Please follow these steps to install ZBrush on your computer. Whether you are upgrading an existing copy of ZBrush or install­ing it for the first time, these steps are the same.

The screenshots displayed in this document are the ones corresponding to the Windows version, but the Mac OS X installer has exactly the same interface and options.


It is important that when installing and activating ZBrush, you are logged into your computer under an Administrator account.  After activation, any user on the computer will be able to run ZBrush.

Mac OS X Mountain Lion users:  please disable Gatekeeper in your system preferences prior to installing ZBrush.

Note: The screenshots in the documentation may vary slightly from what you can have in your installers or in the activation process. Mainly the ZBrush version or the illustration will vary, but the process remains exactly the same.


On Windows, double click on the downloaded ZBrush installer to launch it. From this point it may take a minute or two for the installer to unpack itself to memory and continue to the next screen.  Please be patient.  You should see a UAC (User Account Control) warning.  Click “Yes” to continue.


Press the “Next” button to continue.

License Agreement

Please read the ZBrush End User License Agreement.  By installing ZBrush, you agree to its rules and conditions.


If you agree, click on the “I accept the agreement” radio button and then press the “Next” button.
If you do not agree, the installation will be cancelled.


Choose your Installation Path

The installer specifies a default path for where ZBrush will be installed.  On Windows, ZBrush will be installed in the C:\Pro­gram Files (x86)\Pixologic folder.   On Mac OS X, it will be installed in Applications.  If you are satisfied with the default location, simply click the “Next” button.

If you wish to install ZBrush to a different location, click the yellow folder icon.  This will allow you to browse your hard drive and select an installation folder of your choice.  When done, press the “Next” button.


Choose the Components to Install

The ZBrush installer lets you choose which items you wish to have installed.  While ZBrush itself will always be installed, you may opt out of the software’s documentation and/or official plugins. All items will be installed by default, but you may uncheck any components that you wish to skip. When done, press the “Next” button.

Note: It is recommended to install all components.  However, if you skip any items now and later decide you would like them you can run the installer again.  Doing so will let you modify your existing ZBrush installation, changing the installed components.


ZBrush is Ready to be Installed

The installer now informs you that it is ready to install ZBrush.
Press “Next” to start the actual installation process.  Be aware that installation may take several minutes.


Install in Progress

The installer performs its tasks.  During this time it will display a slide show of various images created using ZBrush.
After a few minutes, the installer will advance to the next screen automatically.


Community and Support Information

When the installer is done copying its files, creating an uninstaller and other tasks, it will display a page with information re­garding our community.
You will also be invited to create an account at our Support Center website if you have not already done so.  Please be aware that a Support account is required to receive phone or online support for ZBrush.


When ready, press the “Next” button.

Last Step before Launching ZBrush

The installer now displays its final page with options for what you would like to have happen when the installer closes.  You may view the “Read me” files, open the “What’s New Guide” to learn about ZBrush’s new features and of course you may launch ZBrush.

Use the check boxes to select the items you wish to open and then click the “Finish” button. The installer will close and any items that you had selected will be opened.
Note: If you decide to open the “Read me” file, that will be the first item to open.  ZBrush and/or the Documentation will open after closing the “Read me” file.