Pix4Ddiscovery / Discovery mode - PIX4Dmapper


Pix4Ddiscovery is free of charge, unlimited in time and lets Pix4D users process and assess their projects of any size with limited output results.

Important: Pix4Ddiscovery users can upgrade at any time to Pix4Dmapper directly in the Welcome page of the software.

Is Pix4Ddiscovery free?

Pix4Ddiscovery is free of charge. To use it, a Pix4D account is needed.

Which is the difference between Pix4Ddiscovery and the solutions that can be bought?

 Feature Pix4Ddiscovery Pix4Dmapper/engine
Exported outputs It exports only the:
  • Quality Report.
  • 3D video animation (fly-through).
Exported video Pix4D logo obligatory Pix4D logo optional
Visualization Limited to:
  • Densified point cloud.
  • 3D textured mesh.
No limitation
Measurements (distance, surface, volume) No Yes
Other limitation It cannot generate/visualize/export:
  • Contour lines.
  • Classified point clouds.
  • DTM.
  • Indices (the Index Calculator can not be used).
  • DSM and orthomosaics (the Mosaic Editor can not be used).
No limitation

Is there any limitation in the number of images that can be processed with Pix4Ddiscovery?

There is no limitation in the number of images that can be processed with Pix4Ddiscovery. The number of images depends on:

Which are the minimum and recommended hardware for Pix4Ddiscovery?

The minimum and recommended hardware specifications are the same as for Pix4Dmapper. For more information: System requirements: Minimum and recommended computer specifications.

Is Pix4Ddiscovery limited in time?

Processing with Pix4Ddiscovery is not time limited.

Can Pix4Dmapper, Pix4Dmapper trial and Pix4Ddiscovery be used at the same time on the same machine?

Pix4Dmapper, Pix4Dmapper trial and Pix4Ddiscovery can not be used at the same time on the same PC. When logging in the user can select the license to be activated. For step by step instructions: How to log in to Pix4Dmapper.

Can a project processed with Pix4Dmapper be opened with Pix4Ddiscovery?

A project that has been processed with Pix4Dmapper can be opened by Pix4Ddiscovery.

Warning: If project results are generated using Pix4Dmapper, save a copy of the results to a new directory before processing the project using Pix4Ddiscovery to prevent the results from being overwritten. 
Warning: A project can be opened with the same or a more recent version of Pix4Dmapper. The project cannot be converted to a version previous to the one it was generated with. 

To open any Pix4Dmapper project, the following information is required:

  • The .p4d file of the project.
  • The output folder of the project.
  • The input images of the project.
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  • Hendrik Graulus

    Can I calibrate uncalibrated cameras in discovery mode? Thanks!

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    Marco (Pix4D)

    Hi Hendrik,

    Yes you can calibrate uncalibrated cameras in the discovery mode.
    Make sure that you follow this workflow:


    Edited by Marco (Pix4D)
  • Andrea Ruiz


    Can I improve the 3D textured Mesh by adding surfaces ? 

    because when i do so, the checkbox: Use for DSM and Triangle Mesh isn´t enabled.   


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    Marco (Pix4D)

    Hi Andrea,

    The option "Use for DSM and Triangle Mesh" is disabled because you are logged in with a Discovery License.

    In order to use it, get a trial or ask for a Pix4D solution to our sales department

    If you have more question about this, ask on the corresponding article.

    Sorry about that.



  • Shawn Schneider

    Student licenses?   We have it at the campus lab but the systems are older now and render times are slow  I would like to keep using it at home where I have better hardware and more time.   especially with larger projects it can take an entire lab time for the render.  



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    Marco (Pix4D)

    Hi Shawn,

    There are education licenses that can be acquired by your institution. More here:

    You might be interested into this article as well:


  • Shawn Schneider

    Hi Marco, 


    Thanks the school has those licenses and are installed in the lab but unfortunately then we can only use it while at the campus and with the rendering times by the end of class we can start working on a project or we have to wait until the next class.   I was hoping to be able to run at home as a student license. 



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    Beata (Pix4D)

    Hi Shawn,

    The best solution for you would be to talk to your professor and ask whether you can use the classroom credentials to log into the software from your home. 

    So, the first step would be to install Pix4Dmapper on your computer. In case you won't have the right executable file we can help you with that. Afterwards, you have to log in giving the email address and the password of the Pix4D account to which the EDU license is assigned. The third step is to choose the license type you want to use. At the very same time, your professor can control your use and deactivate your machine when needed. 

    If your processor would be sceptical about giving you the credentials, he can invite you to purchase a student license. It's a cheaper license in comparison to other commercial licenses.


  • Michael Lincoln

    I can`t get into my pix4Dmapper with discovery mode don`t want it on there I need my mapper please help Thanks

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    Beata (Pix4D)

    Hi Michael,

    Could you explain what exactly is happening? 

    You should have access to Pix4Dmapper - full version. 

    A screenshot would help as well. :-)


  • Greg Naus

    Hello pix4D team,

    Could you force a log-out on one of our account that was using a discovery mode?

    account: jjun@redchrismine.ca

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    Beata (Pix4D)

    Hi Greg,

    As for now, you don't have any device that is logged into Pix4Dmapper in Discover Mode. 

    Let me know if you need anything else. 


  • jose chambi

    pix4d discovery can generate orthomsaico?

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    Momtanu (Pix4D)

    Hi Jose, No. Pix4D discovery processes only 2 steps, step 3 is disabled and none of the outputs can be exported

  • Dingu Daguid

    I'm a little lost, can't find download link for pix4d discovery software, or is it integrated in another main app??

  • Zendesk Admin Service Account

    You should download Pix4Dmapper. When logging in, if you do not have a valid license, you will get into the Discovery mode.

  • John Githens

    Hello, I have a valid Pix4Dmapper license purchased Sept.8, 2020, for one month use on my desktop. After downloading and installing, I have repeatedly tried to open Pix4Dmapper and the response continues to be Pix4Ddiscovery. I returned to the download page and installed again using the Repair option. No success. There is no obvious problem on the Plan page for my account. I have submitted Request #95537 and I am awaiting a response. Every day counts! Thank you.

  • KMC Geomatics


    If my client needs to view the projects on pix4d discovery, does that mean that the client will only have "pix4d discovery" for the 14 day trial? Please help with this.


  • Yuka (Pix4D)

    Pix4Ddiscovery is a free product and does not have a time limit. The user can open and see processed projects only for step 1 and step 2 (Pix4Ddiscovery does not give access to step 3). For more information, please visit here.

    Kind regards,

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