• Most plugins come as a simple zip file, which contains everything the plugin needs.
  • All you need to do, is extract the zip file to your plugins folder, and restart Cinema4D.

New for R20:

  •  R20 has a new feature which allows you to place a plugins folder anywhere. If you don't already have a plugins folder, simply make a "plugins" folder yourself, in your Cinema4d install folder (can be anywhere with R20). You then add that plugin folder to your Cinema4d preferences/plugins list.  
  • in all versions pre R20, it is enough to extract the plugin to the plugins folder which is already present in your Cinema4d folder.

On a MAC?

  • Extract the zip using a decent zip tool, The latest versions of Mac Apple decided to quarantine extracted zip content for you inconvenience.
  • If you copy past the folder contents, make sure you are not copying a link, but are really copying the files properly to the destination folder.
  • Use any third part extractor to extract zip files. The system extractor can cause problems that will drive you nuts.

Some important things to remember:

  • In some cases you might need to extract a plugin to your user/plugins folder. This is apparently Maxons preferred plugin location now.You can find the user plugins folder by navigating to
  • your preferences and in the bottom left corner of that prefs dialog, there is a button to show your C4D user folder in explorer (or finder)
  • on Mac it is now recommended, that you install plugins in prefs/plugins as apposed to app/plugins.
  • Cineware (C4DLite) does not support plugins !

Worth mentioning:

  • On Win10, you should probably start using something like 7Zip to extract files. The system extractor can cause problems that will drive you nuts.
  • On a Mac, make sure safari is not unpacking files when you download them. This can result in safari quarantining plugin files, which will drive you nuts. There is a safari setting to change this behavior. you do not want to unpack trusted files on download.