Relink Bitmaps

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Colin Senner


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+)

 This tool is available to the community for free, but I kindly request if you see the value in time this tool saves you, that you donate whatever you can to help me pay off student loans. Every donation helps immensely. I do however understand that we’re all kind of in tough times and I understand if you aren’t able to donate immediately at this time. To donate simply click the “Donate!” button on the script. I am suggesting $4.99 for an individual, but whatever you can spare will insure the future development of this script and updates. 

If you can't donate now, I hope it saves you time and headaches.

Be well everyone,
- Colin 


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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colinsenner's picture

Sure, as soon as I figure out

Sure, as soon as I figure out what Corona is. The beer? :)

cecofuli's picture

Support for Corona

Hello Colin, can you add the support for Corona stuff? Thanks ;-)

roamn's picture

Does this script support

Does this script support renaming the texture name both in 3ds max and in windows/HDD, e.g. simple.jpg to redgreenyellow.jpg both in 3ds max but also in windows? I need to rename the textures files. is it possibůle

colinsenner's picture

I will check this and let you

I will check this and let you know, send me an email at colin(period)senner(at)

weisk's picture

"Ignore Extensions" not working

I am trying to relink all the bitmaps in a scene, replacing jpgs with png. I see you have said that this is what "ignore extensions" is for, but it does not appear to be working for me. I can relink jpg back to jpg, but not to png (of the same name).

I am using 3ds Max 2014 x64.


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themaxxer's picture

hm... that's a problem. but

hm... that's a problem.
but the models has the "old" paths to the texture, e.g "map1_DIF.jpg". if the map is renamed to "model_map1_DIF.jpg" we need a input field for the wildcard in this example "#model_" as prefix. so relink script has to relink all maps with this prefix, if there is another model with maps without this prefix it's ignored. doesn't that work? you can then restart the script for all other maps...

would be great to have something like that.

best regards

colinsenner's picture

Good idea

I'm pretty sure this is possible. But how would it distinguish between texture-brick-diffuse.jpg and the bump version? As for the editable path there is an easy way. Press ... And paste any path in the bottom edit text field.

themaxxer's picture

is it possible to make the

is it possible to make the search field writable directly?
if so you could copy paste paths directly into it.

don't forget my post before this. :)


themaxxer's picture

hello colin would it be

hello colin

would it be possible to include a "search and rename with wildcard prefix"
I reorganize my models and sometimes a have to rename the textures, then no script is helping to remapping the maps, because the map name doesn't match anymore.

usually I rename the maps with some prefix like the model name e.g. model_01_map_jpg
is it possible to implement a search string as wildcard for remapping such files?

thanks for your effort.

best regards

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