Getting Started

Get KeyShot Network Rendering

You can download the latest version of KeyShot Network Rendering here.


The master requires a valid Network Rendering license, but computers functioning as slaves and/or clients do not. Clients that send jobs to Network Rendering will need a valid KeyShot license. Learn more about setting up the License on the Master.


Network Rendering must be installed on all the computers you want to use either as Master, Slaves, or Clients.

When you install Network Rendering on your computer you effectively install the following applications:  

  1. KeyShot Network Configurator: Here you set up the roles of the current computer.
  2. Master service*: Handles all jobs and assigns tasks to the available slaves.
  3. Slave service*: Renders the tasks (regions or frames) assigned by the master.
  4. KeyShot Network Monitor: Displays the job and slave status, and facilitates sending jobs from KeyShot to KeyShot Network Rendering.
  5. KeyShot Network Slave Tray: Enables users to visually control how many cores a local slave is allowed to use.

*Although the slave and master services are installed on your computer, you still need to “turn them on” inside the KeyShot Network Configurator application. When enabled, the master and slave services run in the background.

KeyShot Network Configurator

The first time you launch Network Configurator upon installation you will meet the Configuration Wizard. This will guide you through the configuration of your machine as a Master and/or as a Slave - or simply as a Client by selecting Monitor only.

You can always edit the setup at a later stage, just open the Network Configurator. Now you can re-launch the wizard or make your edits directly.

The following pages in this section will describe the configuration of Master, slaves and clients.


Please note that it is recommended to only have one computer in your network configured as the master, especially if using master auto-detection.

KeyShot Network Monitor

After configuring your services, KeyShot Network Monitor enables you to connect your client computers to the master. It gives you an overview of all jobs in a queue, and gives you access to all the Monitor features.

KeyShot Network Slave Tray

If your computer is configured as a slave you will see the KeyShot Network Slave tray widget on your task bar (PC) or menu bar (Mac) - but only if not disabled in the Configurator. Its function is to set the number of cores that the slave service utilizes for rendering jobs.