Experience BIM with ARCHICAD

BIM (Building Information Modeling) is the latest trend in the AEC (Architecture, Engineering and Construction) industry. Whether you are a practicing design professional or someone who is just studying (or teaching) building design, offers all the tools you need to learn (or to teach) BIM through a pragmatic “implementation” approach.

Why switch to BIM?
The main advantage of BIM comes from the new concept of creating a central “virtual” Building Information Modeling for retrieving information and to generating associative documentation from the model. GRAPHISOFT's flagship product, ARCHICAD was the first implementation of Building Information Modeling introduced in 1987 as the Virtual Building concept.

Get access to ARCHICAD, one of the premier BIM software for architects and designers and to its add-on products extended with a full series of interactive training materials in a matter of just a few clicks.

Test the latest version
If you have been working with previous versions of ARCHICAD whether as a professional user or as a student, always lets you download the latest version so that you can give a test drive before upgrading to check out the newest features and productivity improvements.

Explore new workflows
Should you be on the latest ARCHICAD version, by downloading and going through the detailed training guides will reveal you new and effective ways of designing. A wide range of additional products which are free to try with the TRIAL/EDU versions of ARCHICAD will further enhance your design workflow.

FREE Software Downloads offers state-of-art architectural design software for free: here you can download ARCHICAD, GRAPHISOFT’s 3D architectural design software with the industry-first GRAPHISOFT BIM Server application for model-based team collaboration. An entire set of add-on software tools extend ARCHICAD’s design capabilities from validating the sustainability of your designs to creating and presenting your design’s virtual imagery.

A 3D Architectural Design Tool/BIM Software
ARCHICAD gives users the ability to create great architecture and increase productivity. From day one, ARCHICAD has been designed by architects for architects, and over the years it has gradually become more and more refined to allow its users to better: Focus on design, Manage change, Evaluate design alternatives, Collaborate and Coordinate.

BIM Server
Server Platform for Teamwork 2.0
A first of its kind solution for model based team collaboration. Industry-first Delta Server™ technology reduces network traffic to a minimum for instant and reliable data-exchange both within the office and over the Internet.
MEP Modeler
Add-on for MEP systems
The MEP (Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing) Modeler is a extension to ARCHICAD. Architectural practices and architectural departments of A/E firms using ARCHICAD can use MEP Modeler to create, edit or import 3D MEP networks (ductwork, piping and cable trays) and coordinate them with the ARCHICAD Virtual Building.

FREE Online Training
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Free, step-by-step ARCHICAD tutorials are available online in the ARCHICAD Training Series. These resources help prospects, students and teachers understand the various functions and workflows of the software.

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FREE Fully Functional License Options

Professional Users
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If you are interested in ARCHICAD, and would like to evaluate the product before purchasing, please download a fully functional 30-TRIAL license in three simple steps:

  1. Register on
  2. Activate you personal account
  3. Log-in to your personal page

Note: Please note that projects created in the TRIAL version of ARCHICAD have a special “coded” file format that can only be opened with the particular installation of ARCHICAD they were created with. By purchasing a commercial license of ARCHICAD, you can convert (“decode”) your TRIAL files simply by resaving them. In order to be able to convert you trial project you MUST NOT uninstall your TRIAL version of ARCHICAD!
Files created in the ARCHICAD trial version cannot be opened to ARCHICAD Start Edition.

Students / Teachers
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Architecture & design students and teachers are entitled to receive the fully functional education version of ARCHICAD for free. Download the 30-day version right away in three simple steps:

  1. Register on
  2. Activate you personal account
  3. Log-in to your personal page

Note: Please note that projects created in the EDU version of ARCHICAD have a special “watermark” on every printout coming from the EDU version. Projects created in the EDU version can be opened in the FULL commercial version of ARCHICAD but these project will carry the “watermark” in the full version too.

Applying for a 1-year license for the first time
Students and teachers are entitled to 1-year free education licenses of ARCHICAD after showing proof of their education status. Please click on the “Apply for 1-year license” button to apply for your 1-year free education license. Your application will be reviewed by our local partner. You will be notified about approval of your application via email. 

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Architectural schools and academic institutions are entitled to equip their computer labs with the free academic version of ARCHICAD. Please follow the below steps to apply for your academic license:

  1. If you are a representative of a school and would like to install ARCHICAD in your computer lab, please select school and complete the registration.

  2. We will review your request for a 2-year academic network license and may contact you for supporting documents about your school details. You will receive notification once you are granted an academic license ARCHICAD.
  3. To get your academic license, you will be given instructions on how to log-in to your account at Additional downloads of add-ons products and the GRAPHISOFT BIM Curriculum are also available for schools for free from