External Access Links Manager

External Access Links Manager

Win64, English

Mike Richardson Design
Interrogate and Manage Links in Autodesk® Revit® projects without having to open them.

General Usage Instructions

Running the application:

Open Revit

Click on the 'Add-Ins' tab.

Under the 'MRD Tools' section click on the 'Links Manager' dropdown button (This button should always be available. i.e. also when there are no Revit documents open).


Standard Tool (One Revit project at a time)

Click on the 'Links Manager' button from the dropdown list

The Links Manager interface should appear.

Browse for your project by clicking the 'Browse Project' Button (Top left). (1)

When a project has been selected the form will populate with that projects link data.


Batch Tool (Multiple Revit projects at once)

Click on the 'Links Manager Batch' button from the dropdown list

The Batch Links Manager interface should appear.

Browse for a Folder containing Revit projects by clicking the 'Browse Folder' Button (Top left). (8). If you'd like to include sub-directories in the search then check the 'Search Subdirectories' checkbox (use this option wisely as it will take time to process many files).

When a folder has been selected, the Folder Contents form will populate with the Revit projects within that folder (and its sub-directories if that option was used).

Select which projects you would like to process by using the checkboxes within the forms ((9) 'To Process' column).

Alternatively, use the 'Check All / None Files' checkbox, or select multiple rows and use the 'Uncheck / Check Selected Rows' buttons (11).

Click the 'Fix File Selection Choice' button (10)

The Link Information form will populate with each of the projects link data.


Interrogating the links:

4 tabs will be present, separating out the different types of links. Revit, Cad, Dwf and Other.

Note that IFC and Point cloud links are not supported and will not appear.

The Other links section will list things like keynote and classification files.

The Revit, Cad and Dwf tabs are each split in to 2 lists.

The upper list gives the status of the links when the project was last saved.

The lower list initially shows you the state the links will be upon opening the project next time (named from now on as 'the desired status').

The 'Generate Text File - Current Status' and 'Export All Paths to Excel' buttons on the lower left hand side can be used to generate a tab delimited txt file or an Excel file listing the data shown. (2)


Making changes:

In the lower list:

Use the checkboxes in the 'Is Loaded' column to set each link to be loaded or unloaded. (3)

Alternatively, use the 'Unload All' and 'Load All' checkboxes (13), or select multiple rows and use the 'Unload / Load Selected Rows' buttons (14) to change the status of multiple links at once.

Use the buttons in the 'Repath' column to individually re-path each link. (4)

If you want to re-path all links of a particular type to a single folder, use the 'Browse Folder' button (5) on the lower bar and check the 'Repath All ** Links' checkbox.

Alternatively, select multiple rows and use the 'Repath Selected Rows' button. You can reset the paths to what they were originally by clicking the 'Reset Paths' button (15).

Once you have finished making changes you can commit those changes by pressing the 'Make Changes' button (lower right). Checking the associated checkbox will create and open a text file listing your changes. (6)


Selecting another project (Standard Tool):

If you want to interrogate another project, click the 'Browse Project' Button (Top left) and the current data shown will be replaced with your next project (1).


Clearing the file selection choice (Batch Tool):

If you would like to clear the file selection choice and / or browse to another folder, click the 'Clear File Selection Choice' button (12) and either browse to another folder or make changes using the checkboxes (9 or 11)


Closing the Interface:

At any point, pressing the 'Close' button (lower right) will exit the application. (7)

Note that any changes made must be committed by pressing the 'Make Changes' button if you wish for those changes to be saved before the application is closed.


Important points to Note: 

Using this tool with a workshared project - Changes made to a workshared project will set the project to a transmitted state. When opening the project next time it will ask you whether to 'save this model as a central model in its current location' or 'work with this model temporarily'


Ribbon/Toolbar Icon Command Command Description

Links Manager

Use this Links Manager Tool to Review, Repath, Load and Unload Links in Revit Projects Without Having to Open them


The installer that ran when you downloaded this app/plug-in from Autodesk App Store will start installing the app/plug-in. OR, simply double-click the downloaded installer to install the app/plugin.

To uninstall this plug-in, exit the Autodesk product if you are currently running it, simply rerun the installer, and select the "Uninstall" button. OR, click Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features (Windows 7/8.1/10/11) and uninstall as you would any other application from your system.

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Company Name: Mike Richardson Design

Author/Company Information

Mike Richardson Design

Version History

Version Number Version Description


Updated to work with Revit 2024


Updated to work with Revit 2023


Updated to work with Revit 2022


Updated to work with Revit 2021


Updated to work with Autodesk® Revit® 2020


Updated to work with Autodesk® Revit® 2019 Additions: Export to Excel Re-path and Load / Unload Links by Selecting Multiple Rows Batch Tool - Check / Uncheck Files by Selecting Multiple Rows Batch Tool - Search Sub-directories Option Resizable Split Panels Relative Link Re-pathing (when 'Path Type' is Relative)


Updated to work with Autodesk® Revit® 2018 Batch Tool Added (Process All Revit® Projects in a Folder) Check All / None Checkboxes Added for Loading / Unloading Links
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