POV-Ray Extension for Visual Studio Code
The Persistence of Vision Raytracer is a high-quality, free software tool for creating three-dimensional graphics by using a Scene Description Language.
This extension allows you to use Visual Studio Code to edit POV-Ray Scene Description files and render them using POV-Ray in the integrated terminal.
This extension does not install POV-Ray. You can either install it yourself or run it using Docker.
Running POV-Ray using Docker
If you have Docker installed, you can easily run POV-Ray on any platform by selecting the Docker > Enable Docker option in the VS Code POV-Ray settings.
By default, the jmaxwilson/povray:latest docker image will be used. Additional povray docker images are available and you can set the image you want to use in the settings.
Note: if you are using WSL Bash as your integrated terminal on Windows, you will need some addtional setup to make Docker for Windows work with WSL Bash.
If you are not using Docker, you will need to install POV-Ray for your specific OS and you will need to make sure that it can be run via the commandline from your terminal.
Windows 10 with WSL
For the best experience on Windows, install the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) and Ubuntu for Windows. Then configure VS Code to use
Download and run the POV-Ray installer for Windows:
Make sure the full path to
You may also have to turn off
Download the unofficial Command line POV-Ray 3.7.0 final for Mac:
Using the terminal, unzip the downloaded file and move the extracted files into
Modify the POV-Ray Extension Settings in VS Code to set the Library Path to
POV-Ray Scene Description Language syntax highlighting adapted from the atom-language-povray project by 羽洲.
POV-Ray Logo by SharkD.