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Qualified Operating Systems

  • Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.9 (Mavericks)
  • Windows 7 64-bit and Windows 8 64-bit
  • CentOS/RHEL 5 and CentOS/RHEL 6 

Other operating systems may work with Nuke, but have not been fully tested. If you have any problems with a particular operating system, please contact

NOTE: NUKE is expected to function correctly under Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9), but we are seeing UI performance degradation compared to previous OS X versions. We are working on resolving these issues.

Hardware Requirements

  • x86-64 processor, such as Intel Core 2 Duo or later
  • 5 GB disk space available for caching and temporary files
  • At least 1 GB RAM
  • Display with at least 1280 x 1024 pixel resolution and 24-bit color
  • Graphics card with at least 512 MB of video memory and driver support for OpenGL 2.0. Tested Graphics Cards for Linux are Quadro K4000 and Quadro K6000

To enable optional GPU acceleration of Viewer processing, you need OpenGL 2.0 with support for floating point textures and GLSL.

Requirements for GPU Acceleration

To take advantage of GPU accleration, you must have:

NOTE: The compute capability is a property of the GPU hardware and can't be altered by a software update.

  • Graphics drivers capable of running CUDA 4.2 or above.
    • On Windows and Linux, CUDA graphics drivers are bundled with regular drivers for your NVIDIA GPU. Drivers from April 2012 onward support CUDA 4.2. Go to for more information.
    • On Mac, the CUDA driver is separate from the NVIDIA graphics driver and must be installed, if you don't have it already. The minimum requirement for CUDA 4.2 is driver version 4.2.5 which can be downloaded from

NOTE: We recommend using the latest graphics drivers, where possible, regardless of operating system.

A note about graphics cards: To avoid graphical problems, such as text disappearing in the Viewer and Node Graph, it is important to keep your graphics card drivers up-to-date. Driver updates can be obtained from the web sites of the graphics card manufacturers.

A note about using R3D Rocket graphics cards in NUKE: You will only experience greater speed using a R3D Rocket graphics card in NUKE when reading at full resolution. If you’re reading at half resolution, using NUKE without the R3D Rocket card enabled may be faster. This is because the R3D Rocket graphics card is designed to be fast when reading in multiple frames at the same time. This is not how NUKE works internally, therefore reading with the R3D Rocket card disabled will sometimes be faster when working in lower resolutions (< 4K widths). The R3D Rocket card will always produce better results when downsampling than NUKE will.