Start Rhino with different sets of options on the same computer (Windows only)
Basically, Rhino Schemes are just different sets of personalized options that can be called from a specific desktop shortcut. Pretty much everything in the Options section of Rhino can be stored in a scheme. In this way, Rhino can be started with different combinations of workspaces (*.rui/*.rhw files), languages, colors, etc., just by starting Rhino from the appropriate desktop shortcut. The schemes exist independently of each other, and can be modified.
By default, one scheme is always created (Default), and any modifications will automatically get saved to that. To have more than one scheme, you must specifically create new ones. This page explains how to do that.
A newly created scheme will always start with the default set of options (as if Rhino was freshly installed). If you want to duplicate an existing modified scheme, there isn't yet a direct, one-button way to do that, but as of V6 it's pretty simple, instructions further down on this page. Those instructions also apply to copying settings from one installation to another.
You first need to create a new shortcut which points to your new Rhino scheme. I find that Windows sometimes mixes up copied and modified shortcuts if you simply copy them in place directly on the desktop, so I suggest the following method:
Edit your copied shortcut to create a new scheme:
1. Right-click on the copied icon. From the menu, click Properties.
2. On the General Tab, edit the name: Rename it to something that will identify the scheme with which you are starting Rhino.
3. On the Shortcut tab, edit the Target path. Add a switch for the new scheme:
(The example path below is for Windows 10/11, Rhino 7.0. Others are similar.)
“C:\Program Files\Rhino 7\System\Rhino.exe” /Scheme=MyNewScheme
– Make sure there is a single space before the /Scheme=…
4. The new scheme should start from this shortcut with a new set of default Rhino settings that you can change without affecting the original Rhino scheme. Change the options to what you want while in this instance of Rhino. These changes are automatically saved under the new scheme.
This topic has been updated to Rhino V6 and later !
As of V6, Rhino options and various other settings are stored in an .xml file the settings folder located in C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\McNeel\Rhinoceros\<version number>. The default scheme's file for example is called
Creating a new scheme called “MyNewScheme” will create a new file in the same folder with the name
This has made duplicating schemes (within the same version) relatively simple. When you make a new scheme, the new file as outlined above will automatically be created. All you need to do is make a copy of the settings file from the scheme you want to duplicate and rename it with the name of the new scheme, replacing the old one. All the options from the duplicated scheme will then be applied.
Note that this can also be applied for duplicating Rhino options from one computer to another. Simply copy over the settings file from the first computer and replace the original on the second.
Last edit 12.09.23 by MSH/Helvetosaur