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Library settings on multiple computers


We have multiple Archicad computers in our office, each with its own standalone license.

We have not set up work-sharing on the server yet.


All our Archicad drawings are saved on the server, and is often opened by other persons on other computers in the office. 


The library objects, particular doors and windows, seem to lose their path to the Archicad library.

There seems to be an "opening" in the place of the original window, and when one clicks on the "opening" we need to relink the window or door, or even recreate, and all the settings like height and with etc is gone.


Archicad recognizes that an element is in the position, hence the "opening" but everything associated to the element is missing.


What would be the easiest/best way to manage the library on multiple computers?

What could be the cause of our little challenge?





ArchiCAD24 - since Nov 2020
Revit - 2005 to 2020
Windows 10 Pro
2 screens: nvidia quadro RTX 4000

Erwin Edel

We have the following set up:

  • Archicad specific libraries installed at the same path locally on each machine
  • office libraries on our server, these include our own textures and library parts used across all projects
  • project libraries on our server, these include project specific ('one off') library parts


If you open a project there should be a library loading report error if anything is missing. Some people dismiss this prompt and carry on working and then scratch their head when there are bits missing. I can recommend always resolving loading errors as soon as they crop up. They can be caused by a simple copy/paste from one project to the other and easily resolved. That way when you do have serious problem, it is more easily noticeable.


If you have windows and MAC machines, you are stuck perpetually re-linking the local libraries, as far as I can tell. You will also run into issues with font scaling between windows and OSx, so I can't really recommend working on the same project multiplatform, in case that is happening.

Erwin Edel, Project Lead, Leloup Architecten

ArchiCAD 9-24 NED FULL
Windows 10 Pro
Adobe Design Premium CS5

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