Operating System


  • Windows 10 (64 bit)
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7 SP1
  • Windows Server (any version) is NOT supported.

Mac OS X: Requires:

  • Requires 64-bit Intel-based Mac with OSX 10.10.2 and higher


  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (64-bit) 
  • Debian 7.0+ (64-bit) 
  • RHEL 6+ (64-bit) 
  • Fedora 16+ (64-bit) 
  • Open SUSE 12.1+ (64-bit) 
  • CentOS 6+ (64-bit) 
  • Mint 13+ (64-bit)

gcc 4.8 is required. 

>> VFX Reference Platform

Note: 32-bit windows and linux are no longer supported

All platforms require administrator privileges to install.


  • 4 GB required
  • 64bit Operating System required
  • 8 GB or higher and 64bit strongly recommended for fluid simulations


  • Recent generation 
  • 64-bit AMD or Intel processor (requires SSE or higher) 64-bit required 
  • Quad core processor or better recommended
  • Houdini supports MMX and Streaming SIMD (SSE2) where present

Disk Space

  • 2GB required for installation

Input Devices

  • 3 Button mouse required
  • Scroll wheel used where present
  • Wacom tablet recommended for Houdini's brush-based tools

Graphics Cards

A GL3.3 compliant graphics card is required. GL4.0+ is highly recommended.

2GB VRAM or more is required. Less than this can result in display errors such as blank windows. High DPI displays (4K, 5K) or multiple monitors require a minimum of 4GB.

It is VERY important that you install the latest driver for your graphics card. Failing to do so may result in display issues and/or slow performance: 

 - NVidia: 378.66 or higher (don't use 376.xx - you'll have slow performance and crashes)

 - AMD: 17.Q1 or higher

 - Intel or higher.

We don't recommend any specific computer manufacturer. As long as your machine has the recommended RAM, CPU, graphics card, and VRAM, it should be acceptable for use.


  • Minimum resolution: 1024 x 768; Recommended resolution: 1920 x 1200 (widescreen).
  • 2GB VRAM or higher required for dual displays or single displays greater than 1920x1080.
  • 4GB of VRAM (or higher) required for High DPI displays such as 4K and 5K (3840x2160, 5120x2880)
  • Color depth of 32-bit (“true color”) required.
  • We recommend you either select sRGB as your color profile or calibrate your monitor to gamma 2.2.

GPU Acceleration

  • On certain graphics cards, Houdini can use the GPU to dramatically increase the performance and speed of your Pyro FX and Fluid simulations.
  • In order to take advantage of this capability, you'll need a GPU capable of supporting OpenCL. Refer to the Supported Graphics Cards page.
  • The amount of VRAM your GPU has access to will limit the size of simulation that you can run on it. 4GB + is ideal for larger simulations.
  • GPU acceleration currently does NOT make use of multiple OpenCL devices (i.e. two or more graphics cards) but this may change at a future date.

3rd Party Dependencies


  • Sound card and speakers/headset required for audio 
  • Class C network (TCP/IP) recommended for local access licenses
  • Network support required for offline simulation, batch processing and rendering
  • Internet browser required for connection to (Houdini Forum)
  • Video encoder required for creating AVI/QT/etc.