JTB FixRefs

JTB FixRefs

Win32 and 64, English

JTB World Inc.
An app to batch change or fix file paths and names of external references in drawings. Supports Xrefs, Datalinks, Raster Images, PDFs, DWFs, and DGNs.

General Usage Instructions

Start the app from the Add-ins tab on the Ribbon or with the command FixRefs. 

This is how JTB FixRefs find the missing reference file:

For example, when your old file path is "T:\A\B\C\D\E\Your Ref Filename", and you move your host drawing to a new folder "M:\New Location\Project 1", and you change the subfolder structure a little, then JTB FixRefs will check these file paths to see if it is available:

"M:\New Location\Project 1\A\B\C\D\E\Your Ref Filename"
"M:\New Location\Project 1\B\C\D\E\Your RefFilename"
"M:\New Location\Project 1\C\D\E\Your Ref Filename"
"M:\New Location\Project 1\D\E\Your Ref Filename"
"M:\New Location\Project 1\E\Your Ref Filename"
"M:\New Location\Project 1\Your Ref Filename"

In case all those file paths do not exist, you must enter the new file paths in the Fixed Paths column. Since it is a spreadsheet, it is easy to do using copy-and-paste tools

You can select the whole spreadsheet, and copy and paste it into Excel. Then, in Excel, you can edit the paths using Excel's more powerful tools like Find and Replace, functions, etc. Finally, paste the data back properly to JTB FixRefs.

There are two tabs in the JTB FixRefs windows: the "Drawings" tab and the "External References" tab.

On each tab, you can see additional info on drawings and reference objects: error when opening drawing, error when saving drawing, drawing version, file not found, the object is unreferenced, and error when running fixing.



Ribbon/Toolbar Icon Command Command Description


Starts the FixRefs app.


Open the Activation Form to activate the app. This command is available in the command line only.


The installer that ran when you downloaded this app from Autodesk App Store will start installing the app. Or, double-click the downloaded installer to install the app. You may need to restart the Autodesk product to be able to run the app.

To uninstall this app, exit the Autodesk product if you are currently running it.

On Windows 11 and 10 version 1703 or later press Windows+I on the keyboard to access Settings or click or right-click the Windows Start button and then select Settings. Click on Apps (optionally followed by Apps & features). On older Windows versions click Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features or Control Panel > Add.

Additional Information

Known Issues

If your drawing is already open, the renamed object won't appear on the External References palettes until drawing is saved and reopened.


Company Name: JTB World Inc.
Support Contact: info@jtbworld.com

Author/Company Information

JTB World Inc.

Support Information

For support visit our Contact page.

Version History

Version Number Version Description


Added support for AutoCAD 2024


Licensing bug fixed. (no version change).


Added AutoCAD 2023 support.


Fixed bug in renaming xrefs


Added Bind Xrefs command.


Minor improvement in the file dialog window. Remove messages about uninstallation in very-silent installation mode.


Added Test to Bind Xrefs


Added AutoCAD 2022 support


Retain drawing's thumbnail and xref override properties after saving Added option to retain date modified after saving Added button to open drawing's folder in Window Explorer


Add support for DXE files Upgrade to License 4.3


Updated installer (no version change).


Fixed error when scan drawings in a root folder. Improved select drawings action with new options.


Fixed compatibility issue with the new version of the grid.


Minor UI bug fixed.


Minor UI issue fixed.
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