What Version Of Revit
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How To Find Out What Version Of Revit A File Is Without Opening Revit

As we all know, Autodesk bring out a new version of Revit every year. I for one have multiple versions of Revit loaded, as I have worked on a lot of different projects over the years. Existing projects can be upgraded to the newest version of Revit, but this can create issues with other consultants involved and what version of Revit they are running. As such, it is extremely frustrating opening an old project and trying to guess which version of Revit it is! Figuring out the Revit file version of a project is is not so simple, and may mean opening the project with each version of Revit to find out. What a pain!

*NOTE* – There are Revit Plug ins and Extension tools available which can directly display the Revit version of a file (See comments below). This blog posts shows you how to do it without downloading these.

What Version Of Revit

Finding what version of revit a file is without opening Revit

If you right click on a .rvt file and click properties, it only gives you the Date created and the Date modified. To find out what Revit Version the .rvt file is (without opening Revit) we open the .rvt file using Notepad.

What Version Of Revit

This bring ups a text file with a whole lot of gobbledygook! That’s OK, what we then have to do is go to the Edit menu and then click Find.. (or just press CTRL+F on the keyboard)

What Version Of Revit

This brings up a search bar. Here you want to type “B u i l d” into the search bar and click Find Next. Note you need a space between the letters e.g B [space] u [space] i [space] l [space] d

What Version Of Revit

This then finds the word “Build” amongst the gobbledygook. If you look directly to the left before Build you will see the Version that the Revit file is. In this example it is a Revit 2018 project. Woooh!

Doing this can save a lot of time if you have no idea what version a revit file is. It saves you from having to open the file with different versions of Revit, which can become time consuming if you guess the wrong one!

To save you from coming across this problem in the future, I have found it best to include the Revit Version in the Title of your Revit file. e.g “[Job No]_[Job Title]_[Revit Version]” or to at least  have it written down or saved in your project folder. It is very frustrating trying to remember and check what version of Revit a file is!!

If you have any other tips or methods to check the revit file version then please share them in the comments below!


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Structural Revit Technician and BIM/Drafting Manager from New Zealand. Founder of revitIQ.com

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  1. Vladimir Michl

    You can also use the RVTshellExt shell extension which directly displays the originating Revit version. See https://www.cadforum.cz/cadforum_en/how-to-find-the-revit-version-used-to-save-a-rfa-rvt-file-tip11228

  2. Jean-Marc Couffin

    Faster, You could also install the trial of CTC revit express tools and then use the right click feature in Windows and get a new line for Revit properties and get the version of the revit file you are right clicking and even open directly from there with the right version of revit.

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  4. parag satardekar

    Thanks Karl, for this suggestion. Very helpful and easy to use method. Something i have been looking for a long. As its not always possible to install the add ins for everyone.
    Fortunately In Revit 2019 new feature is launched in which Revit version of the file is displayed below the preview tab of FILE>OPEN> (Click on File name ) dialogue box.

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