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 1.0.2

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

64 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.

    2. It shows only one image, but if you click on that image it will show all the hdri images in that folder.

      Just try it.

  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!

  11. Hello!

    Thanks up front for your addon. I am currently using the latest version (3.13) with Blender 2.8.

    However, during command line render, I am running into the following issue:
    “Warning: ‘easyhdr.settings’ doesn’t contain ‘_MT_’ with prefix & suffix”
    Blender quit

    This happened after installing the addon. Render via the GUI works fine.

    Looking forward to a fix to this!

  12. How to fix Environment Rotation EasyHDRI Blender 2.81
    Folder: C:\Users\YOUR USER\AppData\Roaming\Blender Foundation\Blender\2.81\scripts\addons\
    Find (Ctrl+F): col.prop(nodes[‘Mapping’], “rotation”)
    Replace to: col.prop(nodes[“Mapping”].inputs[2], “default_value”, text = “Rotation”)
    Save and Run Script!

    1. This is now working for me.
      I get this:

      File “\EasyHDRI.py”, line 548
      col.prop(nodes[“Mapping”].inputs[2], “default_value”, text = “Rotation”)
      SyntaxError: invalid character in identifier

      location: :-1

        1. Copy and paste this in line 548: col.prop(nodes[‘Mapping’].inputs[2], “default_value”, text = “Rotation”)
          it works for me.

      1. Try :
        col.prop(nodes[‘Mapping’].inputs[2], “default_value”, text = “Rotation”)
        This is ” and ‘ not “ and ‘, python is capricious ! 🙂

  13. Hi. This addon my favourite addon. I use almost on every projects. But now there is a bug with new 2,81 release. Rotation parameters not showing on addon section.

  14. In Blender 2.81 I’m seeing the following error:

    location: :-1
    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “C:\Users\MYCOMPUTER\AppData\Roaming\Bforartists\Bforartists\2.82\scripts\addons\EasyHDRI.py”, line 529, in draw
    col.operator(“easyhdr.create_world”, icon = ‘WORLD_DATA’)

  15. Hi!
    It is a great addon! You have done a great work with it!
    However I was thinking if there is any chance to add some parameters to control the HDRI like a dome. Similar features like Corona has for 3ds max.
    Here is a link of what I’m talking about.
    I look forward to hearing your comments!


  16. Is there anyway to rotate the hdri in all x or y or z direction. I cant see any option to rotate the hdri image in camera or without camera view. Thanks for the cool addon

    1. You need to go to preferences, in the addons tab you need to click on install, navigate to the folder where the file is located and double click on it.

      Once you did that you need to activate th addon. Find it on the list, if it’s not already appearing then click on the little selection box on the left side to activate it, like any other blender addon.

  17. great add-on, love it….
    wish the rotate hdri option was still available in 2.8.2….it disappeared

  18. I love it, but I have to manually re-choose folder and settings every single file
    Isn’t there a way to set it up so it will keep settings no matter what file I open? (I already have blender set to use one single UI and not a per-file ui)

  19. Quality of Life improvement request. Please Remove it from the N side panel of the 3d viewport and add it to the World Properties tab of the Properties Editor panel.

    People are always complaining about how cluttered that side panel of the viewport is. It’s not Blender’s fault. It’s the fault of addon developers who keep cramming things into that area instead of somewhere that would make more sense.

  20. > Quality of Life improvement request. Please Remove it from the N side panel of the 3d viewport and add it to the World Properties tab of the Properties Editor panel.
    I would second this opinion.

    Also can you update Easy HDRI for 2.90. Rotation option doesn’t show up in 2.90 anymore. Please have a look and also maybe make a thread on Blenderartist for user feedback.

    Thank you.

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