Installation#

  1. Download and install Blender

    Blender is a free and open-source program for 3D authoring. It works on Linux, Mac, and Windows. It is developed by the Blender community.

Tip

No administrator rights on Windows? Choose the “Portable .zip” option when downloading from the Blender website.

  1. Download the BlenderBIM Add-on

    The BlenderBIM Add-on extends Blender with OpenBIM related capabilities.

Warning

If you are not using Blender version >=3.1, please follow the Unstable installation instructions. Read more

  1. Install the BlenderBIM Add-on

    Open up Blender, and click on Edit > Preferences.

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    Select the Add-ons tab, and press Install… on the top right. Navigate to the .zip you downloaded in Step 2, and press Install Add-on.

    ../_images/install-blenderbim-2.png

    Warning

    You do not need to unzip the add-on file. You should install it as a zipped file.

    You should now see Import-Export: BlenderBIM available in your add-ons list. Enable the add-on by pressing the checkbox.

    ../_images/install-blenderbim-3.png

All done! If you check your Scene properties in the panel on the bottom right, you will see a panel to manage your IFC Project.

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You can enable add-ons permanently by using Save User Settings from the Addons menu.

See also

If you are a poweruser, you may be interested in the Unstable installation to help with testing. Read more

Where is the add-on installed?#

If you downloaded Blender as a .zip file without running an installer, you will find the BlenderBIM Add-on installed in the following directory, where X.XX is the Blender version:

/path/to/blender/X.XX/scripts/addons/

Otherwise, if you installed Blender using an installation package, the add-ons folder depends on which operating system you use. On Linux:

~/.config/blender/X.XX/scripts/addons/

On Mac:

/Users/{YOUR_USER}/Library/Application Support/Blender/X.XX/

On Windows:

C:\Users\{YOUR_USER}\AppData\Roaming\Blender Foundation\X.XX\scripts\addons

Upon installation, the BlenderBIM Add-on is stored in the blenderbim/ directory.

Updating#

First uninstall the current BlenderBIM add-on, then install the latest version.

Uninstalling#

Navigate to Edit > Preferences > Add-ons. Due to a limitation in Blender, you have to first disable the BlenderBIM Add-on in your Blender preferences by pressing the checkbox next to the add-on, then restart Blender. After restarting, you can uninstall the BlenderBIM Add-on by pressing the Remove button in the Blender preferences window.

Alternatively, you may uninstall manually by deleting the blenderbim/ directory in your Blender add-ons directory.

Warning

It is important to follow the sequence of disabling, restarting, then removing. If you do not restart Blender, the add-on will fail to remove correctly, and you will need to uninstall manually.

FAQ#

  1. I get an error similar to “ImportError: IfcOpenShell not built for ‘linux/64bit/python3.7’”

    Check which BlenderBIM Add-on build you are using. The zip will have either py37, py39, or py310 in the name. See the instructions in the Unstable installation section to check that you have installed the correct version.

  2. I am on Ubuntu and get an error similar to “ImportError: /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libm.so.6: version GLIBC_2.29 not found”

    Our latest package which uses IfcOpenShell v0.7.0 is built using Ubuntu 20 LTS. If you have an older Ubuntu version, you can either upgrade to 19.10 or above, or you’ll need to compile IfcOpenShell yourself.

  3. The add-on does not install on a Mac with an M1 arm chip

    The BlenderBIM Add-on uses the IfcOpenShell library, which is not yet available for computers which use an ARM chip. You may compile IfcOpenShell yourself to get this to work, but this may be too difficult for most users. Please consider donating so that we can devote more time to supporting all platforms.