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RVT File Extension

Revit Project Format
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What is RVT file?

Files with .RVT extension store parametric 3D construction models created with Autodesk Revit, a BIM software. RVT project files can comprise of:

  • Floor plans,
  • Building designs,
  • Walls, sections, elevations,
  • Cross-sections.

RVT files can be used to generate 3D views of models, as well as edit projects interactively by adding objects and modifying parameters. Information about given model’s components are saved as a part of component’s own data.

RVT files also store metadata and other information about projects. RVT files can be created using premade elements (BIM objects), either created by users or shipped with Revit. RVT files can only be opened with Autodesk Revit or compatible RVT file browser. Project views may be exported to 2D/3D DWG files.

Revit software was acquired by Autodesk in 2002. Autodesk collected smaller applications and updated some core functions to create a comprehensive modeling software package and released it in 2013 under the name Revit. Revit allows various specialist to collaborate on a joint project.

Programs which support RVT file extension

The following listing features RVT-compatible programs. RVT files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.

Programs that support RVT file

Updated: 05/17/2023

How to open file with RVT extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening RVT files on given system. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to Revit Project Format files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.

Step 1. Install Revit Architecture software

Install software to open RVT file The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports RVT files installed on the system. This issue can be addressed by downloading and installing Revit Architecture or different compatible program, such as Revit Structure. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. The safest method of downloading Revit Architecture installed is by going to developer’s website (Autodesk, Inc.) and downloading the software using provided links.

Step 2. Check the version of Revit Architecture and update if needed

Update software that support file extension RVTIf the problems with opening RVT files still occur even after installing Revit Architecture, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of Revit Architecture is available. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. The reason that Revit Architecture cannot handle files with RVT may be that the software is outdated. The latest version of Revit Architecture should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Associate Revit Project Format files with Revit Architecture

If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate RVT files with latest version of Revit Architecture you have installed on your device. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent

Associate software with RVT file on Windows

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Clicking the RVT with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • Next, select the Choose another app option and then using More apps open the list of available applications
  • Finally select Look for another app on this PC, point to the folder where Revit Architecture is installed, check the Always use this app to open RVT files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button
Associate software with RVT file on Mac

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • Right-click the RVT file and select Information
  • Open the Open with section by clicking its name
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with RVT extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Verify that the RVT is not faulty

Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the RVT file is valid. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.

Check RVT file for viruses
1. The RVT may be infected with malware – make sure to scan it with an antivirus tool.

Should it happed that the RVT is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. Scan the RVT file as well as your computer for malware or viruses. RVT file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

2. Ensure the file with RVT extension is complete and error-free

If you obtained the problematic RVT file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. It could happen the the download process of file with RVT extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

3. Check if the user that you are logged as has administrative privileges.

Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the Revit Project Format file.

4. Make sure that the system has sufficient resources to run Revit Architecture

If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with RVT extension. In this case close the other applications.

5. Verify that your operating system and drivers are up to date

Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with Revit Project Format file. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle RVT files.

Conversion of a RVT file

File Conversions from RVT extension to a different format
File conversions from other format to RVT file
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