Bird Tools - CAD Link Opener

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Bird Tools - CAD Link Opener is a free Autodesk® Revit® application that adds a DWG link opening functionality that was previously non-existent.


When this command is executed, the user selects the DWG link and it will open in a new Autodesk® AutoCAD® (or any other DWG viewer/editor that the user has associated with the DWG filetype) instance in case it is not already running. Otherwise, the aforementioned file will be opened in the already running instance of the process. Both Desktop and cloud (Autodesk® BIM 360®) hosted dwg links are supported.


Such a feature proves to be helpful whenever the user needs to edit the currently linked DWG, by automatically opening this file for him/her and thus saving him/her some time and effort.


Revit 2018-2019-2020-2021-2022-2023-2024-2025 editions are all supported.


Note: This app uses a custom installer (and not the standard App Store installer).

About This Version

Version 6.0, 7/3/2024
- Added support for Revit 2025. - Upgraded the app to be compatible with .NET 8 (Revit 2025+). - Added the ability to directly open already selected CAD Links. - Added the command to the Right Click context menu whenever a CAD Link is selected (Revit 2025+). - Implemented multiple optimizations, error loggers, and minor fixes.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Can we get this for 2023?
    Evan Stravers | April 04, 2023 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Love this plugin, but starting a new project in Revit 2023 and really wanting it to work with linked site DWGs. Would love an updated version that provides 2023 support.

    Bird Tools (Publisher) | May 15, 2023

    Thank you for your 5-star review! Definitely, a version with 2023 and 2024 support is now available on our website. It has also been just submitted here as well and will be coming soon to the Autodesk App Store. You may find our website here:

    Eduardo Gómez | September 16, 2022 Verified Download (What's this?)






    Bird Tools (Publisher) | October 30, 2022

    Your support is greatly appreciated Eduardo! The 2023 version of the tool is coming very soon to the Autodesk App Store. It has already been published on our website and you may download it there in the meantime: Cheers!

  • Its amazing!
    Igor Igoryan | May 05, 2022

    I use your tool for  three year!

    Bird Tools (Publisher) | October 30, 2022

    Thank you Igor! You're the one that's amazing!

  • Good Tool
    Linh Nguyen | January 25, 2022 Verified Download (What's this?)


    Bird Tools (Publisher) | October 30, 2022

    You're most welcome! Cheers!

  • Very useful
    Mariana Jimenez | October 21, 2020


    Bird Tools (Publisher) | October 22, 2020

    Always happy to help and thank you for reporting your issue, which enabled us to investigate and include BIM 360 support, which will be a feature coming very soon with v2.0

  • Works Perfect! Great Tool
    David Euring | January 24, 2020

    If you are using cad linked in your revit model this is your tool to open it quicker. Nice app! 

    Bird Tools (Publisher) | October 22, 2020

    Thanks for your positive review David!

  • Parfait
    Cyprien Pierre | November 25, 2019

    Super simple

    Fonctionne parfaitement

    Bird Tools (Publisher) | October 22, 2020


  • amazing
    eng mahdy18 | June 26, 2019

    Very useful tool, Thanks Bird

    Bird Tools (Publisher) | June 29, 2019

    You're Welcome!

    Shane Scanlon | June 25, 2019

    Fantastic Add-in, very handy!! great job guys.

    can i suggest an addition to this tool:

    when the selected .dwg file is opened in autocad and then saved, the user is prompted in revit 'Would like to re-load the saved .dwg file' this would be take the add-in to the next level.



    Bird Tools (Publisher) | June 29, 2019

    Thank you for your review and for your suggestion! It will be considered and if feasible added to the next version.Stay tuned for more updates!

  • Neat tool
    Tristan Cairney | March 19, 2019

    Neat tool that works well!

    Bird Tools (Publisher) | April 14, 2019

    Thank you for your kind words! Check out our other apps for more free stuff and for other cheap and efficient tools!

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