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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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.

grasshopper's picture


hats off. Thanks for quick response

colinsenner's picture

Yeah it is. It's saved in an

Yeah it is. It's saved in an .ini file (which I believe is called "Relink Bitmaps.ini". It's in your user folder, open max, goto "MaxScript->Listener", and type "getdir #userscripts", and hit Shift+Enter, paste the path it gives you into explorer and it's in a directory called Relink Bitmaps. Cheers.


grasshopper's picture

Edit Saved Path List

Hi Colin, Fantastic script. Saves so much time.

Is it possible to edit the saved path list with a text editor? I have over 50 paths and every time I update max I need to input them on a number of PC's. It would also be handy to be able to reorder them so I can move the most commonly used ones to the top. Thanks again! :)

colinsenner's picture

Great find. I didn't even

Great find. I didn't even know those existed. For the moment Relink Bitmaps will consider maps if they're in the material editor, so that doesn't need to be changed. I have not currently added support for material libraries and I'll look into the best way to go about this. Thank you.


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