Relink Bitmaps

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Colin Senner

 2.11 Changelog:

  • Fixed bug where Relink Bitmaps wouldn't launch
  • Fixed bug with 'Search Max File Path' option
  • Resizable missing bitmaps window (finally)

2.10 Changelog:

  • Added support for FStorm Render - Bitmaps/Lights/Proxies, thanks to Nikita Gushchin!
  • Fixed the "$directory not recognized" error
  • [NEW] Option to automatically search the Max scene directory

2.09 Changelog:

  • CoronaBitmap / CoronaProxy / CoronaLight support added (this didn't get added to 2.08 even though I meant it to).
  • Changed the functionality of the read-only browse (because I didn't like how I did it last verison)
  • Fixed the stupid error with the "RemindMe=" bug that users experienced when they pressed "Remind Me in a week"
  • Octane render is still impossible for me to support at the moment, they handled filenames strangely.  Contact them if you want support added, my forum name on their forums is colinsenner.

2.08 Changelog:

  • Corona Render fully supported
  • Browse buttons are Read-only share friendly
  • Attempted to support Octane Render, but the way they are exposing their custom map types like Image_Texture are not in line with any other plugin I’ve seen, if you want Octane support, it’d be best to contact them on their forums or email directly to help me resolve the issue, they were unhelpful when I attempted to contact them to resolve this.  My forum name on Octane forums is colinsenner.

2.07 Changelog:

  • Point Cache files are now supported
  • Fixed ‘directory not recognized: $’ error
  • Long overdue change to the way missing bitmaps are displayed, they are now displayed filename first, as requested by 100s of you.  Sorry this took so long.

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


 This script will also automatically check for more recent versions of itself if you are connected to the internet and will let display the changelog so you can see what new features were added. 


Relink Bitmaps webpage:

Supported Max versions (32-bit and 64-bit): Max 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, Max 9 (service pack 1+)



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: 
3dsmax 9 (service pack 1+) - 3dsmax 2017
Video URL: 


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trick's picture

Collin, Almost right ;) Just


Almost right ;)
Just a button with option to copy all assets to a directory and an "optional" option to relink these assets internally to this new location. Automatic relinking to the new location is not always required.

colinsenner's picture

All the more reason to get

All the more reason to get it done :). What is your ideal? A "Resource Collect" button, where you click it and then pick a directory to save everything to? Or am I missing something?

trick's picture

Colin, Once I can use your


Once I can use your script to collect/relink everything that is reported by the Max Tracking utility, I will gladly diminish your student loan ;)

colinsenner's picture

VERSION 2.0 IS OUT! Finally,

VERSION 2.0 IS OUT! Finally, now hongxu will stop bugging me about VRayMeshes and hopefully Britt won't find any more bugs!


colinsenner's picture

thanks Trick, I just

thanks Trick, I just finished a complete rewrite of Relink Bitmaps, now version 2.0 (posted above). I'll update version 2.0 with support for that. 2.0 will automatically notify you if there is a newer version available!

Best wishes and thank you for your kind words,

trick's picture

Nice utility ! However I

Nice utility !

However I really miss the possibility to use it as a resource collector as you can do with the Max utility. I mostly want ALL my assets collected in one location so I can easily back things up or send it to an external renderfarm. The Max tool still does not support VRMesh (also those linked in VRayScatter and Groundwiz), VRayHDRI's, etc.

colinsenner's picture

You can run the 2010 version

You can run the 2010 version of the script in 2009 with no problems at all! I'm posting version 2.0 here and on my website later today (at the latest early tomorrow), I'll update the links for "Download Relink Bitmaps" when it's posted, the page exists though, I'm currently finalizing it, we'll get this sorted out.

check it at:

kutsanan's picture

i dont have 2010 but i tried

i dont have 2010 but i tried latest version in 2009 but same problem. there is no error message so i cant help about it :( i ll add some images soon...

colinsenner's picture

hrm, I don't have windows 7

hrm, I don't have windows 7 installed, so I don't know. I've posted the 2010 version, which works well with 2009, try using it. Let me know, also I'm releasing v2.0 in the next few days. Try 2010 for the moment. Watch here for the new version.


kutsanan's picture

Hello thanks for great


thanks for great script its very useful for my projects. but i havae problem about win7+3ds max 2009 64 bit... before windows 7 i was using 1.15 version normally but when i install on windows 7 i cant use the script when i hit the "relink" button max crashes... any solution for it? i ll add some images soon...

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