Installing OctaneRender® For Houdini®


The release archive contains everything you need to run OctaneRender for Houdini, including the Octane libraries, plugin binaries, menu shelf, HDAs, etc.


Compatible Houdini Products


Plugin Installation

To install OctaneRender for Houdini, decompress the archive you download from the OctaneRender website and copy the resulting uncompressed files somewhere.

Insert the OctaneRender plugin folder path to the houdini.env file. Houdini creates this file after launch it for the first time.

The location of this file varies for each platform:

On Linux and macOS® systems, append a single line to enable OctaneRender:

HOUDINI_PATH = "/path/to/octane;&"

On Windows systems, you need to set the PATH to point to the plugin bin folder as well:

PATH = "$PATH;C:\path\to\Octane folder\Octane_2022_H19\bin;&"

HOUDINI_PATH = "C:\path\to\Octane folder\Octane_2022_H19;&"




Setting this environment variable outputs any error related to loading the OctaneRender plugin on the command line, which is useful for diagnosing installation problems: