Installing the povlinux binary package is fairly easy but in case you are new to
GNU/Linux or POV-Ray you might find this tutorial useful.
This tutorial is exclusively for Users of x86 PCs running GNU/Linux. If you
have different hardware or run a different OS you need a different package from the
This tutorial only covers the system level installation that requires
root privileges. If you don't have them you can still install the binary
distribution but this is not completely covered by this tutorial. To do this follow steps
1 to 7 below and then run the install script as normal user.
- Open a shell
create a temporary directory somewhere to unpack the POV-Ray distribution
user@machine:~> mkdir ~/povray/
Get the POV-Ray for GNU/Linux binary package from the POV-Ray website
This can be done by right clicking on the following link and choosing 'Save Link As.../Save Link Target As...':
Download povlinux-3.6.tgz binary distribution
Save this package in the new directory you just created,
- switch back to the shell
change into the directory where you just saved the package:
user@machine:~> cd ~/povray/
unpack the distribution:
user@machine:~/povray> tar xvfz povlinux.tgz
you should get a long listing of all files extracted from the package.
change into the distribution directory:
user@machine:~/povray> cd povray-3.6
Password: <enter root password>
run the install script:
If you previously had no other POV-Ray version installed the installation should
run without interruptions. Otherwise there might be additional decisions required.
Check if the install script reports any problems. At the end you will be asked if you
want to do a test render. This test render will be without display when run as root.
leave the root environment:
if you had previously installed POV-Ray
or if you want to be able to customize your configuration independently
from other users:
user@machine:~/povray/povray-3.6 > ./install user
This will update the user configuration files in
if you are using KDE:
user@machine:~/povray/povray-3.6> ./install kde
This installs some useful entries in the KDE panel and registers POV-Ray file types.
to test if installation was successful
you can run a short test render:
user@machine:~/povray/povray-3.6> ./install test
If this fails there probably was some problem
during the install that required manual action. Check the messages printed by the
install script and try to run the install again.
You can render the sample scenes and animations coming with POV-Ray. When you are using
KDE you can do this with the corresponding links in the
KDE panel, otherwise you can call the sample scene render scripts manually - this is explained in the documentation.
After a successful installation the documentation can be found in /usr/local/share/doc/povray-3.6/html/.