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Latest Version API Documentation

This is a physically based, CPU-only rendering engine written in Rust. It uses path tracing to generate realistic images of 3D scenes.

Demo renders Demo video


  • Simple declarative API, 100% Safe Rust
  • Supports .OBJ, .MTL, and .STL file formats
  • Uses unbiased path tracing for physically-based light transport
  • Uses a microfacet BSDF model with multiple importance sampling
  • Uses kd-trees to accelerate ray intersections
  • Supports direct light sampling and emissive materials
  • Supports HDRI environment maps
  • Supports depth of field
  • Supports iterative rendering, variance estimation, and firefly reduction
  • Supports physics simulation with numerical integrators and particle systems
  • Uses all CPU cores concurrently, scaling linearly up to 96 cores


First, clone the repository. The library containing path tracing code is located inside src/. Example code and scenes are located in examples/. To compile and run examples/basic.rs, use the command:

cargo run --example basic

To run tests, use:

cargo test

Library Usage

To use rpt as a library, add the following to your Cargo.toml:

rpt = "0.2"

Here's a simple scene that demonstrates the basics of the API.

use rpt::*;

fn main() {
    let mut scene = Scene::new();

    scene.add(Object::new(sphere())); // default red material
        Object::new(plane(glm::vec3(0.0, 1.0, 0.0), -1.0))
                .scale(&glm::vec3(2.0, 2.0, 2.0))
                .translate(&glm::vec3(0.0, 12.0, 0.0)),
        .material(Material::light(hex_color(0xFFFFFF), 40.0)),

    let camera = Camera::look_at(
        glm::vec3(-2.5, 4.0, 6.5),
        glm::vec3(0.0, -0.25, 0.0),
        glm::vec3(0.0, 1.0, 0.0),

    Renderer::new(&scene, camera)

Example output

This code can also be found in examples/sphere.rs. Note that the shadow is correctly tinted red due to global illumination. See the detailed API documentation for information about all of the features, and feel free to learn from the other examples!



Dragon Cornell box Pegasus Lego plane Fractal spheres Rustacean Wine glass Spheres


This project was built by Eric Zhang and Alexander Morozov. We'd like to thank Justin Solomon, Yuanming Hu, Lingxiao Li, and Dmitriy Smirnov for teaching an excellent computer graphics class at MIT.

Some of the examples use free 3D models and image assets available on the Internet. Links are provided in comments in the source code, where used.


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