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08 August 2006, 08:13 PM
Hi. I had reason to research the availability of free rigs for some of my students whos into animation and came up with this list. I thought it would be useful to have such a list here at the Maya Character Setup forum. Also, dissecting others setups is a good learning process.

EDIT 2011: This list is now quite old in internet terms and have not been updated since 2007. However, it has been very popular and well recieved so its about time for a major update later this summer.


Lowman 1.2 (

Lowman with Osipa face (

Generi (

Generi lowgirl ( (

Horse Rig

Demonlord, Mort, Wolverine, Matt, Travis, Chuck Boy, Enemy Soldier, Keiji, Kia and Yakumo

Tiny 1


Character B






Simple Hank


Spaceman Stan







Buddy 1.0.1 (

Mikey 1 ( (

Sam 1.2.1

Devil 1.0.1 ( (

Chip 1.0.0 ( (

Noodle 1.0.0 ( (

Sergio 1.0.3 (

Ninja (

PrimoBoy ( (

Alfred 1.2 (

Bloke 1.1 ( (

Fred 0 ( (

ntMonkey ( (

Packageman 1.2 ( (

Supergramps ( (

Ik-Joe 3 ( (

Hogan ( (

MooM 3.0 ( (

Lieutenant Dan (
ball and legs

TSM2Mguy (
Rigged with The setup machine

TSM2Mwolf (
Rigged with The setup machine

22 different rigs. Some unusual stuff here and wild models.

Generick (

Alien (

Elvis Rig 1.2 (

Monkey Rig 1 (

Bibo (

Chris Burns Car Rig ( (

Big Cat ( (

Monkey (

Robot and Professor (

Super Theo ( (

Basic Guy 2.5.6

Flour Sack 1.5 (

Frank 2.0 (

Ollie 1.5 (

Alf3 ( (

MrMotionRig v1.5 ( (

Bwa ( (

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle


Wood, beta rig goto downloads

Animato (

Thats it for now. Have a good time animating!
/Mattias Svendsen

08 August 2006, 01:34 PM
i wish this list was this extensive for xsi... :sad:

09 September 2006, 03:13 PM
Hey Thanks for including my Animato rig in your list.........
here is a little pic of has some bugs, but hey it s free......


10 October 2006, 08:59 AM
Hi. Id just like to point out that Highend3D now have a rig download section also.

Enjoy / Mattias Svendsen

10 October 2006, 11:25 PM
Bob from Radiant Square.

10 October 2006, 09:39 AM
i had no idea there were so many of these around. i dont really have need for it myself but im sure a lot of people who dont want to learn rigging will be really helped to start animating, its so hard to animate with a crappy rig that i see it screw up a lot of people who could otherwise animate fine when they start out.

11 November 2006, 02:19 PM
Hi. Lots of good rigs have come to my attention and is now added to the list.


Ninja 1
Alfred 1.2
Bloke 1.1
Flour Sack character 1
Monkey Rig 1


Basic guy 2.0
MooM 2

Please PM me if you find new rigs, stuff that dont work or dead links. Hopefully we can keep this a live list a long time.

Good animating / Mattias

11 November 2006, 04:39 PM
Thanks for putting this list together. It's very, very handy! :thumbsup:

12 December 2006, 07:09 AM
I really like Final rig. It is easy to use and the controls are awsome but it is hard to get tech support. The plug in cost about $200 and right now it doesn't load properly. It works great when it works.

01 January 2007, 06:37 PM
Hi, some updates for the new year.


A good new rig with wings of an extreme devil (well modelled)

Chip 1.0.0
Fat man (unusual)

Noodle 1.0.0
Cartoony rig with loots of control and facial setup


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle

Ronny Robo



MooM 3.0
Good elastic puppet rig with facial controls

Happy animating / Mattias

01 January 2007, 09:58 AM
sorry... wanna ask did u guys know where can i get free textured simple human models but without the riggings...?

01 January 2007, 10:01 AM
sorry... wanna ask did u guys know where can i get free textured simple human models but without the riggings...?

01 January 2007, 04:30 PM
I've been wanting to try out animating a horse walking, any free hores rigs out there? I've searched but can't seem to find any.

02 February 2007, 08:03 PM
Highend3D got a competition going now:

Any user that submits a character rig from today until March 8th, 2007 will automatically be entered into a drawing to receive their choice of 5 DVDs from The Gnomon Workshop (

Check it out.

Added Rigs to main list:

Buddy 1

Mikey 1

Sam 1.1

Please msg me if you discover new rigs/updates/broken links and other rig list related stuff.

Happy animating /Mattias Svendsen

02 February 2007, 11:54 AM

Can I add my rig to this list??

you can find it here, I think it's one of the few FBIK rigs, but I haven't checked it out for sure. This rig is pretty neat, not ready for production, but I'm hoping to get some community involvement:

Any features or ideas I'd be happy to add, please message!

Here is the original thread:

02 February 2007, 07:21 PM
Didn't see LowMan on this list. It's a pretty neat script collection (for maya 5 through 7) - it does work on Maya 7 (despite what the site says).


02 February 2007, 02:27 PM
Lowman is the first on the list since way back :)
Anyway, thanks for trying to contribute.

02 February 2007, 02:54 PM
Thanks to Highend3d rig competition alot of new good rigs have been submitted. Fantastic to have so many people contribute to the community. The possibilty of gnomon dvds works wonders also probably.

FBIK Rig (name pending, tai-chi guy maybe?)



Simple Hank


Spaceman Stan







Updates also

Sergio 1b 1.0.3

Buddy 1.0.1

Devil 1.0.1

Keep em coming and rate and comment the rigs you try

Make something live / Mattias Svendsen

03 March 2007, 04:27 PM
A horse rig have surfaced atlast. Nice with some variation, the quadrupeds are quite rare.

Horse Rig

Also i noticed that this guy had more rigs on his site than the one previously posted:

Demonlord, Mort, Wolverine, Matt, Travis, Chuck Boy Enemy Soldier, Keiji, Kia and Yakumo

Tiny 1


Character B




Sam 1.2.1

Basic Guy 2.5.6

04 April 2007, 09:16 AM

Not sure if this should be included here but it is a set of scripts to rig virtually any Vehicle instead of an actual vehicle rig. From four wheel to Multiwheel sets per axle position.
The vehicle can be setup to "autospin" the wheels by moving the vehicle in the X and Z planes. Rotation of the rig in the Y Plane will automatically set wheel rotation to compensate of vehicle moving in the opposite direction after rotation.

Also addition spin can be added or blended on top to simulate wheelspin etc. Also each wheel can be switched on or off, also each wheel can be set to stop or rotate in reverse at any time.

Vehicle rig also sets up steering for front (and rear) with independant steering for both front and rear steer with different ratios for both if required. Also front and rear can be switched off or even reversed to simulate the type of steering seen on high performance cars.

The rig also sets up fully independant and controllable suspension for each wheel. The vehicle will tilt and swivel based on position of wheel ground locators. If these are constrained to a ground plane then suspension will automatically operate.

Scripts allow +/- rotation of the whole vehicle without rotating the main control rigs. Also added additional controls for independent control of each wheels suspension and now able to vary speed and rotion direction of each wheel individually. Rig can be attached to a Ground Plane and or a motion path using scripts.

Davvey's Vehicle Rigger (

06 June 2007, 01:36 PM
Hi, thank u for the list, this is very useful

It's a shame that I have two old & unfinished Rigs in the list! I should update/finish them asap! ok, I'll do, but after I finish my current free rig, it is in very beta stage (sketchy), my students yesterday had tested it but I need more ppl to test it, brutally and savagely!

Link to: Chuz beta 0.5.7 (

please notice that:

- no facials, yet (just jaw, eyebrows and eyes)
- some connections are not done yet
- some things are missing too (like fk, stretch, etc)
- some things are not working properly yet

If you have any idea please PM only or reach me at: (

Thank you!

02 February 2008, 11:01 PM
In class we studing bird animation at the moment. I world really like to find a nice bird rig to use. I have looked all over but I cannot find anything. If anyone knows where I could find one it would be a great help. Thank you

02 February 2008, 06:04 PM
hey people! I never noticed this post before, well here's my humble contribution.

>>>link<<< (

05 May 2008, 04:48 PM
Hi friends ,
i need wild cat or any other quadruped model for my rigging demoreel .plz send any link.

05 May 2008, 02:21 PM
Nice and useful list there dude!

And yeah I found this basic character rigging link on the internet :D hope can be useful to anyone here!

08 August 2008, 06:41 PM
Here are two more rigs to add to the list:

Rudy: Fully textured Male with FBIK Rig
Octopus: Harryhausen-esque Octopus with hair dynamics driving the tentacles.

...and here are some custom control handles for creating your own rigs.

09 September 2008, 04:38 PM
It has been an incredibly long time since I have posted (or made) any of my personal work online. During the writers strike I found I had a little bit more spare time than I was used to, so I started work on a character that I wanted to release to the community. The strike ended as quickly as it started and I never got the time to finish it up. Until now.

When I set out to design this rig, I wanted to make it easy to use 'out of the box'. That meant no need to install any shelves or scripts to get right into using the character. It also had to update fast (EI: No fancy muscle systems or dynamics this time around). I picked a cartoony character because I wanted the challenge of working on a gooey/stretchy rig. The name is because I'm not very good at making names and Tonga is a place I would like to visit one day.


"Osipa influenced" facial system
Squashy/stretchy torso that allows for 'floating' FK animation (IE, you can translate stuff around and it still looks cool)
Pre-set hand poses on the palm controller for common or hard to build shapes (Thumbs up, punch, grab weapon etc). I can add more poses to the rig as needed. Feel free to make suggestions.
FK/IK switching/stretching on arms and legs
Full foot rig.
Head and eyes can 'lock' or 'float' as needed.
Spline and FK controls for the tail.

Download link (

Special thanks to Tyler Hoolaeff for the animators perspective and Devan Mussato for rigging suggestions and QC. I hope you enjoy playing with it.

10 October 2008, 04:26 AM
Thanks for putting this list together.

12 December 2008, 08:39 PM
Here is a link to a free Maya Rig called Rockwell. I plan on doing a lot of updates to it, let me know what works and what doesn't, and what things i should add and omit.

http://faithofthefallen.wordpress.c...kwell-rig-maya/ (

01 January 2009, 04:34 AM
Here is a link to my horse rig:

Created in Maya 2008, tested on 8.5
Horse body fully rigged with some facial controls

The rig is light weight, easy to use, comes with documentation, and a small embedded set-up GUI.

01 January 2009, 03:22 PM
..went public! Read over HERE (

there is also a great tutorial on custom stuff right THERE (

03 March 2009, 07:28 AM

I am working on a project where in i need a bird rig. Can any one pass the link please..


04 April 2009, 07:09 AM
good ...........

05 May 2009, 01:20 PM
Cool thread !

I'd like to add to it someday LOL !!

07 July 2009, 07:39 AM
Here is one from me:


Its a pretty fast and fun rig. Hope you guys enjoy it.

You can download from my site here:

07 July 2009, 08:51 AM
Ive recently put up a octopus rig on my website if anyone is interested.

07 July 2009, 02:56 PM
Nice work Ali and Jimmy, thanks for the rigs.

07 July 2009, 06:01 PM
That octopus rig is kickass Jimmy. Thanks for sharing!

07 July 2009, 04:22 AM
Hey Animators! I just wanted to let everyone know that there's a rig on my site for free download. I will give a detailed description of the controls on the forum part of my site at some point, but for now look for shape nodes called "sharedAttrs" for many functions like bendy limbs, IKFK Switch and extra face controls. It is far from finished, and Ill be updating regularly, so input on the forum would be helpful. Also, don't forget to reference the file, because tools, updates and renders wont work if you dont. If you have a cool cycle or animation, ill make a render of it and post it on the site.

Generic Male (

Textures (

ps. Yes, u need to make an account. No, u wont get any emails unless you subscribe to the forum.

07 July 2009, 02:49 AM
Here is a little toony ball rig that I did in my free times.

Click here for the rig... (

Click here for a video demonstration... (

10 October 2009, 08:05 PM
Dont forget about "AdvancedSkeleton" this has to be the best rigger out since RadiantSquare's FinalRig.

11 November 2009, 12:50 PM
How many of these can i use with my own characters? i noticed they are all posed to specific meshes but i need one for myself. I know you can pose TSM's one...any more? More specifically free...yunno just until those guys at rockstar or Pixar come-a-knocking :D

11 November 2009, 12:53 PM
lovely thread, there is a lot of inactive links though.

12 December 2009, 01:52 AM
lovely thread, there is a lot of inactive links though.

Sorry about the broken links. I have been busy trying to get my rigs updated, They can be found on my website.

Here is a link to my (

Thanks and kind regards.

01 January 2010, 07:29 PM
How many of these can i use with my own characters? i noticed they are all posed to specific meshes but i need one for myself. I know you can pose TSM's one...any more? More specifically free...yunno just until those guys at rockstar or Pixar come-a-knocking :D

This is a character rigging tool I am working on. This is my test run, and I have one with a lot more features in the works, so I am always looking for feedback!

01 January 2010, 03:52 PM
So, Good.......

05 May 2010, 04:38 PM
Bouncing Ball Rig, With tail.

Id did it yesterday, a very simple rig.

Look here to download it:

05 May 2010, 04:59 PM
I was wondering if anybody knows where an updated link for the excellent looking boy character on Page 3 is? I created an account and logged in like it says, but the site is wacky and doesn't work for me. Can I get the file from another site?

06 June 2010, 10:24 PM
no longer here

07 July 2010, 09:39 PM

Here is a great model created by Julian Johnson-Mortimer ( ( , and a little rigging by me

Download Dobby1.1 here. (

Also on

Please leave your comments here so we don't clutter the free rigs section. (

04 April 2011, 04:32 PM

Here's version 2.0 of Johnny the box. He's been made from scratch again, with more animator friendly controls now. :D

Demo of the rig in action (

Download Johnny the box 2.0 here (

06 June 2011, 07:25 AM
Really thanks for all , really good for a new beginner with Maya .

06 June 2011, 08:11 AM
Funny this thread popped up now!

I have just finished my Automatic Rigging script, which will


please have a look and get back to me on what you think about it!

be aware that this script relies heavily on JasonSchleifer's Animation Friendly rigging scripts and the comet-cartoons scripts.


08 August 2011, 04:05 AM
This is my latest free character rig. Space Marine ( (

I've tried uploading it to, but they've asked me to make a tutorial to discuss it's features before they'll host it. I'm in the process of making that tutorial, but here are the important notes:

1. It's low poly by default to better maintain realtime playback. Before rendering, select the geometry from the "Space Marine Geometry" layer and press the 3 key to smooth the mesh. Press the 1 key to return the mesh to low poly.
2. Arms and Legs possess IK FK Switch. The IK FK switch attributes a kept on a shape node that's instanced to all limb controllers, so select any controller to animate those attributes.
3. The shoulder guards automatically animate based on the animation of the shoulders. They have their own controllers including an attribute to turn the auto animation off or on.
4. I'm using a triple layer IK hand controller, so animators can control the pivot point of the IK hands.
5. The IK arms have an auto clavicle animation feature. An attribute to turn this off and on is included with the IK FK Switch attributes.
6. The IK hands can link to the World, a list of controllers, and a list of locators. The locators exist as proxy objects to be parented to other objects within an animation scene. The locators are at the scene origin.
7. All of the weapons have the same setup including the Uzi, Saw Sword, Grenades, and Grenade Pins. A main controller exists around each weapon's handle with parent switch attributes. Each weapons has individual world controllers. A controller exist with each hand for weapons and this controller's visibility is controlled from each arms IK FK Switch attributes. The grenades have waist controllers as well.


Jason Gill

09 September 2011, 07:14 PM
Here is my contribution:
A dolly/crane/steady camera rig with lots of features!


03 March 2012, 05:55 PM
In the 1st link below it shows the first stage of my new leg rigging technique. The knee doesn't pop and the leg doesn't need to stretch to make the calculations correct. The rig would also have an improved version of enhanced IK

No pop knee explanation video (
Enhanced Ik rig (

I am thinking about making a public release of a final rig so please leave me a comment if you have questions and like it if you think its a good idea. I was told that this approach might be better than making a demoreel but it will take time away from that.

Thanks in advance for your Comments and suggestions.

06 June 2012, 10:17 PM
Free Maya rig from my rigs are here (

Modeded by Hung Vodinh, animation by Jerrelle Redick, rig by Joel Anderson

Please email me and let me know what you think, enjoy!

06 June 2012, 11:03 PM
Wow, your stuff looks great. Can purchased rigs be used for commercial purposes? If so, you might want to clarify on your site.
Also, the text with your email is cutoff in my browser on:

06 June 2012, 12:09 AM
Thanks EightBit for the heads up, and thanks for the kind words.

Some of these rigs can be used for commercial purposes, the free one's cannot. just let me know what one(s)

09 September 2012, 07:14 AM
Can i add my little contribution?

Guido Salimbeni

10 October 2012, 11:07 AM
here is a link to a page were you can download 174 free maya rigs in an .rar format.
The rigs are for personel learning use only.
here is a preview of all the rigs
it will take a some time for each of the 6 files to download but it is a great bundle of rigs. their are no viruses and I used the UploadStation links because the other didn't work for me
hope you enjoy them and Happy Animating :bounce:

Sorry guys The the download links have gone dead. but if you go to and click on the direct download button at the top and regester for free to for free you can download it within two weeks of regestration. if you don't want to pay un register strate after the download because you will start being charged after 2 weeks. :banghead:

08 August 2013, 09:28 AM
And an Autorigging script for face and body:

01 January 2014, 06:42 PM
Biped rig we used on our game World Zombination:

Please add to the list, thanks!

01 January 2014, 05:12 PM
The latest version of AdvancedSkeleton (v3.97) includes a "Corrective" tab that adds pose deformer features. Pretty impressive! This autorig is becoming better and better with every new version.

04 April 2014, 02:25 PM
Hi everyone-

Mike and Tina is an intuitive, but extremely versatile and highly customizable Maya character rig. This rig is free for non-commercial use.

You can download it here:

And watch a video describing the rig's features here:

Rig features include:
- FK/IK back, arms, and legs
- FK/IK matching
- IK space switching options
- Stretchy back, arms, and legs
- Knee and elbow locking
- Multiple foot pivots with display options
- FK and attribute driven finger controls with display options
- Head squash/stretch
- Torso deform and breath control
- Secondary arm/leg shaper controls
- Full Osipa style face rig with on-face option
- Teeth and tongue controls
- Sticky lip and lip seal options
- UI and direct eye aim option
- Auto lid option
- Secondary on-face controls
- Eye shaper controls
- Iris/Pupil controls
- Scalable rig
- Customizable clothing and skin/eye/hair style and color
- Male/female option
- Fully customizable morph target option

You can help support this project by watching my Facial Rigging Course:

And if you aren't already a member, sign up for a 7 day free trial here:

Thanks in advance,

12 December 2014, 11:28 AM

01 January 2015, 10:06 PM
I haven't posted here for awhile. I guess I thought it would be nice if posted this rig

It is a rebuild of an earlier version, Features

IKFK (Arms, legs and tail)
Symmetrically mirrored controls
Stretchy (Back, neck, arms, legs and tail)

Here is a direct link >>> <<<

01 January 2015, 10:06 AM
pink panther fully rigged 3D character and ready to animate in Maya by karim kashefi. :)

you can watch the demonstration video from here:


06 June 2015, 02:02 PM
good one :wip: :wip: :wip:

05 May 2016, 03:13 PM
I think I should share my rigs, too

Dragon Rig:
Video demo:

Leopard Rig:
Video demo:

Cricket Rig:

Demon Rigs:
Demon (no eyes):
Demon (skinny):
Demon (big boss):

Hope you like them! You can view more at my Gumroad page:


08 August 2016, 12:51 PM

10 October 2016, 08:13 PM

This is a Alien Face Hugger the 2nd stage of a Xenomorph lifecycle. Download (

Rigged with advancedSkeleton 5

more goodies

05 May 2017, 12:01 AM

click here to download (

Built in Maya 2014 - licensed advancedSkeleton 5.3 - custom facial rigging

Scale-able rig
IKFK Arms, Legs and spine
IKFK Matching and Switching
Bendy - stretchy
Elbow and Knee pinning
Driving systems for fingers and toes as well as FK controllers
Individually scale-able body parts - i.e. Head, Hands, feet, Eyes nose, mouth, ears, breasts and buttocks
Gui picker -mirror copy, flip etc.
Osipa style facial set-up
blendshapes to customize the characters appearance
Built-in attributes to change the skin, hair and eye color
There are controls to adjust the position and scale of her individual face and body attributes.

Also included, a custom Animation Picker interface tool. This interface has options for selecting controls and for IKFK switching, IKFK matching. It also has other options like mirroring by selections.

06 June 2017, 06:01 PM
Free Maya 2014 rig, Great White Shark

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Great White Sharks and Megalodon ([sketchfab) by Joel Anderson ( on Sketchfab (