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Installing Krakatoa For CINEMA 4D

Last edited on April 14, 2014   


Krakatoa for CINEMA 4D is provided as two distinct installers - one for Microsoft Windows operating systems, and one for Mac OSX operating systems.

The actual installation procedure is the same on both systems. The screenshots below represent the installer running on Windows.


Download the correct installer for your operating system using the link provided to you by our Sales team.

Launch the installer - if User Access Control is enabled, confirm that you want to allow new files to be written to your disk.

Then click the Next > button:


Read the End User License Agreement.


Select the radio button "I accept the agreement" if you agree and want to continue the installation, then click the Next > button.


Krakatoa C4D copies a few files into its own dedicated folder, the rest goes into the Plugins folder of CINEMA 4D. You can select an alternative location for the Thinkbox-specific path, but in most cases, you can just accept the default and click Next > to continue...


Now select the components you want to install. Krakatoa C4D currently supports R14 and R15. If one of these installations is not detected on your system, the corresponding checkbox will be unchecked automatically. If you want to skip the installation for one of the existing releases, you can uncheck it manually.

Then click Next > to review the installation paths of the CINEMA 4D releases/


If you requested the installation for CINEMA 4D R14, you will be prompted with its installation path.

Confirm by clicking Next >


If you requested the installation for CINEMA 4D R15, you will be prompted with its installation path.

Confirm by clicking Next >


 At this point, we are ready to install. You can cancel at any point using the Cancel button, or go back to previous screens to change settings. 

Clicking Next > will start the copying of new files to your system:


Wait for all files to be copied. You can still interrupt the process by clicking Cancel.


Once the installation is complete, press Finish to close the installer. You can now launch CINEMA 4D manually, assign Krakatoa as the renderer and point it to the Floating License Server or Node-Locked License File depending on what type of license your requested.



When you request to evaluate or purchase Krakatoa for CINEMA 4D, our Sales department will ask you to provide some information about the license type - floating or node-locked - and about the license server or workstation to run the license. 

License Types

A floating license is served by a dedicated license server machine. This way, multiple users can access the same license from different workstations, just not at the same time.

A node-locked license is created for a specific machine and cannot be used on any other machine.

MAC Address

In both cases, the license is tied to the MAC (Media Access Control address) of the network adapter. Note that the MAC address has nothing to do with Apple Computers' Mac hardware - a MAC address can be obtained from machines running Windows, OSX or Linux. This means that your floating license could be served from any machine running any of these operating systems even if your workstations and render nodes are running a different operating system.

More information about obtaining the MAC address and installing a floating license server can be found here.

Licensing Dialog

Once you have obtained a license file from the Thinkbox Sales department, you have to specify its location in the Krakatoa C4D render settings dialog: 

  • Open CINEMA 4D.
  • Assign Krakatoa as the current Renderer.
  • Switch to the Licensing tab.
  • If you have requested a floating license, enter the name of the server (or its IP address on the local network) into the Hostname or IP field. If the server is behind a firewall, also specify the port number (consult with your system administrator, or contact our Support team for further assistance)
  • If you have requested a node-locked license, pick the location of the license file on your disk drive.
  • In both cases, the information entered in the Licensing panel will be stored and reused in future CINEMA 4D sessions.