Extensions and patches to
POV-Ray 3.6 / MegaPOV 1.2 for Unix

PC-Linux unofficial binaries for POV-Ray and MegaPOV


Nicolas Calimet <pov4grasp@free.fr>

Updated Aug 29, 2006


The PC-Linux binaries include the most recent versions of the patches described on this page. They have support for the X Window display but come without the SVGAlib display. The latter is replaced by the Linux framebuffer display patch.

The binaries (ELF 32-bit format, statically linked) should work on any Intel Pentium-compatible platform running the x86 or x86-64 Linux kernel version 2.2.0 or above. They are compiled with the Intel C++ Compiler for Linux to take advantage of Intel Pentium 4 and Pentium-M optimizations (the binaries make use of the SSE2 instructions set where possible).

Note: Those generic binaries are provided mostly for testing purposes and are not suited for production use (in particular on x86-64 platforms). It is recommanded otherwise to run a binary prepared specifically for the host platform, as discussed in this article.


Those unofficial binaries intend to replace the povray or megapov executable of a previously installed POV-Ray 3.6.x for Unix or MegaPOV 1.2.x for Unix distribution (either the PC-Linux or source distribution). By default, the povray or megapov executable is located in /usr/local/bin.

The instructions below apply for the POV-Ray binary; for MegaPOV, simply replace povray by megapov where appropriate.

  1. Unpack the file:
    bunzip2 povray-nc-xxxx.bz2
    where xxxx is the build number, e.g. 0008.
  2. Set its executable permission:
    chmod +x povray-nc-xxxx
  3. Copy the file to the location where the original povray executable was installed, for instance:
    cp povray-nc-xxxx /usr/local/bin/
  4. Make this new binary the default, for example:
    cd /usr/local/bin/
    mv povray povray.orig
    ln -s povray-nc-xxxx povray


Latest version: build 0010
Patched POV-Ray binary Patched MegaPOV binary
2006-04-23 povray-nc-0010.bz2 (2.0 MB) megapov-nc-0010.bz2 (2.2 MB)
2006-03-22 povray-nc-0009.bz2 (2.0 MB) megapov-nc-0009.bz2 (2.2 MB)
2006-02-13 povray-nc-0008.bz2 (2.0 MB) -
2006-01-09 povray-nc-0007.bz2 (2.0 MB) -
2005-12-30 povray-nc-0006.bz2 (2.0 MB) -
2005-12-20 povray-nc-0005.bz2 (2.0 MB) -
2005-12-12 povray-nc-0004.bz2 (2.0 MB) -
2005-10-28 povray-nc-0003.bz2 (2.0 MB) -
2005-10-06 povray-nc-0002.bz2 (2.0 MB) -
2005-09-05 povray-nc-0001.bz2 (2.2 MB) -