Important


Before installing or attempting to run Redshift on any 3d app, please ensure that you have a recent (or the latest) NVidia driver installed!

You can download suitable drivers for your GPU through the following link: http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

On Windows, you only need the NVidia display driver. I.e. you do not need to install any separate CUDA drivers/packages!


Running The Installer

The Redshift installer will guide you through the installation process.

When you run the installer, you will be greeted with a welcome message as shown below.

As noted on the welcome screen, you should close any running instances of Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3ds Max, Maxon Cinema 4D, SideFX Houdini, The Foundry Katana and Blender before continuing with the installation. The installation may fail if these applications are running.


Click Next to proceed to the License Agreement screen.

Please review the Redshift Software License Agreement carefully before continuing. By clicking I Agree, you are agreeing to be bound by the terms of the agreement. If you agree with the terms and wish to proceed with the installation, click I Agree. If you do not agree with the terms, you must not click I Agree and you must exit the installer (by clicking Cancel) and remove the installer from your system.



What is a DCC?

DCC stands for Digital Content Creation. We use this term to refer to the various host applications that are supported by Redshift.


After you agree to the licensing terms, the installer will show the Select target DCC applications page.  This page allows you to select which DCC applications and versions to automatically setup the Redshift plugins. The installer currently supports automatic setup of the Redshift plugins for Maya, 3ds Max and Softimage.  By default, the installer will select all detected compatible versions of Maya, 3ds Max, Softimage and Cinema 4D. You can deselect an entry in the list if you do not want to setup the Redshift plugin for that particular DCC product and version.

The Houdini and Katana plugins require an additional step after running the installer. This additional step is only required the first time you install Redshift and is not required when updating to a new version. For more information, see the links below.

Houdini Plugin Configuration

Katana Plugin Configuration




Regardless of what you select on Select target DCC applications page, all Redshift DCC application plugins will be copied to your system, allowing you to later setup Redshift for a particular product and version even if you did not choose to automatically setup the plugin. See the DCC-specific Plugin Configuration sections for more details.

Click Next to proceed to the Node-locked License Warning page.  This page explains some important information about node-locked licenses.



Type the word yes in the in the box as instructed and click Install to proceed with the installation. The Redshift installer will copy the necessary files to your system and setup the Redshift plugins for the selected DCC applications.


Once all files have been copied and the Redshift plugins have been setup for the DCC applications you selected, the installer may prompt you to modify your TDR delay settings. If you do not see this screen, it means your system's TDR delay is already suitable for Redshift, or your system does not support TDR.

If you do see the TDR Settings screen, we highly recommend you accept the default presented by the installer.  Any changes made by the installer will be reverted when you uninstall Redshift.

Modifying your system's TDR delay settings involves making changes to your system's registry.



After you've decided on your TDR delay settings, click Next to continue.

The Redshift installation is now complete. If this is your first time installing Redshift and you need to activate a node-locked license that you have purchased, you can check Run the Redshift Licensing Tool now to exit the installer and immediately launch the licensing tool. If you have already activated your license during a previous installation, or are using floating licenses, there is no need to run the licensing tool.

Click Finish to exit the installer.