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LYNX Free & OpenSource VFX Pipeline Tools


LYNX VFX Pipeline Tools are a collection of production proven open source tools to accelerate your workflows!

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Getting Started

After downloading the tools (see the Installation Guide below), visit my Blog and my Vimeo Page for tutorials and feature explanations.

To access the example files used in the tutorial videos, see the "examples" folder.

All Houdini Assets have complete Houdini native documentation available.

Houdini Tools

Tools Supported Houdini Versions Features
LYNX_force_general 17.5 * Tweak your sims with this all purpose & intuitive force field.
LYNX_fabric 17.0 and newer Create fabric/weave patterns with ease.
LYNX_velocity 17.0 and newer Get control of your velocities via an intuitive UI or groom them for absolute fine tuned control.

Note: While using it in older versions is possible, full feature support may be limited.

Installation Guide:

Step 1/2 | Download LYNX

Option 1 (For Git Users): Navigate to the folder you want to contain LYNX, and from your terminal git clone

Option 2 (For Non-Git Users): Download the desired release directly from the releases page and extract it to your hard drive or network share.

Step 2/2 | Configuring Your Environment

You have to edit files in the following location depending on your operating system:

  • Windows: C:\Users\YourUserNameHere\Documents\houdini17.5
  • Linux: $HOME/houdini17.5
  • Mac: $HOME/Library/Preferences/houdini/houdini17.5

Option 1 (17.5 and newer): Add a folder called "packages" and place the LYNX.json file into that folder. The LYNX.json file can be found in your downloaded LYNX package under HOUDINI/HSITE/packages/LYNX.json. Then edit LYNX.json and change the "path" variable to match the install path. The folder you point to should be the one that contains "otls" and "examples".

Option 2: Edit your houdini.env file and create a variable called LYNX that points to the new folder you just extracted LYNX to. The folder you point to should be the one that contains "otls" and "examples". Then add it $LYNX to your HOUDINI_PATH:

HOUDINI_PATH= $HOUDINI_PATH;$LYNX;$OtherLibrary_A;$OtherLibrary_B;&

Note: On Linux and OSX, use : instead of ; to separate your paths. Also make sure that HOUDINI_PATH always ends in ;& so that Houdini's internal operators are loaded correctly.

Alternative Installation | Quick Install

If you just want to get the tools to try them out, the quickest way is to just drop all the folders in the LYNX/HOUDINI/HSITE/otls folder into your /otls folder in the above described preferences location.


This software is provided AS-IS, with absolutely no warranty of any kind, express or otherwise. We disclaim any liability for damages resulting from using this software.

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