File Upgrader for Revit 2013

Autodesk have published an add-in for Revit 2013 that automates the upgrading of RFA, template and RVT files.Go here.

File Upgrader will batch upgrade previous versions of Revit files to the Revit 2013 format. The tool is intended to help upgrade family contents, template files as well as project files. Every time users open a Revit file which was saved in a previous version of Revit, a standard dialog is displayed in the Revit user interface stating that the file is being upgraded. During the display of this dialog, Revit tries to upgrade the document to the current version. This slows down the process of opening a file. To save time opening older file versions during each of the subsequent attempts to open the file, users can manually open each of the Revit files and save it to the current version. This can be time consuming if there is a large set of files to upgrade across various folders and sub-folders. The File Upgrader tool saves time and manual labor by automating this process. This plug-in was first published as an ADN Plugin of the Month: The plug-in has been provided with the complete source code needed to build the application, with the intention of encouraging users of Autodesk software to use programming to tailor the products they use to their specific business needs.

Autodesk File Upgrader on Exchange

Let us know if this tool does the job for you…

*Note – this is version 1.0 of the application…

Additional info from the documentation provided below:

Inside your Revit-based application, go to “Add-ins” tab ⇒ “Upgrader” panel ⇒ “File Upgrader” to start the command. Clicking this button starts the command and launches the “Revit File Upgrader” dialog.

Under the “Source” text box, specify the location of the folder where previous versions of Revit files resides. Similarly, in the “Destination” box, specify the folder where the upgraded filers will be saved.

Check the file types you would like to upgrade; you can upgrade .rvt, .rfa, and .rte files. By default, .rvt and .rfa are checked.

Press the “Upgrade” button to start the upgrade.

Once upgrade starts, Revit will open a file one by one, and save in the destination folder. The progress can be monitored in the list box at the lower part of the dialog.

After the upgrade process is completed, a dialog box is displayed with the total count of succeeded files over total number of files confirming the completion of upgrade. The status messages are also save as a log file, UpgraderLog.txt, in the destination folder.

For some reason, if the files fail the automatic upgrade process, the users can check the log file, and manually open the files and save them to the current version after resolving the conflicts/errors using the Revit user interface.

The tool handles nested folders. It also handles catalog files (.txt files) if it exists, copying them to the destination folder.

While using this tool, please ensure that the target folder is not nested inside the source folder.

Known Issues
This plug-in only works when there is an active document in Revit.

After running the plug-in, the last document remains open in the Revit’s User Interface. The file is saved, but the user will have to manually close it.

These are due to the current limitation of API. We hope to address it in future.

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Dave Jones
Dave Jones
12 years ago

the direct download link has expired??

12 years ago

Hey Luke – thanks for the heads-up… I was hoping you can help me with an issue RE: downloading & installing this "app"? I go to the Autodesk Exchange Apps site, click on the download button *bang*, all seems OK, under "My Downloads" it says I'm all "up-to-date" BUT I can't find it anywhere on my PC?? It's definitely not installed. Any ideas?

Andrew (Darwin)

Luke Johnson
12 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

You need to sign in, download the file, run it, restart Revit and then the add-in will be installed.

Trey Tassin
11 years ago

Recently installed the plug-in and the log gave all errors in a file folder and claimed the files were not accessible or read-only. The files all open in 2011. I downloaded the plug-in because this is the first time I was having problems opening projects in 2013. The project upgrade seems to be stalled at 72%. Any ideas?