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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

HOW-TO View the Revit Database (2011 Secret #14)

This guide is for beginners who want to view the Revit database in 2011. I have previously posted about rvtmgddbg. This has been replaced in 2011 by RevitLookup. This is an API tool that allows you to view ('Snoop') the elements in the Revit database.

How do you set it up? Its quite simple really:
  1. Download this file (thanks to The Building Coder).
  2. Unzip the file to the C:\ drive (such that you have paths C:\RevitLookup\CS etc)
  3. Double click on the file "C:\RevitLookup\CS\RevitLookup.csproj", this will open in Visual Studio tools for Applications.
  4. Click on Build - Build RevitLookup (this creates the RevitLookup.dll file)

  5. Now, open the file "C:\RevitLookup\CS\RevitLookup.addin" in Notepad.
  6. Replace this-

    with this-
  7. Save the file.
  8. Now, copy the RevitLookup.addin file you just saved to the following location (depending on your OS):

    For Vista

    For XP
    C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Autodesk\Revit\Addins\2011

  9. That's it! You should now see the Revit Lookup menu on your Add-Ins ribbon:

One of the simplest ways to use this tool is to select an Object, then use the 'Snoop Current Selection' option. Enjoy!


  1. You shoud add that some references probably must be made (in other words I had to), like.

    Delete the Reference to Microsoft.Office.Core and
    Add it again => Add Reference, Tab COM, Select Microsoft Office 12 Object Library

    Create a Reference Path to:
    C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Revit Structure 2011\Program\
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\OFFICE12\

  2. Once we build the project i dont fine the dll for it..
    could you find some solution to this

    1. You need to find the bin folder in the build path. If you have an error, its possible that a reference is missing and the dll was not built.