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The Persistence of Vision Raytracer is a high-quality, Free Software tool for creating stunning three-dimensional graphics. The source code is available for those wanting to do their own ports.

Interactive Usage

After connecting to iceberg (see Establishing a SSH connection), start an interactive session with the qsh or qrsh command. The latest version of povray (currently 3.7) is made available with the command

module load apps/gcc/5.2/povray

Alternatively, you can load a specific version with

module load apps/gcc/5.2/povray/3.7

This command makes the povray binary available to your session. It also loads version 5.2 of the gcc compiler environment since gcc 5.2 was used to compile povray 3.7.

You can now run povray. For example, to confirm the version loaded

povray --version

and to get help

povray --help


Once you have made povray available to the system using the module command above, you can read the man pages by typing

man povray

Installation notes

povray 3.7.0 was installed using gcc 5.2 using the following script


The test suite was executed

make check

All tests passed.


  • The module file is on the system at /usr/local/modulefiles/apps/gcc/5.2/povray/3.7
  • The module file is on github.