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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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

colinsenner's picture

Yeah Maxxer. I've looked for

Yeah Maxxer. I've looked for this ability in 3dsmax available through maxscript, but it's not exposed to scripting. BUT! There is good news. Max2014 automatically handles this completely, so when you switch, it'll already be taken care of.

themaxxer's picture

is this possible to implement?

hi colin

I use your script every day and I have a question for more features.
is it possible to implement the option for gamma? because the script have to relink the maps I thought it could be possible to change also the gamma on the fly.

here is the option of max...

because some evermotion maps are set to "use image's own gamma" and that's not good!!!!


colinsenner's picture

Just tested with 2014 and I

Just tested with 2014 and I had no problems creating a vrmesh of a teapot, changing the link, and relinking with Relink Bitmaps and had no problem.

colinsenner's picture


Let me download 2014 real quick and try it out. I'll let you know.


mm1970's picture

Max 2014 vray proxies

Hi Colin,
I love your script and use it for years. Thank you! Since I've jumped to Max 2014 the script can't find missing vrmeshes. I use 2.05 of course. Do you plan any update? That would be extremely necessary. Cheers!

miamiboi08's picture

Need more help!!! Very frustrasted!!!

I tried to take a look and I didn't see that there. I would be willing to do a screen sharing if you could really please help me. This has screwed up everything and I cannot continue without a fix. Could you please help me fix this. I'll give you my personal email: [email protected] Please contact me ASAP.

colinsenner's picture

I recognize those bitmaps as

I recognize those bitmaps as the default Mental ray materials that are loaded in the material editor. If you switch your UI to a standard/vray ui setup via

Customize->Custom UI and Defaults Switcher

You can get rid of those pesky maps.


miamiboi08's picture

Need help!!!!

I have tried this script and followed the instructions and im still having issues. I still keep getting that error "missing map files". Could someone please help me.

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colinsenner's picture

Very welcome.

Very welcome.

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