Free software extensions to proprietary software

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Although the following software packages are legally free software by thesmelves, they are practically only capable of operating in conjunction with proprietary software. In the software industry, culturally this type of software would usually not be considered free software due to their dependency on proprietary software. However, we are happy to document them here to help demonstrate the impact and reach of open source.

See more about the type of free software that OSArch supports.

Icon Name Description License
BCFier See also Revit extensions. Create and open BIM Collaboration Format (BCF) files directly within Autodesk Revit. With BCFier you can create issues of 3D and 2D* views, add multiple views and comments to an issue and easily share them with other team members. BCFier also features a standalone Windows app that lets you review BCF files without the need of third party tools. GPL-3.0
CarboLifeCalculator.png CarboLifeCalc Carbo Life Calculator is the perfect tool to calculate the embodied carbon in a building with a single press of a button. Using data from EPD's or self-defined materials & values, the Carbo Life Calculator automatically interprets your Autodesk® Revit® model and presents you its embodied carbon. See also MIT
BridgeLink BridgeLink is a suite of open source bridge engineering software tools. These tools are heavily dependent on Microsoft Visual Studio, ATL and MFC libraries, and Objective Grid (a third-party grid control). For this reason BridgeLink is listed here. The BridgeLink suite consists of Barlist for estimating reinforcement steel quantities, BEToolbox a collection of utility programs including biaxial column analysis and pretensioned girder lateral stability analysis, PGSuper for design, analysis, and load rating of precast, prestressed concrete bridge girder superstructures, PGSplice for design and load rating of precast, post-tensioned spliced bridge girder superstructures using non-linear time-step analysis, and XBeamRate for load rating reinforced concrete pier cross beams. Design specifications are limited to the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications and the AASHTO Manual for Bridge Evaluation. Alternate Route Open Source License
Dynamo logo.png Dynamo See also Revit extensions. Dynamo extends building information modeling with the data and logic environment of a graphical algorithm editor. Dynamo is an open source tool, built on a community that contributes to making it better. Apache-2.0
Grevit.png Grevit See also Revit extensions. "Build your BIM Model directly in Grasshopper. Grevit allows you to define BIM Elements in Grasshopper or SketchUp and translate them directly to Autodesk Revit or AutoCad Architecture. Grevit follows a one way process so your design model remains the geometrical source of truth: send geometry and attributes from Rhino/Grassopper or SketchUp to Autodesk Revit or ACA." MIT
HOK-Revit-Addins See also Revit extensions. HOK-Revit-Addins A description is missing MIT
iModelJS JavaScript libraries to create immersive connections with your infrastructure digital twin, powered by Bentley Systems. MIT
Import Export Excel Revit addin for exporting and importing data with Autodesk Revit. Originally developed by BimOne Inc. MIT
Meshroom Meshroom Meshroom is a free, open-source 3D Reconstruction Software based on the AliceVision Photogrammetric Computer Vision framework. Requirement: NVIDIA CUDA-enabled GPU source MPL-2.0
Icon OpenProject 64x64.png OpenProject Revit Add-In The OpenProject Revit Add-In allows you to use the open source project management software OpenProject BIM directly within your Autodesk Revit environment. This program originally based on the excellent BCFier but then moved into a new direction. source GPL-3.0
PyRevit.svg PyRevit See also Revit extensions. pyRevit (with lowercase py) is a Rapid Application Prototyping (RAD) environment for Autodesk Revit®. It helps you quickly sketch out your automation and add-on ideas, in whichever language that you are most comfortable with, inside the Revit environment and using its APIs. It also ships with an extensive set of powerful tools that showcase its capabilities as a development environment. See also Revit extensions & PyRevitMEP - MEP Extensions for PyRevit. GPL-3.0
RelayForRevit.svg Relay for Revit See also Revit extensions. Relay aims to allow you to add Dynamo graphs *(.dyn files)* to your ribbon as push button tools. This is achieved by launching Dynamo in the background (UI-Less) and running the given Dynamo graph. GPL-3.0-only
revit-ifc See also Revit extensions. This is the .NET code used by Revit 2019 and Revit LT 2019 to support IFC. The open source version can override the version that comes standard with shipped Revit. This contains the source code for Link IFC, IFC export and the IFC export UI. LGPL-2.0
RhinoInsideRevitLogo.png Rhino Inside Rhino.Inside is an open source Rhino WIP project which allows Rhino and Grasshopper to run inside other 64-bit Windows applications such as Revit, AutoCAD, etc. MIT
xBIM Xplorer XbimXplorer XbimXplorer is a Windows-only viewer capable of loading IFC2x3 and IFC4 models, and has a modular infrastructure to load plugins. Features include IFC Schema Validation, Querying syntax for data extraction, IFC stripping and Federated model loading (beta, with known issues). CDDL
Qex See also Revit extensions. Qex is a Revit plugin that obtains all the information from a BIM Model and creates a Quantity takeoff automatically. GPL-3.0
UniversoBIM Tablas See also Revit extensions. UniversoBIM Tablas is an addin for Revit that allows you to automatically create the model schedules and export them to Excel. GPL-3.0

Proprietary software and OpenBIM[edit]

The following software has some OpenBIM functionality documented on this site.

Icon Name Description License
Logo-graphisoft-archicad.png ArchiCAD ArchiCAD is a leading commercial BIM authoring software. They have traditionally been supportive of OpenBIM initiatives and early to certify their Industry_Foundation_Classes_(IFC) exports[] Proprietary
Icon Revit.png Autodesk Revit See also Revit extensions category, Autodesk Revit category & Extensions to proprietary software. Autodesk Revit is leading commercial BIM authoring software. Proprietary
Autodesk Inventor Autodesk Inventor is a computer-aided design application for 3D mechanical design, simulation, visualization, and documentation. Proprietary
BIM GeomGym IFC "OpenBIM addon for Rhinoceros_3D and Grasshopper enabling IFC (Industry Foundation Class) model to be generated and exchanged to ArchiCAD, Revit, Bently, Tekla and any other BIM software with IFC capability." Proprietary
Icon rhinoceros 3d 64x64.png Rhinoceros_3D Rhino3D) is a versatile generic NERBS modelling 3D computer graphics and computer-aided design (CAD) application software. Proprietary