Installation and Licensing

This section guides you to the point where you have a default Katana workspace and are ready to start.

System Requirements

Before you do anything else, ensure that your system meets the following minimum requirements to run Katana effectively:

Katana 3.5v3 is tested and qualified on Linux 64-bit CentOS/RHEL 6.

A graphics card that supports OpenGL shader model 4.

A supported renderer (see Renderers).

Note:  Due to Python's handling of imports on case-insensitive platforms (see PEP 235), it is not possible to run Katana from a file system location on a network-attached storage device (NAS) that has been set up with mount options for case-insensitive names.

Third-Party Dependencies

Katana version 3.5v3 has dependencies on the following third-party libraries:

OpenEXR 2.2

OpenSSL 1.0.0.a

These libraries are provided in the Katana distribution, in separate directories under ${KATANA_HOME}/bin

An ABI-compatible copy of these libraries needs to reside on your LD_LIBRARY_PATH in order for many of Katana's plug-ins to run. The Katana application itself uses RPATHs to locate the required libraries.

Note:  Katana's wrapper script ${KATANA_HOME}/katana appends ${LD_LIBRARY_PATH} to ensure these libraries are visible to Katana plug-ins.

If you manage your own LD_LIBRARY_PATH or wish to expose these libraries to plug-ins by some other means, you can call the Katana binary directly using: