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Installing Cinema 4D Plugins

Last updated by Martin Weber on February 19, 2014 09:47

Quick Guide

The ZIP File you downloaded contains a "plugin" folder and a "doc" containing a ReadMe and eventually further documentation. Close the Cinema 4D application and copy the content of the "plugin" folder into your Cinema 4D's "plugins" folder. Now start Cinema 4D again.

Detailed Guide

  1. Unpack the downloaded ZIP file into a temporary location of your choice (e.g. your Desktop). Inside the ZIP file you find a "plugin" folder that contains all the files that need to be copied to your Cinema 4D installation.
  2. Find Cinema 4D's plugin folder: To find the folder where Cinema 4D expects 3rd party plugins start Cinema 4D and go to the preferences (from the Edit > Preferences menu). You can see the path to the preferences folder at the bottom of the dialog. There is also a button to open the folder in the File Explorer / Finder. Click the "Open Preferences Folder..." button.
    The path on Microsoft Windows is typically something like:
    C:\Users\Name\AppData\Roaming\MAXON\CINEMA 4D R15_12345678\
    The path on Mac OSX is typically something like:
    /Users/Name/Library/Preferences/MAXON/CINEMA 4D R15_12345678/
  3. Close the Cinema 4D Application.
  4. Copy the plugin files: In the Cinema 4D preferences folder you see a folder named plugins. Copy all the files from the downloaded "plugin" folder into that "plugins" folder.
  5. Start Cinema 4D again.
  6. Now the plugin should be installed and working within Cinema 4D. To make sure everything went fine you can check the Console in Cinema 4D. Use the "Script / Console..." menu to open the console. You should find a message showing that the plugin has been loaded, including the version number.