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Fix broken working files smartRescue

Rescue broken working files

smartRescue lets you repair working files that won't open anymore. It offers several so called steps that run over your working files to update them so that you should hopefully soon be back working in your files.

Launch in Nuke and standalone

smartRescue can be run in Nuke and as a standalone application. We also provide baked executables that you just double click to launch.

Write your own steps

If you have some programing knowledge, you can easily create your own steps and share them within others.

Free tool

Enjoy smartRescue completely for free. You're welcome.


Do you have any question about smartRescue? make sure to read our tools specific faq for smartRescue.


• 100% free
• Rescue broken working files
• Get information about yourt files
• Run standalone and in Nuke
• Easily write your own rescue steps


Nuke8, Nuke9, Nuke10, Nuke11, Nuke12, Nuke13

Linux, Mac, Windows


Please use our free tool connect to download your smartRescue .
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The written documentation can be found here: smartRescue documentation

FAQ for smartRescue

Here you will find some frequently asked questions on smartRescue. Please make sure to read them first. Please also have a look on the documentation. If you have any question that is not listed in here please don't hesitate to contact us. We are pleased to help you.

How do I install smartRescue?

Each cragl tool can be installed via cragl connect - our free tool to install and manage all of your cragl tools directly inside NUKE. If you haven't already done so please download connect.
By opening connect you will see a list of all cragl tools. You can drag and drop it to the right hand side of the connect window to reveal more infos. Just click on "buy". After purchasing you will receive an install code for your tool. Now simply click "install now" and enter the received install code. The tool will be downloaded and installed automatically for you. So you don't need to struggle with any install issue.

double clicking the executable raises a permission denied error

If you don't have permissions to double click the executable and run into a 'permission denied' error then you can change the file permissions for the executables. To do so, open a terminal window and type in:

sudo chmod 777 /path/to/executable

Please make sure to update the path the the actual executable file accordingly. Press enter, type in your password and hit enter.


Here you find an overview of the smartRescue's versions and its improvements. Please log in to download versions.

smartRescue v1.0.1

• Make Nuke-13 ready

smartRescue v1.0.0

• Initial release