katana_i (GUI) license in Katana's UI mode. This means that 3Delight can be used in Preview and Live Renders without requiring an additional license. If you wish to render files to disk, a 3Delight render license, 3delight_r, is required. If no such license is found, the rendered images will be watermarked and the render will be slower than normal.  

Customers requiring a 3delight_r license can contact for further information.


If 3Delight is installed as part of the Katana installation and the setup steps are performed with the default options selected, it will be automatically set up so it is ready to use with Katana.

If 3Delight is installed, but the setup options to set environment variables are not selected, the necessary variables can be set in a startup script to load the 3Delight plugin when Katana starts up. Please see the following articles for more information on how to set up a startup script:
Q100272: Creating a Katana launcher script for Linux
Q100242: Creating a Katana launcher script for Windows

Katana releases from 3.0v1 upward ship with a sanctioned and tested version of 3Delight. Other versions of the renderer plug-in can be downloaded from the 3Delight website at

Note: The Free 3Delight NSI package does NOT include the 3Delight plugin for Katana. The unrestricted 3Delight package, which is available for subscription or purchase, does include 3Delight for Katana. Please see the 3Delight website for more information.

If you have further questions, or if you are having any trouble working with the information above, then please open a Support ticket and let us know the issue you are encountering and the troubleshooting steps you have taken so far.

For more information on how to open a Support ticket, please refer to Q100064: How to raise a support ticket.

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