Relink Bitmaps

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Colin Senner

Relink Bitmaps is a script to easily relink all missing files (Bitmaps, VRayMeshes, Mental Ray Proxies, VRayHDRI, IES, etc) when they change directories or when you move computers, check out the short video tutorial below for more detailed information.

Unlike some other scripts of its kind, this is free!  There is a small donation link within the script if you choose to donate, I will remove the nag.  It is a simple licensing system, that does not force you to transfer network cards or be connected to the internet and will work with all versions of Max that are supported by the script.  If you choose to donate I'll be more than happy to license multiple computers as well.


[*] All 3dsmax supported Bitmap Texture types
[*] (new) Relinks Mental Ray Proxy files
[*] (new) Relinks VRay Proxies (.vrmesh)
[*] (new) Relinks VRayHDRI files
[*] (new) Relinks IES files (including VRayIES files)
[*] (new) Automatically checks for script updates and new versions
[*] 250% speed increase from previous versions
[*] Command-line mode available for automating repetative tasks (see documentation on the website)
[*] Configurable default user options saving button clicks and wasted time

Relink Bitmaps webpage:

Supported Max versions: Max 2018+
(Older versions should work, but are not supported moving forward)



Additional Info: 

(Watch the video for more detailed instructions for usage)

1. Run the .mzp file (Self-installing file)

2. In Max goto "Customize -> Customize User Interface -> Toolbars tab -> Category: ColinScripts->Relink Bitmaps" and drag "Relink Bitmaps" to a toolbar, click to run.

Version Requirement: 
Max 2018+
Video URL: 


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Oldskoolflash's picture

View map in viewport

Hi Colin, this script is great but I have found it disables the view map in viewport function. I have to copy a blank slot into the diffuse slot, and then add the bitmap again. It then views as normal in the viewport. Clicking reload has no effect. Have you run in to this problem before?

I am using Max 2010 Design with a Quadro FX 1700.

colinsenner's picture

Thanks for the

Thanks for the donation.

Please send your request code to:

[email protected]

instead of the listed one which is currently down.


haadolfo's picture

Thanks for the video "Missing External Files"

One would think 3ds Max would do a better job for Missing External Files.
Newbie. Frustrated.

We donated to you through PayPal. Thanks.


jinj's picture

thank you for the

thank you for the explanation... but I know about and I find it good for the job.

but for example if you work with a indigo scene or maxwell render one... you also need some special text files, like *.nk that contains all ior data to build directly a real material like platin without to edit it in a way.

I tried with an imported max setted scene for maxwell from another machine... and it obviously replace all maps.... but it don't look for such files that are to be loaded from a slot in the material editor. like for example a *.mxm file that is a maxwell material file.

it would be cool if your good tool could recognize all kind of files in the material editor or in the scene.... and relink them.
for example if the ior/r2/mxm file is missing.... maxwell after parsing the scene stop.... without to start rendering

thank you any way

colinsenner's picture

The tool

It just finds maps that are currently missing in the scene regardless of the extension.

For instance: if you are working on a portable harddrive and your maps are on "K:\Textures\Maps\" and then you switch to a computer without a K: drive, your maps will be missing and 3dsmax will prompt you to find them. If you just point Relink Bitmaps at the new directory they're all in, it'll fix them all for you.


jinj's picture

can it also look for *.nk,


thank you for fast feedback ;)

well I've installed and checked ;) *.nk, *.ior, *.r2, etc. all special files they are not recognized by the tool.

is there a way to add them?
If this could be possible that would be awesome.. cause it's very annoing to look for them each time. the files are primarely text file with a custum extension.


colinsenner's picture


It's compatible with any renderer. It just relinks your bitmap files to the correct path. It doesn't care what materials they're assigned to.


jinj's picture

Hi, cool script... one


cool script... one question... is it compatible with other renderers like maxwell or indigo?
or materials classes are needed to be work?


colinsenner's picture


Great wishlist additions. I'll see what I have time for with this next update!

Thanks Crystal3d,

colinsenner's picture

Gaffer61, Recently old

Recently old email was deleted without my knowing it so I put big text on my site letting users know the new email I'll be using. This has affected some users, and I apologize for the inconvenience. Please send license request emails to [email protected] instead of the listed email. I'll be updating Relink Bitmaps in a week or so to fix the email problem and implement some users wishlists. Be on the lookout!

Thank you and sorry about that,

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