File Formats in ArchiCAD

by GRAPHISOFT and Katalin Takács · 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: DGNSupport

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 (./) - (./) -
.SGI Silicon Graphics Image File (./) - (./) -
.PSD Adobe Photoshop Document (./) - (./) -
.PCT Picture File (./) - (./) -
.PICT Picture File (./) - (./) -
.PNTG MacPaint Graphic File (./) - (./) -
.TGA Targa Graphic (./) - (./) -
.JP2 JPEG 2000 Image (./) - (./) -
.QTIF QuickTime Image File (./) - (./) -
.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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