Installing Plugins



Use the Installers

If your plugin comes with an installer then please use that. It will install the plugins directly into the plugins folder for your copy of Cinema 4D.

The installers also come with the PluginManager, which is required to run the plugins.

If you choose not to use the installer then you will need to manually download and install the Plugin Manager as well as your plugin.

When using the installers they expect to find Cinema 4D at its default install location.

For windows users you have the option to select a different root folder to tell the installer where it should look for the Cinema 4D folders. By default this is set to "C:\Program Files\"

  • On Windows
    • C:\Program Files\MAXON\Cinema 4D R20
    • C:\Program Files\Maxon Cinema 4D R21
    • C:\Program Files\Maxon Cinema 4D R22
    • C:\Program Files\Maxon Cinema 4D R23
    • C:\Program Files\Maxon Cinema 4D R24
  • On macOS
    • /Applications/MAXON/Cinema 4D R20
    • /Applications/Maxon Cinema 4D R21
    • /Applications/Maxon Cinema 4D R22
    • /Applications/Maxon Cinema 4D R23
    • /Applications/Maxon Cinema 4D R24

If the installer can't find Cinema 4D at these locations then you will not be given the option to install the plugins for those versions.


Manual Installation for Individual plugins

Note: Make sure you already have the Plugin Manager installed.

  1. Unzip the folder onto your computer.
  2. Go into the folder and delete all the *.xdl64 (on windows) and *.xlib (on macOS) files except for the one you need for your version of Cinema 4D.
    • IE on windows if you have R20 then keep the file pluginname_R20.xdl64
    • IE on macOS if you have R20 then keep the file pluginname_R20.xlib
  3. Find the folder that contains your version of Cinema 4D and make sure you have a folder called 'plugins/Plugins4D'. If it doesn't exist then please create it.
    • On Windows
      • C:\Program Files\MAXON\Cinema 4D R20\plugins\Plugins4D
      • C:\Program Files\Maxon Cinema 4D R21\plugins\Plugins4D
      • C:\Program Files\Maxon Cinema 4D R22\plugins\Plugins4D
      • C:\Program Files\Maxon Cinema 4D R23\plugins\Plugins4D
      • C:\Program Files\Maxon Cinema 4D R24\plugins\Plugins4D
    • On macOS
      • /Applications/MAXON/Cinema 4D R20/plugins/Plugins4D
      • /Applications/Maxon Cinema 4D R21/plugins/Plugins4D
      • /Applications/Maxon Cinema 4D R22/plugins/Plugins4D
      • /Applications/Maxon Cinema 4D R23/plugins/Plugins4D
      • /Applications/Maxon Cinema 4D R24/plugins/Plugins4D
  4. Copy the contents of the folder, that you unzipped, to the Plugins4D folder.
    • For example, if the plugin was called "DICOM" then you would now have a folder called DICOM inside the Plugins4D folder that contains the plugin
      • IE on Windows: C:\Program Files\Maxon Cinema 4D R23\plugins\Plugins4D\dicom\
      • IE on macOS: /Applications/Maxon Cinema 4D R23/plugins/Plugins4D/dicom/
    • As well as the Plugin Manager
      • IE on Windows: C:\Program Files\Maxon Cinema 4D R23\plugins\Plugins4D\pluginmanager\
      • IE on macOS: /Applications/Maxon Cinema 4D R23/plugins/Plugins4D/pluginmanager/
  5. Restart Cinema 4D
  6. You will now see a Plugins 4D menu appear in C4D. Under this menu you will find your plugins. If you do not see this menu then you need to also install the Plugin Manager

Manual Installation for Bundles

In addition to the automatic installers, Bundles also come with a separate zip file for each version of Cinema 4D, where each zip file contains all the plugins for that version of C4D, for your particular bundle.

  1. Select the correct zip file for your version of Cinema 4D from the gumroad downloads.
  2. Unzip the folder onto your computer.
  3. Find the folder that contains your version of Cinema 4D and make sure you have a folder called 'plugins/Plugins4D'. If it doesn't exist then please create it.
    • On Windows
      • C:\Program Files\MAXON\Cinema 4D R20\plugins\Plugins4D
      • C:\Program Files\Maxon Cinema 4D R21\plugins\Plugins4D
      • C:\Program Files\Maxon Cinema 4D R22\plugins\Plugins4D
      • C:\Program Files\Maxon Cinema 4D R23\plugins\Plugins4D
    • On macOS
      • /Applications/MAXON/Cinema 4D R20/plugins/Plugins4D
      • /Applications/Maxon Cinema 4D R21/plugins/Plugins4D
      • /Applications/Maxon Cinema 4D R22/plugins/Plugins4D
      • /Applications/Maxon Cinema 4D R23/plugins/Plugins4D
  4. Copy the contents of the folder, that you unzipped, to the Plugins4D folder.
    • For example, if the plugin was called 'pluginmanager' then you would now have a folder called 'pluginmanager' inside the Plugins4D folder that contains the plugin
      • IE on Windows: C:\Program Files\Maxon Cinema 4D R23\plugins\Plugins4D\pluginmanager\
      • IE on macOS: /Applications/Maxon Cinema 4D R23/plugins/Plugins4D/pluginmanager/
  5. Restart Cinema 4D
  6. You will now see a Plugins 4D menu appear in C4D. Under this menu you will find your plugins. If you do not see this menu then you need to also install the Plugin Manager

Licenses

Plugin Bundle Licenses

  1. If you purchased a Bundle for Plugins 4D then you will have recieved a Gumroad Licence Key. Do not loose this key.
  2. To use this key open the Plugins4D->Plugins 4D Manager
  3. Enter your licence key into the 'Bundle Key' field.
  4. Press the Activate Bundle Key button.
  5. The plugin will then check the license to see if it is valid.
  6. If the licence is accepted then a dialog will appear telling you that you have a valid license. You will be asked to restart Cinema 4D.
  7. Restart C4D to use the plugins.

For more information please see the Plugin Manager page.

Patreon Plugin Licenses

  1. If you are a Patreon of Plugins 4D then will have recieved a patreon key. If you don't have a key yet then contact Plugins 4D using the Patreon Messages system.
  2. To use this key open the Plugins4D->Plugins 4D Manager
  3. Enter your licence key into the 'Patreon Key' field and then press 'Activate Patreon Key' button.
  4. Restart C4D to use the plugins.

For more information please see the Plugin Manager page.

Individual Plugin Licenses

  1. If you purchased a licence for an Individual Plugin then you will have recieved a licence key.
  2. To use this key open the Plugins4D->Plugins 4D Manager
  3. Find the plugin in the list.
  4. On the right hand side of the dialog you will see Activate text on the same line as your plugins name.
  5. Click the Activate text
  6. A dialog will appear where you can now enter in your licence key.
  7. Press the Activate button.
  8. If the licence is accepted then a dialog will appear telling you that you have a valid license. You will be asked to restart Cinema 4D.
  9. Restart C4D to use the plugin.

For more information please see the Plugin Manager page.


Layouts for 4D Paint and 4D Publish

  1. For 4D Paint and 4D Publish you will also need to install the layouts. Copy everything from the 'layout' folder to either of the following locations
    • Your Maxon Cinema 4D R20/library/layout folder.
    • Or open Cinema 4D, Open the Preferences, Press the 'Open Preferences Folder' then place the layouts in the library/layout folder.
  2. Restart C4D and you will see the new layouts in the layouts drop down in C4D.

Help

  • Choose Show Help from the Plugins 4D menu to find out more. Or visit help for the most up-to-date help.
  • If you don't want the Plugins 4D menu then you can hide it by unchecking the option found at "Edit->Preferences->Plugins 4D->Show Top Menu".

Licensing and Activating plugins

Please see the Plugin Manager page for more information on how to licence your plugins.