IFC Exporter 2013

IFC Exporter 2013

Autodesk, Inc.



The IFC exporter 2013 contains up-to-date improvements on the default IFC export capabilities of Autodesk® Revit® contributed by Autodesk and our Open Source contributors. While this app is not necessary for IFC support, it is recommended that users that depend on the quality of their IFC export download this app and keep it up-to-date, as new enhancements and defect fixes are added, For more information on IFC, please visit the buildingSMART website ( http://buildingsmart.org) or the Revit wiki ( http://wikihelp.autodesk.com/enu).

Read Help Document

About This Version

Version 2.17.0, 4/12/2016


- A lot of changes have been made to make the IFC exporter create better COBie data, and work more closely with the new COBie exporter, found at http://www.autodesk.com/content/dam/autodesk/www/campaigns/interoperability/COBieExtensionSetup_v1.0.exe.  Note that the COBie
exporter is for 2014 only, but the changes to create better COBie data were ported to the 2013 IFC exporter also.  Please see the SourceForge wiki for more information.

New Functionality

- Add support for IfcActorRole.
- Add support for IfcBuildingElementProxyType (for IFC2x3 only; not supported in IFC2x2).
- Add some support for IfcRailingType (not for all cases).
- Add classifications to IfcBuildingStorey, IfcSystem and IfcZone.
- Allow some proxies to be parts of MEP IfcSystems.
- Better naming of distribution ports (Revit connectors), consistent with COBie requirements.
- Get COBie contact information from the new COBie toolkit if it is available.
- Remove use of .ELEMENT. for IfcBuildingElementProxy, which is obsolete in IFC4.
- Set the description of connection types for wall connections consistent with COBie requirements.
- Support export of user defined property sets.

Bug Fixes

- Don't stop looking for custom classification codes when an empty classification code is found; check all 10.
- Set ceilings as space boundaries regardless of which MVD is being used.
- Use correct family type when creating classification information for types.

Customer Reviews

(12 reviews)


Get Technical Help
  • Big problem
    An Nguyen Phuoc | October 07, 2014 Verified Download (What's this?)

    I have 02 big problems. When check "Export Solid Models when possible", some elements position is wrong. When check "Export internal Revit property sets", the workset value is wrong. It just a number instead of a string (e.g. ARK_workset)

    Angel Velez (Publisher) | October 07, 2014

    Hi, for the first issue, this will be addressed in the next version of the 2014 and 2015 exporters. Note that this is an advanced setting that can create geometry that is a mixture of BReps and extrusions that isn't standard for IFC 2x3 Coordination View; if you remove the checkbox, the only difference is that your file may be larger and contain more BReps. For the second issue, it is likely that the workset value is actually an enumeration instead of an actual name of a workset. I'll look to see if there is an improvement available to export the name instead of the number.

  • not working
    Rob Robert | January 27, 2014 Verified Download (What's this?)

    I've tried to download the exporter update. I can't seem to get it to work....at all. we have Revit 2013 (Architecture) and the IFC symbol is "greyed out". what gives?

    Rob Robert | January 27, 2014

    alright folks....I have no idea if i was able to edit my review but.... the IFC exporter worked fine. I was doing an incorrect procedure. it appears you can NOT create an IFC file from an RFA (families) file. you need to load the families file into an RVT (project) file and then create that IFC export. Sorry....was my bad. I give the converter a 5 star...it's working fine.

  • Not Exporting Gridlines
    Hurnake Johal | December 12, 2013 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Hi Angel, I've downloaded and installed the IFC Exporter due to reviews suggesting that Gridlines can be exported. I've tried exporting my revit model into IFC format but fail to gain any success with gridlines. I've changed/map the IFC Export options for Grids to Ifcgrid, but still no joy. Can you please advise how I can export grids...am I missing something simple? Your prompt response will be highly appreciated.

  • Failed to install newer version
    simo anttilainen | September 27, 2013 Verified Download (What's this?)

    After installing I get an error message. "Failed to initialize the add-in "IFCExporterUI" because the assembly ".\ADSK-IFCExporterUI.dll" does not exist." I'm stuck with the older version (Revit IFC Export Alternate UI 2013 app ver

  • Require setting for Units while IFC export.
    Jignesh Mistri | April 18, 2013 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Hi Angel, The unit setting is not working correct for Area and Volume while export IFC file from Revit 2013. Suppose ,i have select the Length unit as 'Millimeter', Area unit as 'Square Meter' and Volume unit as 'Cubic Meter'. But when i export the file in IFC 2X3, it is exporting all length unit as 'Millimeter', Area unit as 'Square Millimeter' and Volume unit as 'Cubic Millimeter'. If i change only length unit as 'CentiMeter' in Revit and the Ifc file will export with length unit as 'Centimeter', Area unit as 'Square Centimeter' and Volume unit as 'Cubic Centimeter'. Means its considering the Lengthunit as priority for other related quantitative units for Area and Volume. Which looks Wrong. Actually the IFC (IFC 2X3) file should be export with the same quantitative units adjusted in Revit. Jignesh Mistri

  • problem with the Z-coordinate?
    Rikard Matson | March 11, 2013 Verified Download (What's this?)

    experiencing trouble with exports not finding their proper Z-coordinate with this add-in. Automatically changes the Z-coordinate of project base point to 0..

  • Analytical model or architectural model???
    Walter Rustler | January 25, 2013 Verified Download (What's this?)

    It is great that such tools are provided. However, it is important to know which view is supported with this interface and if the Structural Analysis Domain and/or the the Architecture Domain is implemented. Most IFC interfaces support only Architecture Domain and not Structural Analysis Domain. Therefore it is difficult or impossible to use IFC files that are including only entities of the Architecture Domain in structural analysis programs. Is there an option to export the analytical model of Revit Structure with this interface?

  • IFC export improved
    Carl Veillette | January 24, 2013 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Better then the out-of-the box export.

  • Responses to the various comments.
    Angel Velez | January 23, 2013 Verified Download (What's this?)

    @Jignesh:You have correctly found a limitation of the Revit 2013 exporter. Unfortunately, 2013 doesn’t really have the API to get around the issue – but Revit 2014 does, so when Revit 2014 is available, consider upgrading and getting the 2014 version of the exporter. @Rikard: We are looking into a way to have better support for project vs. shared coordinates. @Walter: the current exporter only does Architecture Domain - we have not yet done a Structural Analysis export. Note that this app is based on the Open Source IFC export project based in SourceForge: http://sourceforge.net/projects/ifcexporter/files/ where you can download the source code itself and even add Structural Analysis support. If you want to join the discussion at the SourceForge site, I would be happy to answer in more detail there and enter a ticket to log your concern. @Jinhoon (and Miles), this exporter seemlessly replaces the IFC export that comes built-in with Revit. As such, it can be difficult to know if it "did anything". As of version 2.5, the version of the exporter is included in the IFC file, so if you do an export of anything and look at the FILE_NAME line, you will see something like: FILE_NAME('FileName.ifc','2013-01-15T08:46:22',(''),(''),'Autodesk Revit 2013','20121003_2115(x64) - Exporter - Alternate UI',''); This will let you know what version of the exporter you are using. If you are very interested in finding out where the DLLs live, search for BIM.IFC.addin and IFCExporterUI.addin; they will contain the paths to the DLLs. (Sorry I do not see a way to respond without giving a rating - I chose 3 stars as the middle value.)

  • still not fully dependable
    Mats Romblad | October 25, 2012 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Better than the built in exporter. IFC exporter for revit still isn't fully dependable though. Having problems with openings not exported properly and such.

  • IFC Exporter
    Jinhoon Lee | July 25, 2012 Verified Download (What's this?)

    How can I begin to use this exporter?? I did the same thing with Miles Walker but no more. I installed but didn't find any new files, folders, etc. Is there anyone who knows how to use it???

  • Miles Walker | March 29, 2012 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Installed in RVT2013 Trial _560141e0-8367-44ca-9d52-edf6369f4826_AutodeskIFCExporterforRevit.msi Clicked on Add In just says "IFC Exporter for Revit ver has been installed" Should I be expecting more? If I export IFC via Export\IFC no apparent difference.

Go top