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:
- Log-in to myarchicad.com (or register if you haven’t already).
- 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.
- 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).
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?