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Can appleseed load an arbitrary point cloud?


I’m brand new here and had a basic question.

I was wondering if Appleseed can load a point cloud (ply file)? (Unfortunately, I’m having some trouble installing Appleseed, so I’m unable to try this out myself right now.)

I’m looking for a rendering engine that handles arbitrary point clouds and has good rendering characteristics, especially when the data may have “holes”. Eg. it would fill in holes in a very natural way. Can Appleseed do that?

~ Dan

Hi @dkoppel,

welcome to our forum!

appleseed has not yet native support for point cloud rendering. Some render engines have this feature e.g. Arnold or V-Ray or in the past Mental Ray & IRay.
One way to overcome this would be using photogrammetry software to construct a dense point cloud (e.g. in Alembic format) and further get a textured mesh.

Concerning your troubles to install appleseed. Can you give some information what is the problem. Are you talking about appleseed-core & studio or about one of our plugins for Blender, Max or Maya?
You can download the latest binaries from our GitHub release page:


Thanks for all your useful tips concerning other engines with point cloud support.

In response to your question about why the Appleseed binary wasn’t running on my system, I downloaded the “core engine” binaries from I’m running Ubuntu 16.04 and I got the following error running on the command-line:

./ /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ version `GLIBC_2.27' not found (required by ./
./ /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ version `GLIBC_2.27' not found (required by /home/dkoppel/Downloads/appleseed/bin/../lib/
./ /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ version `GLIBC_2.25' not found (required by /home/dkoppel/Downloads/appleseed/bin/../lib/

My coworker ran same program on his Ubuntu 18 and it worked. Do you know what I must do? The files listed in the error message exist on my system.


Have a look at this thread, it explains the reason why appleseed-2.0.0-beta is not running on Linux system with older glibc versions (2.1.x) like CentOS 7.x or Ubuntu 16.04.

Thanks, Herbert!

When is Appleseed 2.1 being released?

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We are in the process of getting Linux builds ready. Windows builds are already on GitHub (see this thread):

Thank you Herbert!