Thursday, February 8, 2018

Revit.ini File and Location

The Revit.ini file is a text file Autodesk Revit uses to store settings such as template file location and recent files. Many of the settings can be set within Revit and are just saved here when a change is made.

Here are a few examples of what I beileve can only be set from the ini file:

  • IESFileLocation=C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\RVT 2018\IES\
    FYI: However, you should never use these IES files as they are all junk. It is not very efficient to try and store IES files for real projects as there are so many and they can change.
  • LookupTableLocation=C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\RVT 2018\Lookup Tables\
    FYI: I do not believe this is relevant anymore as lookup tables are embedded in content. Maybe for older projects being upgraded.
  • Site=
    FYI: This is totally illrelevant as Seek does not exist any longer.
  • HelpFileLocation=C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Revit Content 2018\Help\en-US\WBH\index.html
Other settings do not appear in the Revit.ini file until you make a change to a default setting.

  • [TagOnPlacement]Windows=1
In that past, if Revit would not open, I have had success changing this setting, which tells Revit not to use the graphics card:
  • UseGraphicsHardware=1
The Revit.ini file is unique to each user on each computer. The file is stored here:
  • C:\Users\djs\AppData\Roaming\Autodesk\Revit\Autodesk Revit 2018FYI: Of course you need to change the path for your user name and version of Revit.
If you are having problems, or want to reset Revit, you can just delete the Revit.ini file and a new one will be created the next time you open Revit. I would close Revit before deleting the file.

The "fresh" file is copied from this location:
  • C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\RVT 2018\UserDataCache
When creating a Revit deployment, which is an install with all the options pre-selected, you can select a custom Revit.ini file. This lets you set the default paths for templates, content, DWG import ligheweights and more, so everyone in the firm starts with the same settings.

Have any good Revit.ini tips to share, comment below?

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