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How to Export IFC from ArchiCAD

In this tutorial we will take you through the steps to export an IFC file from ArchiCAD. Then you can begin exploring the benefits of our service. If you don’t yet have an account, simply start a FREE 14 DAY TRIAL!

There are multiple ways to export an IFC file from ArchiCAD:

  1. File > Save as… > Save as type: IFC Files (*.ifc)
  2. To add certain elements from project to existing, unopened IFC file
    File > Interoperability > IFC > merge to IFC model…

More info on IFC export from ArchiCAD



1. Go to File > Save as…

2. Chose a filename and save as type: IFC Files (*.ifc)

3. By default you should use “Translator: General Export”, check out “Options…” menu to make sure you have the correct settings
Model View Definition: Coordination View Version 2.0
IFC Schema: IFC2x3
Geometry Conversion: Parametric extruded geometry

4. After checking the options click “OK”, and “Save”

Possible problems with export:

  • If your model has noticable geometry problems, walls flipping external and internal surfaces, missing composite structure of slabs or incorrect composite layer merging in corners, you might want to try another export method.In File > Save as… > Save as type: IFC Files (*.ifc) select different translator Exact Geometry Export

Note that not all ArchiCAD objects can be exported in IFC. IFC 2×3 schema does not support export of native ArchiCAD Lamp (light source) objects.

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