Archicad is a powerful BIM software that allows you to design, document and collaborate on architectural projects. But did you know that you can also extend its functionality with various add-ons? Add-ons are specific products that enhance Archicad with additional features and capabilities, such as parametric design, MEP modeling, geometry exchange, rendering and more.
In this article, we will show you how to download and install some of the most popular and useful add-ons for Archicad, created by Graphisoft and third-party developers. You will need a valid Archicad license and an internet connection to access these add-ons.
Add-ons by Graphisoft
Graphisoft offers a range of add-ons for Archicad that are free to download and use for Archicad users. Here are some of them:
PARAM-O: This add-on allows you to quickly create custom objects and building elements without writing any code or script. You can use a graphical interface to define parameters and constraints for your objects, and then drag and drop them into your Archicad project. Learn more at [^1^].
RFA & RVT Geometry Exchange: This add-on enables you to import RFA (Revit Families) into your Archicad project as objects, including doors and windows. You can also hotlink, import and export RVT geometry (Revit projects) in and out of Archicad. This is useful for interoperability and collaboration with Revit users. Download it at [^1^].
Archicad Connection plugin for Autodesk Revit: This add-on improves the IFC model-based and bi-directional data exchange between Archicad and Revit. It allows you to export and import IFC files with better quality and accuracy. Download it at [^1^].
Datasmith Exporter: This add-on allows you to easily convert and import your 3D scene directly into Unreal Engine 5 or Twinmotion, simplifying the optimization process in the CAD data pipeline. You can create stunning visualizations and immersive experiences with these tools. Download it at [^1^].
Goodies: These are free add-ons developed by Graphisoft to complete Archicad with specific abilities and features, such as 3D Studio In, Interior Wizard, Mesh to Roof Tool. You can find them at [^1^].
Rhino â Grasshopper â Archicad Toolset: This add-on allows you to connect Archicad with the modeling power of Rhino and Grasshopper. You can use parametric design, generative algorithms, complex forms and data-driven solutions in your Archicad project. Download it at [^1^].
Solibri Connection: This add-on provides fast and automated code- and constructability checking. It integrates Archicad with Solibri, a cloud- and BCF-based issue management system. You can transfer your building model to Solibri with one click, detect and assign issues, and sync them back to Archicad. Download it at [^1^].
MEP Modeler: This add-on enables you to create and edit 3D model-based MEP networks (ductwork, pipework and cabling) and coordinate them within the Archicad Virtual Building. It uses a familiar interface and tools integrated right in the Archicad environment. This add-on is included since Archicad 24. Download it at [^1^].
Library Part Maker: This add-on simplifies and streamlines the creation of custom GDL-based Library Parts. It offers students, manufacturers and architects an interactive Library element creation tool without any knowledge of GDL programming. Download it at [^1^].
Cinema 4D: This add-on allows you to send the whole Archicad project to Cinema 4D, where you can take advantage of its animation and rendering capabilities. You can create photorealistic images, videos, panoramas and VR scenes with Cinema 4D. Learn more at [^1^].