Easy HDRI add-on for Blender 2.8


Easy HRDI is a free Blender add-on that will help you to load and test your HDRI images quickly. This version is compatible with Blender 2.8 Beta. There is a version for Blender 2.79 Here.

Demo of the add-on


  • Upgrade to Blender 2.8 Beta.
  • Preview all the HDRI images in a folder of your choice.
  • You have the ability to change the folder.
  • Cycle through the images.
  • Create your list of favorite folders.
  • World nodes setup .
  • Recursive file search.
  • Automatic projection (Mirror ball/Equirectangular)
  • And more…


  1. Extract the zip file.
  2. Open the user preferences, in the Add-ons tab press “Install from File” button, then locate “EasyHDRI.py” then hit enter or double click.
  3. The add-on has now been installed you can find it in the “3D View” category, to enable it check the box to the left of the add-on.
  4. In the 3d view Properties a new tab will appear named “Easy HDRI”.


latest version is 1.0.1

If you find any bugs please let me know in the comments section below.

26 thoughts on “Easy HDRI add-on for Blender 2.8”

  1. Dear Monaime,
    first of all, thanks! The addon is cool!
    Few suggestions:
    1. Include a category option to easily jump among folders (I know there is a favourite option to select different folders, but maybe ->
    2. Favourite could mean HDRIs, not folders. So selecting a favourite category would show favourite HDRIs no matter where on disk they are.
    3. A Solid background option would be nice (with the Is camera ray node), sometimes I would like to see reflections only, not the HDRI background.
    Best regards,

  2. awesome add-on, thank you! It would be perfect if it took into account multi-resolution HDRs, I keep 4 different resolution images per HDR so the collection is filled with duplicates.

  3. Very Useful!
    i’m waiting this addons for a long time, from 2.79.
    unlikely in some cases it show NameError : name ‘module_filesystem_remove’ is not defined.
    i’ve installed in a couple of pc but in one works, in other not.

    I know that soon will be patched.

  4. This was working for me just fine for a long time! And I loved it! But then all the sudden it stopped working and nothing shows up in the panel. I miss this addon! I tried installing it again, and even the newer version.. but still no luck.

  5. Love the add-on. I just moved to 2.80(on a MacBook pro) and am having an issue with the image loading in the viewport. It is only using the “first image” in the list and won’t load any others. I have an image if you’d like to see it. Seems to be an issue with both cycles and Eevee. Thanks for the help!

    1. Hi, an image would be helpful.
      In the settings there is an option “Load Dynamically” if you disable it, the add-on will load the image only if you press the button “Load Image”, make sure that you are not disabling that option.

  6. Stumbled on this today… great, simple addon that was exactly what I needed to get quick, good looking lighting for background painting base.

  7. Hey there Monaime, this is a very helpful addon and it’s obvious you’ve put a lot of effort into it. But it takes a lot of time to generate the previews. I can generate the previews from a photoshop action and it takes a lot less time. I’d like to know the location where the preview files are store in windows. Thanks.

    1. Hey Ken, Generating the previews is an internal Blender function and i made use of it in my add-on.
      Unfortunately Blender doesn’t save this previews externally.

  8. First of all, thank you for the addon. Works like a charm!

    I was wondering if there is a possibility for support of other engine such as Octane since it has a free tier?


  9. This is amazing, but unfortunately it’s not usable for me. I have an extensive list of HDRI skies, and I like to keep them organized. When you have the time you can do an update where you can have folder functionality within the plugin? I have a main folder with many subfolders, and it’d be nice to be able to navigate them easily within the plugin without having to reload a new folder each time. Having to do so sort of defeats the purpose. And maybe include a check box that, when activated, all the HDRIs in any number of subfolders within a chosen folder are all listen in the plugin window together. Thanks! Keep up the good work!

  10. Well done! Thank you to all who worked on this!

    I had some .jpg files I use as basic backgrounds and I renamed them with the .hdr extension and BOOM! They join the party as well!

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