Technical Requirements

This page lists system requirements and hardware compatibility information.

Supported Operating Systems

Operating SystemMinimumRecommended
  • Version : Windows 8 (64bit)
  • Memory : 4GB RAM
  • Graphics : 2GB VRAM
  • Version : Windows 10 (64bit)
  • Memory : 16GB RAM
  • Graphics : 4GB VRAM
Mac OS
  • Version : 10.12 (Sierra)
  • Memory : 4GB RAM
  • Graphics : 2GB VRAM
  • Version : 10.14 (Mojave) or above
  • Memory : 16GB RAM
  • Graphics : 4GB VRAM
  • Version : CentOS 7.0 / Ubuntu 16.04 (Steam only)
  • Memory : 4GB RAM
  • Graphics : 2GB VRAM
  • Version : CentOS 7.0 / Ubuntu 18.04 (Steam only)
  • Memory : 16GB RAM
  • Graphics : 2GB VRAM
  • For working in comfortable conditions we recommend a monitor with a resolution greater than 1 Mega Pixels and wider than 1280 pixels.
  • Only versions 2019.x and above have been notarized in order to run on MacOS 10.15 (Catalina).
  • On CentOS 7.5 or older, the application may not start because of library dependency issues (FT_Get_Font_Format error). We recommend updating the system or installing the following library.
  • Remote Desktop connection is possible if an OpenGL 3.3 context is available. It will work on Nvidia Quadro but not on Nvidia GeForce because it provides only an OpenGL 1.4 context. If this is an issue, we recommend using alternative solutions such as VNC/Teamviewer.
  • Steam version users should disable the Steam Overlay for Substance Designer, as it may cause performance issues when active.

Supported GPUs

Below is a list of the GPU compatible with the application :

  • Intel HD 5000 / IRis Pro 6200 and above
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 600 and above
  • NVIDIA Quadro K2000 and above
  • AMD Radeon HD 7000 and above
  • AMD Radeon Pro WX-serie / Pro Duo and above
  • AMD FirePro W-series / FirePro S-series and above
  • Integrated GPUs are not recommended
  • Mac: Only official Apple configurations are supported (default GPU and Apple drivers)
  • Mac: Nvidia Iray renderer requires CUDA drivers to use the GPU (OSX 10.11 minimum)

TDR (Windows only)

For the best overall stability while performing heavy computations on the GPU – e.g. rendering complex graphs, rendering in the 3D View, exporting a scene from the 3D View, etc. – it is strongly recommended to make sure the Timeout Detection and Recovery (TDR) match the recommended values in this page of our documentation.

Minimum GPU Drivers Versions

Below is a list of the minimum GPU drivers version required for the application to run without issues. This list may be subject to changes as new versions release.

To download new drivers see: GPU has outdated drivers.

  • GeForce : 451.48
  • Quadro : 451.48
  • GeForce : 450.51
  • Quadro : 450.51
AMDWindows / Linux
  • Radeon : 19.7.1
  • Radeon Pro / Firepro : 18.Q4
IntelWindows / Linux
  • All : 15.33

On Mac OS the GPU driver is provided by the operating system itself. Update to the latest version of your OS to access the newest driver.

GPU Raytracing for Baking

To enable GPU Raytracing via Optix or DXR the drivers recommended above must be installed.

DXR requires the following minimum configuration :

  • Windows 10 version 1809, see this page for more information
  • GPU with Pascal architecture (Nvidia GeForce 10XX)

GPU raytracing runs optimally on dedicated ray tracing hardware such as NVIDIA GeForce RTX or NVIDIA Quadro RTX GPUs.

Using Tablets

Tablet users on Windows should apply the settings described in the following page for the most reliable experience in Substance Designer:

Configuring Pens and Tablets


The software interface is available in the following languages:

  • English
  • Japanese
  • Korean (partial support)