Import/Export File Formats in ArchiCAD

by GRAPHISOFT and Katalin Götz · updated: 07.22.2013

 

ArchiCAD formats

File format Import Export 2D 3D Notes
.PLN Solo Project file (./) (./) (./) (./) File compatibility list
.PLA Archive (./) (./) (./) (./) Includes all library parts, linked images and textures; File compatibility list
.BIMX BIMx format - (./) - (./) For details, see BIMx
.BPN Backup Project file (./) (./) (./) (./) Allows to recover the last saved version of a damaged file
.PLP ArchiCAD Teamwork (AC12 and earlier) (./) (./) (./) (./) To open it, use the Open Project command
.PLC ArchiCAD Teamwork (AC12 and earlier) (./) (./) (./) (./) To open it, use the Open Project command
.PCA ArchiCAD Teamwork (AC12 and earlier) (./) (./) (./) (./) To open it, use the Open Project command
.BPC ArchiCAD Teamwork (AC12 and earlier) (./) (./) (./) (./) To open it, use the Open Project command
.DB Teamwork BIM Server Database File (./) (./) (./) (./)
.TWPACKAGE BIM Server Import/Export Format (./) (./) (./) (./) ArchiCAD 13 BIM Server import/export format
.BIMPROJECT BIM Server Import/Export Format (./) (./) (./) (./) ArchiCAD 14 and higher version BIM Server import/export format
.TWTRAVEL Travel Package
.BACKUP BIM Server Backup
.TPL ArchiCAD Project Template (./) (./) (./) (./) For details, see TemplateFiles
.2DL ArchiCAD 2D Lines (./) (./) (./) - Can be saved from 3D window (Internal Engine only)
.MOD Module File (./) (./) (./) (./) For details, see HotlinkedModules
.LBK PlotMaker Layoutbook (./) - (./) - For details, see PlotMaker
.PMK PlotMaker Drawing (./) - (./) - For details, see PlotMaker
.MDE ArchiCAD Education Version Module file - - (./) (./) This file format is no longer supported
.STB Plot Style Table file - - (./) - This file format is not supported
.LCF ArchiCAD Library Container File (./) (./) (./) (./) For details, see LibraryManagement
.GSM ArchiCAD Library Object (./) (./) (./) (./) For details, see LibraryManagement
.DOR ArchiCAD Library Object (./) (./) (./) (./) For details, see LibraryManagement
.WIN ArchiCAD Library Object (./) (./) (./) (./) For details, see LibraryManagement
.LMP ArchiCAD Library Object (./) (./) (./) (./) For details, see LibraryManagement
.RSM ArchiCAD Library Object (./) (./) (./) (./) For details, see LibraryManagement
.LSM ArchiCAD Library Object (./) (./) (./) (./) For details, see LibraryManagement
.ISM ArchiCAD Library Object (./) (./) (./) (./) For details, see LibraryManagement
.ESM ArchiCAD Library Object (./) (./) (./) (./) For details, see LibraryManagement
.GPS ArchiCAD Library Object (./) (./) (./) (./) For details, see LibraryManagement

BIM formats

File format Import Export 2D 3D Notes
.IFC Industry Foundation Classes File (./) (./) (./) (./) For details, see IFC
.IFCXML Industry Foundation Classes XML (./) (./) (./) (./) For details, see Differences in IFC formats
.IFCZIP Industry Foundation Classes ZIP (./) (./) (./) (./) For details, see Differences in IFC formats
.NWC Naviswork model file - (./) - (./) Exports whole-project models for simulation and analysis in Naviswork®. Add-On available from AutoDesk
.SMC Solibri Model Checker - (./) - (./) Exports whole-project models to Solibri Model Checker. For details, see ArchiCAD and Solibri Model Checker

CAD formats

File format Import Export 2D 3D Notes
.DXF Drawing Exchange Format (./) (./) (./) - For details, see DWG/DXF-DWGTranslator
.DWG Drawing Database File (./) (./) (./) (./) For details, see DWG
.DGN MicroStation Design File * (./) (./) (./) - Importing DGN file format to ArchiCAD is ended to support in ArchiCAD 15, the last importable version of MicroStation DGN files is v7 (back in 2001). If you may not have MicroStation, DGN v8 files can be converted to DWG with conversion softwares.

Vector Graphics

File format Import Export 2D 3D Notes
.DWF Drawing Web Format (./) (./) (./) -
.PDF Portable Document Format file (./) (./) (./) - For details, see PDF; Photo Rendering can be also saved to this format
.EPS Encapsulated PostScript file - - - - Since version 10, ArchiCAD no longer supports .EPS format.
.PLT ArchiCAD Plotter file - - - - For details, see PlotMaker

Image Formats

File format Import Export 2D 3D Notes
.BMP Bitmap Image Format (./) (./) (./) - Photo Rendering, Fly-Through and SunStudy can be also saved to this format
.DIB Device Independent Bitmap File (./) - (./) -
.RLE Run Length Encoded Bitmap (./) - (./) -
.JPEG Joint Photographic Experts Group (./) (./) (./) - Photo Rendering, Fly-Through and SunStudy can be also saved to this format
.JPG Joint Photographic Experts Group (./) - (./) -
.JPE Joint Photographic Experts Group (./) - (./) -
.GIF Graphics Interchange Format (./) (./) (./) - Photo Rendering, Fly-Through and SunStudy can be also saved to this format
.TIFF Tagged Image File (./) (./) (./) - Photo Rendering, Fly-Through and SunStudy can be also saved to this format
.TIF Tagged Image File (./) (./) (./) -
.PNG Portable Network Graphics (./) (./) (./) - Photo Rendering, Fly-Through and SunStudy can be also saved to this format
.JFIF JPEG File Interchange Format (./) - (./) -
.ICO Windows Icon File (./) - (./) -
.PCT Picture File (./) - (./) -
.JP2 JPEG 2000 Image (./) - (./) -
.LWI Light Work Image (./) - (./) -

Model/3D Formats

File format Import Export 2D 3D Notes
.GDL Geometric Description Language (./) (./) - (./) For details, see GDL
.GSM Geometric Description Language (./) (./) - (./) For details, see GDL
.ATL Artlantis File - (./) - (./) Artlantis export plug-ins are installed by default. New versions and updated plug-ins need to be installed separately.
.3DS 3D Studio Scene * (./) (./) - (./) For details, see 3DStudio; Fly-Through and SunStudy can be also saved to this format
.C4D Cinema 4D File * (./) * (./) - (./) For details, see Cinema4D
Maxwell Render plug-in - (./) - (./) Maxwell Render plug-ins can be downloaded here
.KMZ Zipped .kml files (./) (./) - (./) For details, see GoogleEarthConnections
.KML Keyhole Markup Language (./) (./) - (./) For details, see GoogleEarthConnections
.SKP SketchUp Document (./) (./) - (./) For details, see GoogleEarthConnections
.OBJ WaveFront File - (./) - (./)
.FACT ElectricImage File - (./) - (./) Fly-Through and SunStudy can be also saved to this format
.VRL VRML Virtual World File - (./) - (./) Fly-Through and SunStudy can be also saved to this format
.LP Lightscape Preparation File - (./) - (./)
.U3D Universal 3D file - (./) (./) * (./) For details, see U3D
.STL STereoLithography (./) (./) - (./) Native STL converter in ArchiCAD 17: StlFor3dPrinting

Other Formats

File format Import Export 2D 3D Notes
.PLT HPGL Plot File - (./) (./) -
.EMF Enhanced Windows Metafile (./) (./) (./) -
.WMF Windows Metafile (./) (./) (./) -
.XYZ Graph Coordinates (./) - (./) * (./) XYZ data can be loaded to ArchiCAD as a 3d model: Design menu > Place Mesh from Surveyors Data…
.PRN Printer file - - (./) -
.RPT Crash Report File - - - - For details, see Bug reporter
.REP Bug Reporter Format - - - - For details, see Bug reporter
.SUPPORT Solo Project Support Package - - - - For details, see Support Package
.TWSUPPORT Teamwork Support Package - - - - For details, see Support Package
.SHX AutoCAD Compiled Shape file * (./) - (./) - Used for displaying custom texts of DWG files
.STL Stereolithography CAD file - - - * (./) VRML 3D file format that can be converted to STL file format using a converter application, e.g. http://web.axelero.hu/karpo/.
.DOC Word Document - (./) (./) - Interactive Schedules and Lists can be saved to this file format.
.XLS Excel Worksheet - (./) (./) - Interactive Schedules, Lists, Energy Performance Reports can be saved to this file format.
.TXT Text File (./) (./) (./) - TXT data can be loaded to ArchiCAD as a 3d model: Design menu > Place Mesh from Surveyors Data…Interactive Schedules and Lists can be saved to this file format.
.MOV Quick Time Movie - (./) (./) - Fly-Through and SunStudy can be saved to this format
.AVI Video Movie File - (./) (./) - Fly-Through and SunStudy can be saved to this format
.LIC Binary List Criteria (./) - (./) - Can be added to ArchiCAD as a library part in Library Manager
.LIS List Setup File (./) - (./) - Can be added to ArchiCAD as a library part in Library Manager

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