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We noticed there was a constant income of recurring questions about Apophysis on the group's homepage, so I collected the most common ones and Xyrus-02 kindly answered them for us :).

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  • Where do I get Apophysis? Is it expensive?
    Apophysis is free, open-source software. That means, it does not cost you a cent. In addition, everyone is able to change the software using
    the available source code. This is also why there are different
    versions of Apophysis:
    • Apophysis 2.x
      The "official" or "main" version of Apophysis. You can download it from
    • Apophysis 2.08 3D
      The original Apophysis 3D hack. You can download it from (where you can also get newer beta versions of Apophysis 2.x)
    • Apophysis 7x
      A popular version of Apophysis including all 3D features, better support for Windows Vista and Windows 7 and a big set of new features (such as enhanced coloring mechanisms, flame previews and templates) This is the most recent and most frequently updated version out there. You can get it from =Xyrus02's homepage at
    • Apophysis 2.x JK
      Another popular modification of Apophysis 2.x. It does not contain 3D features but it has an outstanding system to detect missing plugins, a sophisticated way to embed your flames into rendered images and many more features. You can get it from ~Lu-Kout's SourceForge project page
  • Which version of the software is the newest? Which version should I get to make 3d flames?
    The newest version out there is Apophysis 7x. It has also the ability to make 3D flames but may perform poor on older computers. In this case, you should get Apophysis 2.08 3D.
  • How do I install Apophysis?

    • The official version comes with an installer which installs version 2.02. After that, you can download a newer release and place the .exe file in the install directory. If you want to install Apophysis 3D or Apophysis JK, you do it the same way (download the official installer and then place the latest .exe file in the install directory)
    • Apophysis 7x comes with its own installer. Just download it and install it like every other program.

    • Where can I find flamepacks/scripts?
      You can find them here and here.

    • Can I run Apophysis on Mac?
      Officially not. However, the latest versions of each Apophysis variant have been proven to run fine using the free software Wine. However, this software is a bit tough to handle. So if you are not really into this tech stuff, you may want to use a (commercial) simplificating user interface like Crossover. You can also check out this helpful news article .

    • How can I make animations?
      You can either use the script Apophymator or flam3. Please check the corresponding documentations to learn how they work.

  • How do you get a plugin to work?
    For Apophysis 2.x, Apophysis JK and Apophysis 7x, you must create a folder at the install location named "Plugins" and move the downloaded .dll files in there (the .c files are not for end-users but for developers - ignore them if you don't need them)
    For Apophysis 3D, the folder must be named "Plugins3D".
  • Where can I find plugins?
    Plugins can be found here. There are also plugins listed in the Fractal-Resources and Apophysis-Plugins groups on deviantART. The most popular choice is the Aposhack all-in-one plugin pack - but beware! Do not install all plugins at once. Apophysis can only handle a specific amound of plugins at a time depending on the amount of system memory (RAM) you have installed. If you get error messages, remove some plugins and try starting Apophysis again.
  • When I open Apophysis I get an error message "access violation at address [...] in module [...]. Write of address [...]" How can I fix that
    Most likely, you have too many plugins installed. Try removing some first. If that does not work, try resetting your settings:
    1. Click Start/Run or hit Windows+R
    2. Type "regedit" and click OK
    3. In the left area of the now opened window, browse to "HKEY_CURRENT_MACHINESoftware"
    4. If you are using Apophysis 2.x, 3D or JK, delete the item "Apophysis 2.0" by clicking it and pressing "delete" on your keyboard. If you are using Apophysis 7x, delete "Apophysis 7x".
    5. Close the window and try starting Apophysis again

    If nothing of that helps, backup your flames, delete the Apophysis folder (and all settings as shown above) and download and install the most recent version of Apophysis.

  • How do I run a script?
    In Apophysis, click "Script" in the main menu, then "Open...". Select the script file you have downloaded or saved and click "Open" in the dialog. Then just hit "F9" on your keyboard.
  • Is there a tutorial about writing scripts?
    There is a scripting reference manual written by the community. Also, ~datagram wrote an excellent scripting tutorial.

  • How can I render my flame?
    By just hitting Ctrl+R in Apophysis. When you have done that, a window opens where you can adjust settings like image size, render quality and target file. Click "Start" when you are ready and then be patient! :)
  • Why do I get a transparent background?
    You have chosen PNG as the output format. If you do not want transparent backgrounds, click "Options" in the main menu, then "Options" again. On the "General"-tab at "PNG Transparency", check "Disabled" and click OK.
    Alternatively, you can just render as BMP or JPEG (which do not support transparency)
  • Which are the optimal settings for a render? How can I get rid of the grain?
    Usually, setting "Quality" to 4000, "Filter Radius" to 0.7 and "Oversample" to 2 is okay. If you want to render prints, however, consider higher settings. An image size of 1024 in width is okay for web images (to upload on deviantART)
    For prints, calculate the size the following way:
    print_size = web_size * desired_dpi / 96
    So for example, if you want to render a 3000x2000 image at 300 DPI, calculate as following:
    width = 3000 * 300 / 96, height = 2000 * 300 / 96
  • Please also consider high oversamples and qualities for prints. If your image still contains grain, increase the quality again.</li>
  • Can I continue using Apophysis while running a render?
    Yes, if you got a relatively modern PC.
  • How many renders can I run in the same time?
    This depends on your processor (CPU) power. It is not recommended to start three or more render processes at once, however.
  • Can I only render to PNG format?
    No. The format is decided by the file extensions you give in the "target" field. Allthough, only PNG supports transparency.
  • What effect does oversampling actually have on the quality of the image?
    Oversampling effectively smoothes out jagged edges. For example, if you render at oversample = 3, the image is rendered three times the given size, smoothed and then scaled down to the given size.
  • When I try to render there is an error message "List index out of bounds -1". How can I fix that?
    Usually, it is sufficient to restart Apophysis. If that doesn't fix the problem, delete your settings as described above.

  • How can I make a flamepack? How can I save more than one parameter per file?
    Apophysis generally saves flames in .flame files, which are actually collections of fractal flames.
    If you click the "Save" button in the toolbar, a dialog opens. The field on the top is the path of your flamepack. The field on the bottom is the name of the flame within the flamepack.
  • What's the maximum number of transforms I can use for a flame?
    Generally 100. Apophysis 7x, however, has two additional versions: the "lite" version, which allows only 50 transforms to save memory, and the "T500" version, which allows 500 transforms.
  • When I try to load flames/parameters I get a error message saying "Error: no colours in palette". How can I fix that?
  • Your flame is likely corrupted. Apophysis saves a backup whenever it adds or removes a fractal flame into or from a flamepack. Restore the last backup named "(your flame file name).bak".</li>
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YewTree Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2018
Hi, I'm running Apophysis on OpenSuse through Wine.  I am having problems selecting a background color. The drop-down does not activate. The same is true on the Editor tab in Settings none of the color selectors activate.
dreamintothedeep Featured By Owner Edited Dec 29, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've found different plugins on the internet. These are the extensions I've found: .dll, .x86.dll, .x64.dll, _x86.dll, _x64.dll.  The only ones that work for my apophysis are .x86.dll.  I've tried renaming the others, but they won't load when I start apophysis. Where can I locate the correct plugins? I am running Apophysis 7x. I have 2.09 installed, and will try using them on it.  In 2.09, the only way I can seem to get the plugin to show, is if I have an example flame I load. Otherwise it won't load the plugins into the application. This seems counter intuitive. 
margotd1 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
I was having issues around adding plugins to Apophysis 7x and 7x64, initially, because I couldn't add any plugins at all.  Now, for some inexplicable reason, when I open any of my Apo's, there are no plugins at all.  Zero.  Nada.  I can find them all in the folder labelled Plugins in the Apo app folder, but that seems to be the only place they show up.  I have deleted plugins, added them back, sorted through them for only the 64s or 86s, and I've deleted the apps altogether and re-downloaded several times, and still, no plugins in the variations, just the build-in tab.  I am really enjoying playing with this app, but my frustration over plugins is driving me nuts.  Someone else on Deviant tried to help me with adding plugins, but they gave up, as nothing worked.  Any ideas?
lucid-light Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
As far as I know, up until Apophysis 7xB, the 64bit version can't load plugins. Maybe the later updates C and D can do that, so try them out.
fractal2cry Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2017
i use 7x15 and 7x16 both can load plugins
JAMarlow Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I so love Apophysis. None of the other fractal generators can get near the same look. Thank goodness I found Apophysis 7x.15B & C at Sourceforge (lost the original files in a hard drive crash). Now I get to play with fractals again!
Gequibren Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2017  Student General Artist
Thanks for this ! book 

Reporting some broken links :

- The first "here" in the "Is there a beginners tutorial?"
lucid-light Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
As far as I know, Xyrus has dropped all his connections to Apophysis, deleted his websites and DA profile. So that link is broken and dead for good.
Gequibren Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2017  Student General Artist
Yeah I noticed after commenting here, when I saw other previous comments. But thanks anyway !!
un7ucky Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
i tried to load some old .flame collections and it will not let me preview anything. i also cant for the life of me figure out why i can scroll through a new random patch but not the old saved flames. compatibility issues??? i dont think i've ever updated
un7ucky Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
figured it out. i started on windows 7. windows 10 upgrade broke the program, updated and fixed
DeerRaven Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2017
For the life of me there is NO new flame button anywhere on this thing. I've looked through all the menus.

Is there a work around for a blank sheet or am I stuck with all the premade stuff?


Running win7 on a 64bit machine.
lucid-light Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Open the fx editor, in the top menu the first button is "new flame" ;) You can also hit ctrl+n and select blank flame. You can also manually delete triangles in the fx editor and then reset the base triangle. I hope this helps, if you have more questions feel free to ask :hug:
CopaseticDesign Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
got a new laptop .... it refuses to load plugins it runs windows 10. I am NOT anovice apophysis user and all my other pc's even vista ones run the plugins when i drop them. I can't get any extra plugins currently unless i use 7x15b ...any version above that on this machine only the defaults will load. I have deleted and recreated the the plugins folder multiple times and refilled it with the plugins...still wont work on 7x15C. Any ideas would be appreciated.
lucid-light Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Are you running regular 7X15C or the 64bit version (7X64 file)? Because if I recall correctly, 64bit version doesn't load plug-ins, so that could be the culprit. I think Xyrus made it for faster rendering or something but said it won't load plug-ins.
CopaseticDesign Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
regular... i used the restart/rest  file several times...before it finally behaved.
lucid-light Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Glad to hear it's working now, since it looks like the creator of 7X no longer wants to have anything to do with Apo, so no advice from him :/
CopaseticDesign Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
xyrus.... yeah.... i guess he got tired.
lucid-light Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Guessing is the only thing we got left. I understand that maybe he doesn't have time or he got tired of Apo but it would have been nice if he left his DA account activated with some explaination. Sure, he doesn't owe us a thing, it's us who use his version of Apo who owe him a great deal but still. It's weird that he just vanishes without a word or trace of saying why.
RReddVar Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Look like the founder of Apophysis 7x has completely deleted his profile and website from internet. :(
ba8y6irl Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, just recently I saw him leave this group and then bam, profile gone, website gone... etc. :( 
Argothar Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Site is back up - but all the original content is gone.

Wait and see.
Rozrr Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Why have I only got a few fixed variables in my listing. Can I get more? I am trying to use Apo 7X16b 64bit...
reaper1219 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
X-kajinek Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2016


i am using flam4 CUDA as render script. It is fast but it is inaccurate. It crate different picture then the frame is there some way to fix this?  

Tnx for answer.  

paj1943 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi, I need to know in which file stores the settings Apophysis. Someone help me? 
ba8y6irl Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What do you mean by settings? Where to find the settings in the application or where the files for Apophysis are stored? Apo is a stand alone program that runs out of it's own file, wherever you have saved it. 
SpiralSpace Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Apothysis does not install onto my pc in the programs folder. It just opens and then disappears when I close it. How can I install it in the Programs files folder like other programs?
lucid-light Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
You can't install the newer versions of Apophysis like other programs, you just open it and that's it :)
SpiralSpace Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
xun468 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016
Not sure if people are still answering things here, but I'm trying to play with some apophysis scripts. Problem is my versions don't seem to have a scripting option? There is no play button or editor button on the main toolbar where screenshots usually put it, nor is it visible in options.
KisDre Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, because 7x16 is with disabled script function (I dont know why) But in 15D it works well
FunkyRach Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2016
quick question.. mine seems to dark I dont understand why because I am sure it wasnt like this 2 days ago when i was trying some tuts. I even use a brighter gradient but the image in preview and on the big screen is still dark especially fadng out around the edges. Any help would be great Thanks
gavhof Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016  Professional Filmographer
Can someone please help me.  I am trying to render animation using the latest version of apophysis 7x (Apophysis 7x.16 (  however i just can't figure it out.  there is no script in the drop down menu to run  Apophymator.  i can't figure out how to render animation with flam3.  is it possible to render animation with this version of apophysis?????  thanks
cmptrwhz Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
according the the updated comments under apophymator it won't work properly on the newer apophysis that is 2.10.15 or greater
TOXICVADER Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I cant save my FLAMES because I don't have flam.3 renderer. I have been looking EVERYWHERE whit every form of search I can come up with. Please can you send me a download link I want to save my flame. I love fractals you can check my profile if you want. I want a new look but I cant have it if I cant save the flame. Thank you for reading and I wait for your response.

(I hope deviantart notify me when I have a reply.)
aipineyro Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015

Hi, I am trying to render a section of a flame and I get some lines in the final render which are not present in the preview of the flame in Apophysis (see image). I have rendered the complete flame before and the lines were not there either. I am using Apophysis208_3Dhack.exe. Does anyone know what the issue might be and how to solve it? Thanks so much!

T-Projects Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Student Interface Designer
I have downloaded and installed Apophysis 7x in my Windows but it's not rendering properly. Please help. :(
AneiKhaar Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015
My harddrive died recently, long story short, lost the current install of apo64bit I had. All good, downloaded the new one, but I am having problems actually finding any 64bit plugins except the aposhack pluginpack. Especially I am dying to find hypertile in 64bit, I had it before, I used it recently, but now it seems all 64bit plugins dissapeared??? can anyone help me?
goranger Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015
I have Apophysis 7x version 15d 64 bit which has scripts enabled.  I recently downloaded version 16 but this has scripts disabled. What's going on?

On another related matter I have tried installing new plugins to my plugin folder but 15d doesn't seem to recognize them. I have a feeling that plugins have to be specific to the 64 bit version, if so can someone please point me to where I can find them. Thank you.
PinguinsAirLines Featured By Owner May 21, 2015
where can I find Apophysis 7x 15a or b?? Thx
the-wolfrey Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015
is there an active person on this page.  i am having trouble getting any plugins to work and every time I run and install apo 7x I seem to be missing a tone of variations i just need a little help I have been out of the loop for a while and just getting back in the apophysis community.
Esherymack Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you're using version d, I can't help you- I use version C.9. However, in Version C.9, there's a "Plugins" folder right in your Apo install. You just dump any .dll plugins in there.
soozan624 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I have apophysis 7x64 and there is no scripts tab ? did they abolish it?
CopperColour Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
I seem to remember reading that it was removed on a recent version of Apophysis7X.
mandm33 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
I've been trying to figure that out as well1
CopperColour Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
I seem to remember reading that it was removed on a recent version of Apophysis7X.
Deadshades Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015
And me too. It must be a version thing but it is extremely annoying that there is no info about it anywhere.
CopperColour Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
I seem to remember reading that it was removed on a recent version of Apophysis7X.
UnderlandDigital Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'm sorry if this is a stupid question but: I downloaded Apophysis 7x. How do I install it? You say it's like any other program but all that happens when I click on Apophysis7x64 is that a bar fills up and the program opens. But it's nowhere in my computer. If I want to re-open it I have to click on the same file again. Is this how it works? :)
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