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Authoring Rhino Installer Files

Creating your first installer

  1. Compile your plug-in.
  2. Add your plug-in to a Zip archive.
  3. Change the extension from .ZIP to .RHI (Rhino Installer Package).

That's all there is to it! Run your RHI to install it.

A more complex plug-in


  • Install an older version of the plug-in for Rhino 4.0
  • Install a new version of the plug-in for 32-bit Rhino 5
  • Install a plug-in for 64-bit Rhino 5
  • Include a “MyToolbar.rhp” custom toolbar file

Organize the files

  1. Create a “Installer Image” folder (In this example, the folder is the name of the product: Marmoset.) This folder will contain only the files you want to install on the user's system.
  Rhino 4.0\
  Rhino 5.0\

Create the RHI file

  1. Copy the appropriate files into the folders. Note that all three versions of the plug-in can have the same name, so long as they are in different folders.
  2. Compress the three files using zip compression (currently other compression algorithms are not supported).
  3. Change the extension from .zip to .rhi

Everything but the kitchen sink

Because the Rhino Plug-in Installer Engine unzips your .rhi file into a directory specific to your plug-in, you can include anything you want: help files, documentation, etc. But you can only install things inside your own plug-in directory. So long as your .rhi file contains sub folders, everything will install correctly.

Running the installer

  1. Double-click the .rhi file
  2. Follow the steps in the Rhino Installation Wizard to install the plug-in.
developer/rhinoinstallerengine/authoring.txt · Last modified: 2020/08/14 (external edit)