Libraries

 Each version of ARCHICAD is shipped with a standard object library containing hundreds of preconfigured, editable objects (also known as GDL objects or Library parts).

When creating a new project, ARCHICAD will load the library contained in the template used for the new project. Each subsequent version of ARCHICAD comes with an updated ARCHICAD Library. There are different Libraries corresponding to different national standards.

See Migration Guide for ARCHICAD 21 for recommendations on migration issues.

You can also add additional libraries to the project as needed.

View and manage your project’s libraries (Embedded Library, Linked Libraries, BIMcloud/BIM Server Libraries) in the Library Manager (File > Libraries and Objects > Library Manager).

Restrictions:

The Embedded Library cannot contain any .lcf file (Library Container File)

An archive (.pla) folder used as a Linked Library will not be mounted unless the folder functions as a library root (i.e. at the top of the library hierarchy). Any .pla files at a deeper level of the hierarchy will not be mounted.

Filenames that consist only of a file extension (such as “.gsm” or “.DS_STORE) are not visible in Library Manager

The following sections describe all aspects of working with Libraries in ARCHICAD:

Library Manager

Recommendations for Using Libraries

Embedded Library

Linked Libraries

BIMcloud/BIM Server Libraries

Remove Library from Project

Troubleshooting Library Issues

Missing Library Parts and the Library Loading Report

Library Container File

Library Updates

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Library Manager

Use Library Manager to view and manage project libraries.   Open Library Manager Do one of the following: •Use the File ...

Embedded Library

The Embedded Library stores custom, project-specific objects in the project itself (rather than in your file system or on the BIM Server), to ...

Linked Libraries

Linked Libraries include the standard ARCHICAD library loaded by default, as well as any other libraries you add. In contrast to the objects ...

BIMcloud/BIM Server Libraries

BIMcloud/BIM Server Libraries are located on the BIMcloud or BIM Server, but added to your project. You can add a BIMcloud/BIM Server Library to ...

Remove Library from Project

Select any Linked Library or BIMcloud/BIM Server Library from the Library Manager. (File > Libraries and Objects > Library Manager). Click ...

Library Updates

GRAPHISOFT updates its standard library parts on a regular basis. To check for the latest library updates, you should enable the appropriate Check ...

Library Container File

The extension .lcf identifies a “Library Container file”. The default ARCHICAD Library is stored in an.lcf, but you can also create ...

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