Installing on Windows

The installation bundle installs the entire Nuke family, including Hiero and HieroPlayer, and icons for the various components appear in your installation folder.

Note:  Some modern anti-virus software may wrongly assume that certain files in the Nuke installer are suspicious. Examples of these files include and If you have trouble installing Nuke on your machine, try disabling your anti-virus software before installation. Don't forget to restart your anti-virus software after installation.

  1. Download and unzip the .exe installation file from our website at
  2. Double-click on the installation file to start the installation. Follow the on-screen instructions. By default, the application is installed to:
  3. <drive letter>:\Program Files\Nuke<version number>

  4. That's it! Proceed with Launching on Windows.

Installing from the Command Line

  1. Download the correct .exe installation file from our website at
  2. To open a command prompt window, click Start, type cmd, and then click Command Prompt.
  3. Use the cd (change directory) command to move to the directory where you saved the installation file. For example, if you saved the installation file in C:\Temp, use the following command and press Return:
  4. cd C:\Temp

  5. To install the application, do one of the following:
  6. To install and display the installation dialog, type the name of the install file without the file extension and press Return:


    To install silently so that the installer does not prompt you for anything, enter /S /ACCEPT-FOUNDRY-EULA after the installation command:

    Nuke<version>-win-x86_64 /S /ACCEPT-FOUNDRY-EULA

    Note:  If you omit /ACCEPT-FOUNDRY-EULA the installer displays an error message. By using the /ACCEPT-FOUNDRY-EULA install option, you agree to the terms of the End User Licensing Agreement. To see this agreement, please refer to or run the installer in standard, non-silent mode.

    By default, the application is installed to:

    <drive letter>:\Program Files\Nuke<version number>

    To install to a specified directory during silent installations, use the /D install option:

    Nuke<version>-win-x86_64 /S /ACCEPT-FOUNDRY-EULA /D=E:\Nuke

    Note:  The /D option must be the last parameter used in the command and must not contain any quotes, even if the path contains spaces. Only absolute paths are supported.

    Tip:  You can display a list of install options using the /HELP command:
    Nuke<version>-win-x86_64 /HELP

  7. Proceed with Launching on Windows.
  8. Note:  For versions prior to Nuke 12, use the /silent and /dir commands instead of /S and /D. See Online & Offline Help Versions for more information.

Installing Oculus Headsets

Windows support for Oculus Rift CV1 and Oculus Quest 2 requires you to follow the Oculus Setup procedure. Refer to the accompanying documentation supplied by Oculus.

See Reviewing on VR Headsets (HMD) for more information on using headsets.

For the full Rift experience, Oculus recommend the following system:

NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or greater

Intel i5-6400 equivalent or greater


Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output sensor and 1x USB 2.0 port

Windows 7 SP1 64-bit or newer, plus the DirectX platform update

The latest Oculus drivers come with the Oculus Setup utility, available here:

Installing HTC Vive/Vive Pro

Windows support for the HTC Vive and Vive Pro requires that you install Steam and SteamVR as well as some additional hardware. Refer to the following setup procedure for more information

See Reviewing on VR Headsets (HMD) for more information on using headsets.

For the full Vive experience, Steam recommend the following:

NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 970 / AMD Radeon™ R9 290 equivalent or greater

Intel® i5-4590 / AMD FX 8350 equivalent or greater


Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10