OpenVDB is an Academy Award-winning open-source C++ library comprising a novel hierarchical data structure and a suite of tools for the efficient storage and manipulation of sparse volumetric data discretized on three-dimensional grids. It was developed by DreamWorks Animation for use in volumetric applications typically encountered in feature film production and is now maintained by the Academy Software Foundation (ASWF).


September 30, 2019

OpenVDB 6.2.1 is now available to download.

This is a patch release that addresses an IO bug in 6.2.0 most commonly encountered when writing point data grids in Houdini.

See the release notes for a complete list of changes.

September 18, 2019

OpenVDB 6.2.0 is now available to download.

This is primarily a maintenance release, featuring a number of performance enhancements and bug fixes as well as improvements to the CMake build system and to the Houdini library.

See the release notes for a complete list of changes.

May 8, 2019

OpenVDB 6.1.0 is now available to download.

Highlights of this release:

  • a significantly expanded and improved CMake build system
  • new build process and build dependency documentation
  • point data grid performance improvements
  • improvements and bug fixes to the Houdini toolkit
  • I/O and metadata support for point data grids in the Python module.

See the release notes for a complete list of changes.

Note that as of this release, Houdini versions 16.0 and older are no longer supported.

March 8, 2019

OpenVDB 6.0.0 is now available to download.

This is a relatively small release, but it includes some ABI changes to improve the performance of point data grids. See the release notes for a complete list of changes.

December 13, 2018

OpenVDB has been recognized with a Lumiere Award by the Advanced Imaging Society.

October 23, 2018

OpenVDB is the first project to be hosted by the recently launched Academy Software Foundation. The ASWF will maintain and further develop the project with oversight provided by a Technical Steering Committee (TSC). Developers interested in learning more or contributing to OpenVDB can sign up to join the mailing list at www.aswf.io/community.

Note that the OpenVDB GitHub repository is now hosted by the ASWF at github.com/AcademySoftwareFoundation/openvdb. Links to the old repository at dreamworksanimation/openvdb will automatically redirect, but consider updating your local clones with a command like “git remote set-url origin https://github.com/AcademySoftwareFoundation/openvdb.git”.