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Old ArchiCAD Libraries Available for EVERYONE!

We all now know about the free file converters that allow us to open old ArchiCAD files, but what about digging up old libraries…

Did you know you can download ALL the old ArchiCAD libraries? Well all the libraries from 4.55 to 9.0. ArchiCAD 10 to ArchiCAD 14 libraries are included in ArchiCAD 15 as Migration Libraries, so you don’t need to download them in their entirety. I believe all versions starting with ArchiCAD 11 come with migration libraries for ArchiCAD 10 and above.

I wish I knew about these library downloads 6 months ago when I was trying to look at an old 6.5 file. It was a pain because I could open the file with 8.1, but I didn’t have the old libraries on either my machine or the server. Oh well. I know now. This just reminds me that Graphisoft has a ton of useful information out there for us. Sometimes it’s just a treasure hunt to find them.

Here are the links:



I presume there are similar links for the other language versions of ArchiCAD. If you find them, let me know and I’ll add them to the list above.

UPDATE 12/03/2013: Need other ArchiCAD Libraries? Maybe ones from other language versions? Or perhaps a library since ArchiCAD 12? Myarchicad.com has your answer. From that site you can download all sorts of old versions. To get access to older versions and other versions, here’s an excerpt from a post I wrote on BIM Engine (which is worth a read because it talks about repairing ArchiCAD installations that are not working properly).

…you can just download the old installation files from myarchicad.com. To access old versions here’s what you do:

  1. Log-in to myarchicad.com (or register if you haven’t already).
  2. go to: https://myarchicad.com/profile/acXX.aspx. Replace the XX with the version number you need. So for ArchiCAD 16, you’d type …/profile/ac16.aspx.
  3. Download.
  4. Follow the steps above to repair or install the old version.

This trick currently works back to ArchiCAD 12…It’s also worth noting that this technique gives you access to other language versions of previous ArchiCAD versions, if you want to try those out in demo mode. Or if you want to see what another version’s library looks like.

In short, regardless of the version of ArchiCAD you use, be responsible for having access to that version of ArchiCAD. Always. You know, until your machine dies and you can’t find a machine that can run such an old version of ArchiCAD. Oh and there are a few older versions of ArchiCAD you can download. Here’s a link to the File Converters.

Once you install the old version, you can grab the library from the application folder and either uninstall the version or leave it on your computer for its nostalgic value. You might also want to install the latest library hotfixes as well before you grab what you want (here’s the link for old hotfixes). You can use this same trick to get access to other localized Templates too. (read this post for more on that).

ArchiCAD Library

UPDATE 04/11/2015: Need the INT or USA Library for the current version of ArchiCAD (ArchiCAD 18 as of this update)? I can help you out. Check out the Shoegnome Open Template FAQ for download links. You are familiar with the Shoegnome Open Template, right?

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  • August 11, 2011

    Was version 4.55 Mac only?. The library for windows users is “coming soon”. 😉

  • August 12, 2011

    Ender Aydin

    Maybe you should update the link for INT.html


  • July 10, 2012


    Question: I have now ArchiCad 15 .. but old projects with ArchiCad 11 and 14 libraries.. but I can’t see the objects! Anyone knows what can I do?

  • October 30, 2012


    can i load archicad15 library on archicad 16?

  • December 11, 2012


    I was working on an Acad15 project on Windows 7 and when I opened it with Acad15 on my mac it said some of the library parts were missing. How can I resolve this?

  • March 25, 2013

    Hi! I know this is kind of an old post already but I was searching online for how to download the US library and this came up in the results.
    I’m based in the Philippines and using the International version, but I found that the Electrical Symbols included are British/European symbols. In our country we mostly follow the US Electrical Symbols.
    So now I was hoping that I could download the US Library for AC16… Any ideas? Or is it possible for me just to get the Electrical Symbols from the US Library 16?
    Thanks and would appreciate any insights on this.

  • June 8, 2013

    P. Michael Fisher

    How come the USA version of ArchiCAD 16 does not have the “Basic Window” folder that is included in the INT version…? Can I get them into my USA Library (In fact I just now noticed there are a lot of differences between the two window libraries) I used ArchiCAD 15 USA version, then we upgraded to ArchiCAD 16 INT. I thought the new Basic Windows available in that version were the new standard across the board. So I had to manually change all of our projects windows because the INT Library was Different. Now we are going to move back to ArchiCAD 17 USA, am I going to have the reverse issue now with the Libraries…?

  • November 10, 2013


    I downloaded the 6.5 library and added it using lib manager ( I am running archicad 9)
    still comes up with a number of dots indicating missing lib parts. what am I doing wrong ?

  • December 3, 2013

    Nathan Hildebrandt

    There are a few things to reduce risks of not being able to get your hands on library parts on your old projects. Firstly save PLA files at all critical stages during the project and Secondly we have all the libraries from previous releases kept on our BIM Servers as a BIM Server Library therefore if someone needs to call upon an old Library you just load it is a BIM Server Library. For further risk management make sure that the libraries are saved in a second location and are part of a back up process, BIM Server Hardware failures aren’t fun to fix and having all your backups in place make it easy to rebuild.


  • December 18, 2013



    I’ve just upgraded from AC 15 to AC16, when i opened up my project the first time in 16 it was complete so then i deleted AC 15 from my machine, when i now open up my project the windows and doors are missing, is their any where i van get the missing AC15 library. i have completely deleted it and don’t have another copy. dumb i know, lesson learnt. i have searched every where. on mac.


  • May 1, 2014


    i have archicad 15 and have used 11 prior for some reason i dont have any lamps for ceilings in my libraries. i downloaded some grom BIM websites i can use them but have to search for the file every time

    how can i get the lights that come with A15 or prior and for the downloads to stay on list???

      • May 1, 2014


        v11 was used on a different computer so i know the exist. but on mine the lights are a no show. teh only lights i have used are the ones i downloaded and i have to load then copy paste to project since they aren’t found directly

        also get… archicad 15 libraries duplicate message every time i open program

  • May 1, 2014


    sounds simple

    how do i do that

  • May 8, 2014


    Does anyone know if these older library archives have added GUID reference numbers for use in AC7+?
    The developer menu of the migration gave an error notice of about 50% GUID failure rate of my last attempted object upgrade.

      • May 8, 2014


        …dear santa…

  • November 19, 2014

    Where can I find more objects?

  • December 16, 2014


    I have a problem….
    is it possible to load an newer library to an older version and if yes how is it possible?
    download the ifc file, load it with libray manager but does not load anything!

      • December 16, 2014


        im been trying all day now!
        anyway…i ll use the ones my versions has!

  • January 14, 2015

    Takn J Carter

    Is there any one who can help me with how or from which site should i get free archicad stair type and handrails please?

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