Bongo: 32-bit and 64-bit Bongo

Did you install Bongo but it doesn’t show up inside Rhino 5?

If the installer finished without any errors, the most likely reason is that you’re using the “wrong” version of Bongo compared to the version of Rhino 5 you’re using. Meaning you’ve installed the 64-bit of Bongo 2.0 and you’re using the 32-bit version of Rhino 5.

What does that mean? How can I fix it?

When you install Rhino 5 on a 64-bit machine, it will automatically install the 32-bit and the 64-bit version of Rhino 5. The shortcuts to the different Rhino 5 versions should say Rhinoceros 5 and Rhinoceros 5 (64-bit). The version can also be seen in the splash screen that comes up when Rhino is starting.

Rhino 5 Splash Screen

When you go to the Bongo download page, Bongo will automatically detect if you’re using a 64-bit or a 32-bit machine and offer the installer based on your operative system. If you’re having a 64-bit system and you’re using 32-bit Rhino 5, you’ll download and install the “wrong” version of Bongo. Bongo will install fine, because the 64-bit version is installed, but it won’t show up inside 32-bit Rhino 5.

The solution
To fix this you have to either download the 32-bit version of Bongo 2.0, you can find instructions here, or use the 64-bit version of Rhino 5.