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.IFC File Extension

File TypeIndustry Foundation Classes File

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What is an IFC file?

An IFC file is a model file created in the Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) format, which is an open file format used by Building Information Modeling (BIM) programs. It contains a model of a building or facility, including spatial elements, materials, and shapes.

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IFC file open in Areddo

The IFC file format is a platform neutral format used to allow interoperability between industry BIM programs. As a result, most any BIM program, whether proprietary or open source, can open an IFC file.

How do I open an IFC file?

If you have a Building Information Modeling program, you should open your IFC file in that program. If you do not have a BIM program:

  • On Windows, you can download Areddo, a free ICF file viewer, and use it to open your ICF file.
  • On Mac, you can open an ICF file in Adobe Acrobat Pro Extended, which supports several types of 3D graphics. Note that if you have only the standard version of Acrobat Pro, you will not be able to open your ICF file.
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Programs that open IFC files

Updated 6/30/2020

About IFC Files

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