System Requirements for Rhino 5

Rhino runs on ordinary Windows and Mac desktop and laptop computers with:

Rhino 5 for Windows


  • 8 GB memory (RAM) or more is recommended.
  • Internet connection for installation and validation.
  • 600 MB disk space.
  • OpenGL 2 capable video card recommended.
  • No more than 63 CPU Cores.
  • Multiple-button mouse with scroll wheel is recommended.
  • The SpaceNavigator is supported.

  • Apple hardware is supported with Bootcamp.

Operating Systems

  • Windows 10, 8.1

Unsupported Operating Systems

  • Windows 11 (Rhino 5 was written before Windows 11 was released, and is not supported. Please use Rhino 7 instead.)

Previously Supported Operating Systems

Rhino 5 ran on these, but they are no longer supported by Microsoft, so McNeel cannot support Rhino running on them.

  • Windows 8, 7, Vista, Windows XP (32-bit only) Service Pack 3

NOTE: Both 32- and 64-bit versions are installed on 64-bit Windows systems.

Rhino 5 for Mac


  • Apple Mac (Intel only. Apple Silicon is not supported.)
  • 8 GB memory (RAM) or more is recommended.
  • 2 GB disk space.
  • NVIDIA or AMD graphics processor is recommended.
  • Multiple-button mouse with scroll wheel is recommended.
  • The SpaceNavigator and SpaceMouse Wireless are supported.
  • Digitizers (Faro, Microscribe) are NOT SUPPORTED.

Unsupported Operating Systems

  • macOS 11 (Big Sur) and newer
  • macOS 10.14.6 (Mojave)
  • macOS 10.13.6 (High Sierra)

Limited Support for

  • macOS 10.12.6 (Sierra)
  • OS X 10.11.6 (El Capitan) or better is required for Grasshopper for Mac beta
  • OS X 10.10.5 (Yosemite)
  • OS X 10.9.5 (Mavericks)
  • OS X 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion)

Internet Connection for

  • Downloading and installation.
  • License validation.
  • Rhino account for technical support on the forum.

User Recommendations

Since we can’t test every possible hardware combination, you can get hardware recommendations from other users here…

Not Supported

  • Linux
  • macOS 11 (Big Sur) and newer
  • Windows NT, 95, 98, ME, or 2000
  • Windows XP 64-bit
  • Virtualization systems on OS X such as VMWare and Parallels
  • OS X 10.9.4 (and earlier versions of Mavericks), OS X 10.8.4 (and earlier versions of Mountain Lion)
  • Apple Silicon M1 and later

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