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AMD Radeon™ ProRender is AMD’s powerful physically-based rendering engine that lets creative professionals use open industry standards to leverage GPU and CPU performance to produce stunningly photorealistic images in in Blender™.

Fast, easy, and incredible, Radeon™ ProRender is available as a plug-in for Blender™ and can be used to render anything – product designs, architectural visualizations, visuals effects, and more.

Radeon™ ProRender is fully integrated into Blender™ 2.78 and higher for Microsoft Windows®, macOS®, and Linux®, meaning you can use its existing lights, materials, and textures, and it renders your geometry accurately. Radeon™ ProRender also comes with a library of materials to get you started.

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Get the AMD Radeon™ ProRender plug-in and user guide for Blender™

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Physically Accurate

It’s physically accurate and lightning fast. It has viewport integration, so you can see your changes as you go

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Hardware Agnostic

Radeon™ ProRender is hardware agnostic. If your computer can run OpenCL™ 1.2 or Apple® Metal® 2, it can run Radeon™ ProRender on your CPU or GPU

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Fully Integrated

Whatever your chosen workflow, Radeon™ ProRender is fully integrated into Blender™ 2.78 and higher for Microsoft Windows®, macOS®, and Linux®

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VR Cameras

AMD Radeon™ ProRender for Blender™ comes with panoramic and stereoscopic VR camera views. In addition, other Blender™ cameras are supported too

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Environment and Sky

Radeon™ ProRender has its own environment setup, letting you work in IBL or Sky mode, together with emissive light setups and lights from HDRI environments

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Material Library

Radeon™ ProRender comes with its own optimized material library, providing an easy starting point and reference point for creating your own shaders

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Removes noise from an image while preserving detail, helping cut render times. Radeon™ ProRender supports both final render and interactive rendering denoising

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Now for macOS®

Radeon™ ProRender for Blender™ supports Windows®, macOS®, and Ubuntu® Linux®

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Detailed Features

Current features of the AMD Radeon™ ProRender plug-in for Blender™ 1.8 for Windows®, macOS®, and Linux®


  • *NEW* Interactive viewport rendering is more responsive by keeping all displays in OpenGL®.
  • *NEW* Lightgroup AOVS added called environment, key, fill, and emissive, allowing you to independently control light values when compositing your render.
  • Support for Volumes allows artists to render advanced effects like smoke, fog, and clouds to create even more realistic images.
  • Improved subdivision of surfaces with Adaptive Subdivision can speed up workflows.
  • Metal® Performance Shaders accelerated ray tracing support on macOS®.
  • Denoising support for both final and interactive rendering.
  • Simplified sampling – all rendering samples are used for anti-aliasing.
  • Native tone mapping and exposure controls.
  • Depth map rendering capability, allowing the processing of depth of field manually.
  • Viewport integration means you can work with Radeon™ ProRender in real-time and see your changes as you make them.
  • Built on OpenCL™ or Metal® 2, it’s hardware agnostic, so it runs on virtually any hardware, including virtually any combination of GPUs and CPUs.
  • Near linear rendering performance scaling when adding additional GPUs.
  • Render modes support global illumination, direct illumination (with/without shadow), wireframe, diffuse albedo, position, normal, texture coordinates, ambient occlusion.
  • AOVs for post processing including support for world coordinates, UVs, material index, geometric normals, shading normal, reflections, and diffuse lighting.
  • Control over frame completion and rendering – pause, set render pass limits and duration.
  • Added “Out-of-Core” texture cache setting for viewport and material renders.
  • Batch/background and region rendering support.
  • Added support for sequence rendering.
  • Displacement and Renderstamp support.



  • *NEW* Updated separately-installed Material Library with 300+ materials that use the Radeon™ ProRender Uber Shader so they’re easy to use as starting points for your own materials.
  • *NEW* Added nodes for Procedural UV Mapping to make texture mapping of basic objects simpler.
  • *NEW* Flat Color Shader added for creating a material with just a texture or color and no lighting at all.
  • *NEW* Added Sheen Settings to the Uber Shader, making it easier to render cloth.
  • Updated Uber Shader with more realistic defaults, enhanced subsurface scattering, diffuse backscattering, a simplified caustics option, an improved clearcoat appearance, and a refraction normal.
  • Ambient Occlusion node for enhanced procedural texture workflows.
  • Texture color space controls – set the color space to either sRGB or linear.
  • PBR shader material that closely matches Unreal® Engine’s PBR materials.
  • Shadow Catcher material for compositing objects to IBL (Image-Based Lighting) environments or backplate images.
  • Supports X-Rite’s Appearance Exchange Format (AxF™). Learn more at*
  • Physically correct materials and lighting allow you to make true design decisions with global illumination – including caustics.
  • Import Radeon™ ProRender Materials, including those from Autodesk® 3ds Max® and Maya®.
  • Materials are simple to use and editable, with interactive preview of materials via the Blender™ editor.
  • UV generation and basic transform info for maps, which include scaling, offset, and rotations.
  • Change textures and apply tiling/scaling while rendering in a Blender™ viewport.
  • Fully procedural bump/normal maps and displacement.
  • RGB to grayscale conversion node.

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  • *NEW* Environment Light overrides – now you can set one color or map separately for reflection, refraction, diffuse, or transparency.
  • Light Shader that creates more realistic lighting, including area light shapes, color temperature, and texture maps.
  • IES lights support lets you use the exact scattering and fall-offs of real-world lighting.
  • Includes photometric lighting – supports IBL environments and a sun/sky system with time of day and location setting, control of sun/sky atmospherics, soft shadows, sky albedo and turbidity.
  • Emissive materials to allow any geometry emit light.
  • Supports HDRI environment mapping and lighting.
  • Supports Blender™ lights and tone mapping.
  • Portal light and caustic shadow support.



  • Manage/select different cameras which are rendered in interactive mode via viewports.
  • Depth of field (DOF) and object/camera motion blur support.
  • Virtual Reality (VR) camera support.
  • Supports Blender™ camera presets.



  • *NEW* Added a menu to the viewport to switch view mode for interactive rendering.
  • Supports Blender™ 2.78 and higher (experimental builds not supported) on Microsoft Windows®, macOS®, and Linux®.
  • glTF (GL Transmission Format) support for easy export of assets to other applications while preserving materials.
  • Large scene export optimization and .rpr export format.
  • Integrates into existing Blender™ workflows.
  • Batch/background rendering.

System Requirements


  • Blender™ 2.78 and up (experimental builds not supported) for Microsoft Windows®, macOS®, and Linux®
  • Microsoft Windows® 7, 10 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows® 10 64-bit (non-AMD GPU)
  • macOS® High Sierra 10.13.3 and up (10.13.4 required for external GPU support)
  • Linux® distributions: Ubuntu® 16.04.3 and 18.04.0


  • Runs on both GPUs and CPUs. OpenCL™ 1.2 support required for GPUs on Windows® and Linux®. Metal® 2 support required for GPUs on macOS®
  • AMD graphics cards are recommended for Windows® and Linux®, required for macOS®
  • For non-AMD OpenCL™ 1.2 cards, Windows® 10 64-bit is required
  • Recommended Windows® and Linux® Graphics Hardware:

AMD Radeon™ Pro WX series cards, Radeon™ Pro SSG graphics, Radeon™ Pro Duo (“Polaris”) graphics, Radeon™ Vega Frontier Edition cards, Radeon™ VII graphics card, AMD FirePro™ W9100, W8100, W7100, and S series cards

  • Compatible Windows® and Linux® Graphics Hardware:

AMD Radeon™ Pro Duo (“Fiji”) graphics, Radeon™ RX series cards, Radeon™ R9 Fury series cards, Radeon™ R9 Nano graphics, Radeon™ R9 300 series cards, Radeon™ R9 290X graphics, Radeon™ R9 290 graphics, Radeon™ R9 285 graphics, Radeon™ R9 280X graphics, Radeon™ R9 280 graphics

  • Compatible Apple® Mac® Hardware:

MacBook® (Early 2015 or newer), MacBook Pro® (Mid 2012 or newer), MacBook Air® (Mid 2012 or newer), Mac mini® (Late 2012 or newer), iMac® (Late 2012 or newer), iMac Pro™ (Late 2017 or newer), Mac Pro® (Late 2013) (Models without discrete AMD Radeon™, Radeon™ Pro, or AMD FirePro™ graphics will be limited to CPU rendering with Radeon™ ProRender)

  • Compatible Apple® Mac® External Graphics (eGPU) Hardware:

AMD Radeon™ RX 470, RX 480, RX 560, RX 570, and RX 580 graphics, Radeon™ RX Vega 56, RX Vega 64, Vega Frontier Edition (Air-Cooled) graphics, and Radeon™ Pro WX 7100, WX 8200, WX 9100 graphics (Requires macOS® High Sierra 10.13.4 and compatible all-in-one eGPU product or eGPU Thunderbolt™ 3 chassis)



Title image by Mike Griggs created using AMD Radeon™ ProRender for Blender™.

Ferrari 488 GTB images created by Mike Pan created using AMD Radeon™ ProRender for Blender™.

Ferrari 488 GTB design is the property of Ferrari S.p.A.

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