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TouchDesigner User Guide

What's New

To find out what's new in the latest Official builds, read our 2020 Official Announcement.

Release Notes

Head to the Release Notes for a full changelog and details on the current build.

For the latest in the Experimental builds, see Experimental Release Notes.

Downloads

Download Official Builds - A complete list of current and past official builds.

Download Experimental Builds - An archive of all experimental builds.

Licensing

Non-Commercial licenses are available at no charge for personal, educational, or evaluation purposes. If you or your organization are compensated for your work with TouchDesigner, you must have a Commercial or Pro license. For a comparison of licenses see Licensing.

Updating to the most recent build requires a key whose 'Update Date' is after the build's compile date. Check your license's 'Update Date' in the Keys section of your profile at derivative.ca. If your key is out of date, purchase '1 Year of Updates' from the store to update it for use with the most recent builds.

Forum and Support

Report your problems or ask questions in our Support Forum.


Getting Started

Tutorials and Workshop Videos

  • TouchDesigner Official Youtube - A growing collection of Derivative tutorials and workshop recordings, as well as videos from previous TouchDesigner Summits.
  • AllTD.org - An excellent resource that compiles learning materials in multi-languages from the broad TouchDesigner community, thanks to Jan Gryczan in Berlin.
  • Tutorials Page - A full list of tutorials available. Including user-contributed and older 088 legacy sections.

Online Courses (paid)

Documentation

  • Browse the Wiki Categories. Also explore the navigation bar on the left using the links or search field.
  • Operator Help pages - All the node types of TouchDesigner.
  • Introduction to Python - An introduction to Python scripting in TouchDesigner. Python Reference is also available for a full list of python classes.
  • TouchDesigner Tips - A collection of short how-to tutorials showing you how to accomplish certain tasks.
  • Search documentation using the wiki advanced search page.
  • Offline Help - Access the wiki when you are not connected to the internet by pre-downloading the offline documentation package.

Sample Components, Tools and Examples

  • OP Snippets - Hundreds of examples found via (1) the Help -> Operator Snippets menu, or (2) right-click on any operator in any network, or (3) right-click on any operator in the OP Create menu.
  • Palette Browser - In the menu Dialogs -> Palette Library, or the left-pane of the default TouchDesigner.
  • .tox Component forum - User-contributed components.

Derivative Forums

White Papers and Topics

Other Resources

  • Facebook - Join us on Facebook and keep up to date with the latest TouchDesigner projects.
  • TouchDesigner Help on Facebook- Massively Helpful Facebook Help Group for TouchDesigner run by users.
  • Vimeo - Videos posted by the TouchDesigner community on Vimeo.
  • Twitter - Follow us on Twitter @1null1
  • Frequently Asked Questions - Frequently asked questions about TouchDesigner.
  • Books - A list of books written about TouchDesigner.
  • CHOPCHOPCHOP - A marketplace for TouchDesigner Components.
  • GitHub projects - Browse GitHub for a wide range of user submitted projects.
  • Resources - Textures, devices, animations, movies, audio and more.