Archicad Library Container File
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What is an LCF file?
An LCF file is a library container file that stores a complete hierarchy of libraries used by GRAPHISOFT Archicad, an architectural design program. It may contain individual objects and folder structures, .PLA files, and other LCF files accessible by a user designing a building.
GRAPHISOFT Archicad is a building information modeling (BIM) application with various modeling capabilities. Architects commonly use the software to design building structures, including interiors, exteriors, and landscapes.
Archicad has a default LCF library, but you may also create or open custom libraries with the software. For example, you can save all libraries and library objects that are loaded with an Archicad project into a single LCF file using the Archicad Library Manager (accessible by selecting File → Libraries and Objects → Library Manager...). One advantage of saving libraries in the LCF format is that they load two to three times faster than individual libraries.
You can also create an LCF file with Archicad by following these steps:
- Select File → Libraries and Objects → Create Container.
- Choose the folders to be included in the library container and click Create.
- Name the LCF file and click Save.
How to open an LCF file
You can open an LCF file with GRAPHISOFT Archicad (Windows, macOS). To open an LCF file, select File → Libraries and Objects → Extract a Container, choose the LCF file, and click Open.