Every now and then you come across a project that is still using a super-old version of Revit (remember Revit 2017? Yeah, it was released about 5 years ago…)  You might have found that your old versions of Revit have actually stopped working or stopped activating due to Autodesk license system changes.

So… how can you get access to Revit 2017 or other old Revit versions? As recent as November 2020, Autodesk enabled access as shown below:

“As on November 2020, Autodesk expanded “previous versions” back to 5 versions for all Subscription customers. https://customersuccess.autodesk.com/articles/expanding-previous-version-access-to-5-versions-back-for-all-customers

So you can use, at this point back to 2015 and next year and when the software advances to the new version in April, this will change to 2016.

There shouldn’t be any need to apply for the extra previous licenses. The seats won’t show up in the Autodesk Account however and you need to access the installers via AVA. https://ava.autodesk.com/

Please note that 2017 Autodesk software supports the login method. That means that you will not use a serial number when the install the software. You should gain access to 1 seat of the 2017 Revit for every applicable Revit product that you own on subscriptions. By assigning Revit to a user you will effectively grant them access to all versions so you don’t need to specifically assign 2017.”

As simple as that! Just use AVA to download and install the older version. See the short video below:

 

Thanks to Dave Murray from McGregor for the heads-up!

Over at Virtual Built Technology, we have an aspirational view of our industry – that together, we can arrive at a set of best practice workflows for BIM and VDC projects.

We have been developing and refining our own set of internal workflows for a number of years, and today we would like to start sharing those with the world.

We will periodically post best practice workflows in the Resources menu on our site.

bim and vdc resources

From here you can browse to various resource types, including:

  • Workflows – for workflow documents and flow charts
  • Content – for BIM files like Revit templates and families
  • Automation – for scripts, like Dynamo graphs

The individual resource pages are also fully Disqus comment enabled, so you can start a conversation there. Let us know if you think we are on the right track… or not 🙂

Already, you will find our How to Use a Revit Control File guide, and a script that will automatically create section-boxed 3D views from a Revit Control File.

Also, from anywhere on our website you can immediately contact us using the Intercom badge at the bottom right of the screen – it looks like this:

Click on it anytime and let us know if you have any questions or suggestions, or would like assistance with your BIM and VDC projects.

We look forward to engaging with you soon!


  1. Download and install StreamTransport (I am running version 1.0.2.2171)
  2. Browse to a specific video and start streaming it in Internet Explorer
  3. Mouse over the video, click Share, and then Copy Url
  4. In Internet Explorer, open a new blank tab and close all other tabs
  5. Delete your Browser Cache (gears, Internet Options, Delete… make sure Temporary Internet Files and Cookies are ticked)
  6. Open StreamTransport and paste the URL
  7. The player should load.  Click to start playing.
  8. StreamTransport will detect the video source URL.  Click Download in the lower right corner and choose a location / filename.
  9. To be certain you get it all, you will probably have to wait for the video to stop playing to ensure the download is complete.

EDIT3 try using rtmpdump version 2.5, with the rtmpsrv method

EDIT Another, slightly more complicated option is RTMPDumpHelper with RTMPDump toolkit. 
Choose the rtmpsrv.exe option.

EDIT2 After having more problems (the ooyala host used by AU2012 is particularly resistant to downloading methods), I used Coojah 6 with Firefox 3.5 portable after installing portable flash.xpi manually and running both Coojar and Firefox as Administrator and then downloading with Blader.  All of this happened in a VirtualBox for safety.
Can’t download video from http://www.telegraph.co.uk – Google Groups

September | 2012 | Handout Links
1) LARUG Presents_Jay B Zallan_Bootlegging Keynotes for Good not Evil II.pdf
1a) 2013 JBZ_LARUG_Custom _Keynotes.txt
2) LARUG Presents_Troy R Gates_Formula Driven Families & Noteblocks.pptx
2a) Revit Formulas for Everyday Usage_Revit Forum.pdf
2b) Family: Comments.rfa
2c) Family: Keyplan.rfa
2d) Family: Project Comments.rfa
3) LARUG Presents_Brian Andresen_Worksharing.pdf

September | 2012 | LARUG YouTube Channel 
Recorded session videos will post shortly after the live presentations & will continue to be added to at:
LARUGs BIMconsortium Youtube Channel Videos

via
Los Angeles Revit Users Group Blog: LARUG Presents: Essentially Revit | September 2012 Handouts & Links

Here is how you can download Revit 2013 using Firefox with Downthemall, and without having to Register or Login or use Akamai:

  1. Install Firefox and Downthemall
  2. Open Firefox, hit ‘Alt’ – Tools – Downthemall Tools – Manager
  3. Hit the Plus sign
  4. Paste the link you want from the list below into the ‘Download’ field
  5. Put http://trial.autodesk.com/ in the ‘Referring page’ field
    (“Referring URL” in other download managers)
  6. Set your download location in ‘Save Files in’
  7. Hit Start!

Links to copy / paste into download manager:

Revit 2013 – combined

http://trial.autodesk.com/SWDLDDLM/2013/RVT/ESD/Autodesk_Revit_2013_English_Win_32-64bit.exe

Revit 2013 – LT
http://trial.autodesk.com/SWDLDDLM/2013/RVTLT/ESD/Autodesk_Revit_LT_2013_English_Win_32-64bit.exe

Revit 2013 – Architecture
http://trial.autodesk.com/SWDLDDLM/2013/REVIT/ESD/Autodesk_Revit_Architecture_2013_English_Win_32-64bit.exe

Revit 2013 – Structure
http://trial.autodesk.com/SWDLDDLM/2013/REVITST/ESD/Autodesk_Revit_Structure_2013_English_Win_32-64bit.exe

Revit 2013 – MEP
http://trial.autodesk.com/SWDLDDLM/2013/RVTMPB/ESD/Autodesk_Revit_MEP_2013_English_Win_32-64bit.exe

NOTE 1 – Autodesk has kinda given approval to using your own download manager before.

NOTE 2 – You could also use Flashget and manually set the referrer



EDIT – Other Autodesk product links (use referrer shown above)

AutoCAD 2013 – vanilla
http://trial.autodesk.com/SWDLDDLM/2013/ACD/ESD/AutoCAD_2013_English_Win_32bit.exe
http://trial.autodesk.com/SWDLDDLM/2013/ACD/ESD/AutoCAD_2013_English_Win_64bit.exe

Interesting comment from the Autodesk deployment blog, Up and Ready:

We have been getting a lot of posts in our forums regarding corrupt installations and downloads.  My suggestion is to use Firefox and the Browser Download instead of using the Download Manager.

via
Downloading Software: Browser Download vs Download Manager – Up and Ready

I have previously posted about using Firefox and DownThemAll to download Autodesk content.

There are some other great third party download managers available – which one do you use?

Jdownloader is quite unique and powerful – check it out if you haven’t before.  From the website:
It simplifies downloading files from One-Click-Hosters like Rapidshare.com or Megaupload.com – not only for users with a premium account but also for users who don’t pay. It offers downloading in multiple parallel streams, captcha recognition, automated file extraction, and much more. Of course, JDownloader is absolutely free of charge.

There is a plethora of information available on the internet for Revit users and Revit instructors.  However, sometimes you really just want to have training data stored locally.

To save web pages and videos from the Internet, I use Firefox with UnMHT, DownloadHelper and DownThemAll!

Rather than read about how to use all these tools, check out the video below:

PS – Please note that there may be copyright applicable to the use of some data.