Version26(as of 3/29/2023)
PlatformsWindows, Mac
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Main Features

  • 2D drawing tools
  • 3D modeling interface
  • Architectural rendering capabilities
  • BIM Server real-time collaboration environment
  • Documentation tools with a robust publishing workflow
  • Support for extended capabilities via extensions

Software Overview

Screenshot of GRAPHISOFT Archicad 26
Screenshot of GRAPHISOFT Archicad 26

GRAPHISOFT Archicad is a building information modeling (BIM) application for Windows and macOS. Architectural professionals commonly use the software to design, visualize, collaborate, and document when engineering the interiors and exteriors of buildings, urban areas, and other structural environments.

Archicad can import and export various CAD formats, such as .DWG, .IFC, .DXF, and its proprietary file types, including the .PLN and .PLP projects. The application provides many tools for designing and visualizing structures, including 2D drawing tools, a 3D modeling interface, architectural rendering capabilities, and a document management tool with a data storage server. Archicad also allows you to add functionality to the application through free and commercial extensions.

The application provides helpful collaboration features for team members to work together. GRAPHISOFT's BIM Server is a real-time collaboration environment and the BIMcloud, which allows BIM workflows to be accessible on any software, hardware, or network configuration. You can also document your buildings with tools that comply with local BIM requirements.


Archicad is a leading BIM application in various architectural and engineering fields. It gives you many features for BIM, 3D visualizations, project management, working with teams, and engineering integration. These capabilities and the software's extensibility make GRAPHISOFT Archicad one of the leading BIM applications for professional architects.

Primary File Type

pln icon.PLNArchicad Solo Project

Supported File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.PLNArchicad Solo Project
.APXArchicad Add-on
.BPNArchicad Project Backup File
.CPFArchicad Teamwork Draft Preferences File
.LCFArchicad Library Container File
.MDEArchicad Education Module
.MODArchicad Module
.PCAArchicad Teamwork Draft Archive
.PLAArchicad Project Archive
.PLCArchicad Teamwork Draft
.PLPArchicad Teamwork Project
.PPAArchicad Teamwork Project Archive
.PPFArchicad Teamwork Project Preferences File
.TPLArchicad Template

Additional Related File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.3DMRhino 3D Model
.BMPBitmap Image
.DWGAutoCAD Drawing
.DXFDrawing Exchange Format File
.GIFGraphical Interchange Format File
.GSMGraphic Description Language File
.IFCIndustry Foundation Classes File
.KMZGoogle Earth Placemark File
.PRWArtlantis Shader Preview File
.SKPSketchUp Document
.STLStereolithography File
.TIFTagged Image File
.TIFFTagged Image File Format
Updated 3/29/2023