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NUKE system requirements

Qualified operating systems

  • Windows 7 or Windows 8 (64-bit only)
  • Mac® OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or 10.10 (Yosemite)
  • CentOS/Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 or 6 (64-bit only)

Other operating systems may work with NUKE, but have not been fully tested. If you have any problems with a particular operating system, contact the Support team.

Windows 10 is currently unsupported. Our QA and Development teams are in the process of reviewing Windows 10 support and we will update the system requirements as soon as it is qualified.

There is a bug with our FLEXlm licensing which prevents NUKE running on the new Mac Pros if Thunderbolt devices are connected to the machine. We are currently in the process of transitioning all NUKE licensing to RLM to remove this issue. If you would like to transition your licenses to RLM, contact

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 8 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 acceleration, you must have:

  • On Windows and Linux, an NVIDIA GPU with compute capability 2.0 (Fermi) or above. A list of the compute capabilities of NVIDIA GPUs is available on NVIDIA’s CUDA web page.
  • On Mac OS X, an AMD FirePro GPU on late 2013 Mac Pros 6,1, running OS X 10.9.3 (Mavericks), or later.

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. More information can be found on NVIDIA’s Driver Downloads web page.
    • 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.

Late 2013 Mac Pros only

NUKE 10.0 supports GPU-enabled nodes on the late 2013 Mac Pros 6,1 (running OS X 10.9.3 'Mavericks', or later and with an AMD FirePro GPU), including a new Enable multi-GPU support option. When enabled in the preferences, GPU processing is shared between the available GPUs for extra processing speed.

NOTE: To ensure you get the best performance from OpenCL GPUs on late 2013 Mac Pros 6,1, we recommend updating to Mac OS X 10.9.5 or above for full functionality.


  • If you're running an earlier version of Mac OS X than 10.9.5 and processing images greater than 4 megapixels resolution, VectorGenerator, Kronos, and MotionBlur do not support GPU acceleration.
  • If you're running an earlier version of Mac OS X than 10.9.4, Kronos and MotionBlur do not support GPU acceleration.

NUKE STUDIO 4K certified machines

As part of the NUKE 10 release The Foundry are in the process of certifying certain hardware configurations to guarantee 4K real-time playback in NUKE STUDIO 10. We’ll update this web page as soon as we have the specifications.