Rhinoceros and Grasshopper – developed by Robert McNeel & Associates – are considered market leaders in industrial design modeling and algorithmic design.
Now, designers have various options to connect Archicad’s professional BIM work environment with the modeling power of Rhino and Grasshopper.

Prerequisites

Before installing any connections, make sure that Archicad, Rhinoceros3D and Grasshopper is installed on your computer.

A very early version of Grasshopper for Mac is available in the Rhino for Mac (5.4) for testing and feedback. Please post feedback and report bugs (there are many!) on the Grasshopper for Mac category on Discourse. Rhino 5 for Mac users have access to the Working-In Progress (WIP) builds.The most recent Rhino WIP contains a hidden command called ExplicitHistory. To try out Grasshopper in the WIP build, just type 'explicithistory'.

Table of Contents

Grasshopper – Archicad Live Connection
Rhinoceros Import/Export Add-ons
Rhinoceros – GDL Converter

Grasshopper – Archicad Live Connection

  1. As most of you know by now, Grasshopper will be included in Rhino 6 for Windows. We are almost finished with the Grasshopper in Rhino 6 development and you are invited to try it. There are many enhancements, including: High DPI displays are now supported. Compatible with existing Grasshopper plug-ins.
  2. When will grasshopper plugin be available to use on rhino mac? I’m planning to buy a mac but i want to use rhinoceros without having to wait some time. Otherwise i will go on with dell m6800 or m4800 fwiw, you can get the mac and use bootcamp to run proper windows/grasshopper meanwhile having the ability to use mac rhino as well.
  3. In Grasshopper, COMPAS is imported from within a GhPython component. Rhino for Mac and Rhino WIP+6 all come with their own GhPython.

Important Notes:

  • The v23 & v24 of Grasshopper – Archicad Live Connection supports Rhino 5 and Rhino 6 on both platforms (Win & macOS).
  • On Windows both v21,v22 of Grasshopper – Archicad Live Connection supports Rhino6.
  • On macOS both v21 and v22 of Grasshopper – Archicad Live Connection supports Rhino5. They don’t support Rhino6 WIP.
  • Grasshopper – Archicad Live Connection is not compatible with Archicad STAR(T) Edition.
Detailed Information and Downloads Windows macOSCompatible with
Archicad build
User GuideLast updated
Grasshopper-Archicad 24 Live Connection13.7 MB
1.6 (24.0.3008)
8.4 MB
1.6 (24.0.3008)
3008Jul. 8, 2020
Grasshopper-Archicad 23 Live Connection20.8 MB
1.0 (23.0.4006)
16 MB
1.0 (23.0.4006)
4006May. 4, 2020
Grasshopper-Archicad 22 Live Connection24 MB
2.2 (22.0.6026)
19.3 MB
2.2 (22.0.6026)
6021Sep. 5, 2019
Grasshopper-Archicad 21 Live Connection 9.1 MB
2.0 (21.0.7005)
12.5 MB
2.0 (21.0.7005)
7000Dec 13, 2018
Grasshopper-Archicad 20 Live Connection8.6 MB
1.7 (20.0.6022)
21.3 MB
1.7 (20.0.6022) Beta
7001June 15, 2017
Grasshopper-Archicad 19 Live Connection7.12 MB
1.5 (19.0.9006)
9001June 1, 2017
Grasshopper-Archicad 18 Live Connection7.39 MB
1.5 (18.0.9534)
9013Sep. 7, 2016
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Rhinoceros Import/Export Add-ons

Important Notes:

Rhino 6 format is not supported in the built in Rhinoceros Import/Export function in Archicad 22.

From Archicad 20 on these Add-Ons are part of the Archicad package. In Archicad 19 and 18 install these free Add-ons to enable Archicad to import and export models using Rhino’s native (.3dm) file format.

Import Rhino Model to Archicad

Rhino Importer Add-on enables Archicad users on both the Mac and Windows platforms to pass on the model or part of the model produced in Rhino to Archicad. This Add-on, available for Archicad 18 and 19, enables you to open or merge native Rhino (*.3dm) files directly in Archicad.

Download Version Windows Mac OSXLast updated
Rhino Importer for Archicad 191.015.6 MB5.75 MBSep. 30, 2015
Rhino Importer for Archicad 181.015.9 MB5.70 MBSep. 30, 2015
Import Rhino Model to Archicad User GuideSep. 30, 2015
Grasshopper rhino plugin

Export Archicad Model to Rhino

Rhino Exporter Add-on enables Archicad users on both the Mac and Windows platforms to pass on the model or part of the model produced in ARHICAD to Rhino. This Add-on, available for Archicad 18 and 19, enables you to save the Archicad 3D model as a Rhino file (*.3DM).

Download Version Windows Mac OSXLast updated
Rhino Exporter for Archicad 191.02.52 MB1.73 MBSep. 30, 2015
Rhino Exporter for Archicad 181.02.84 MB1.68 MBSep. 30, 2015
Export Rhino Model to Archicad User GuideSep. 30, 2015

Rhinoceros – GDL Converter

Install these free plug-ins to convert Rhino models to native Archicad GDL elements – standalone objects (.gsm) or library containers (.lcf).

Please watch this video to find out more about how to install the necessary plug-ins, and how to import a model created in Rhinoceros into Archicad as native GSM objects. The video first presents the “Single Object Import” workflow using.gsm files and then the “Complex Structure Import” using .lcf files.

Steps to import Rhinoceros models to Archicad

Download and install plug-in for Rhino
Grasshopper

Download and launch this “GSM-LCF exporter for Rhino 5” Rhino plug-in to be able to save/export Rhino models.

GSM-LCF exporter for Rhino 5

Choose import method

Depending on the size of the Rhino model, choose one of these two import methods:

Single Object Import to Archicad

Use this workflow to import small-sized single objects or groups of small objects saved in GSM format to Archicad.

Save Rhino model as GSM file

In Rhino, select the model or its parts you want to export and save them as GSM Object File using the “GSM-LCF Exporter for Rhino 5” plug-in. Go to File/Save or File/Export Selected and in the upcoming dialog choose the “Archicad GDL Object” file type (extension .gsm).

Place the object in Archicad

In Archicad, add the object to the Embedded Library, then place it into the Archicad project as an Object.

Complex Structure Import into Archicad

Use this workflow for larger and complex Rhino models to convert them into a set of (smaller) GDL objects. This process enables the user to retain separate logical parts within the same model while providing a functionality to monitor and easily update the imported Rhino models in Archicad. The LCF option is also advised to enable Archicad’s performance optimization algorithm to work seamlessly on an imported large Rhino model.

Save Rhino model as LCF file

In Rhino, select the object(s) you want to export as a reference model to Archicad. Go to File/Save or File/Export Selected and save them as LCF Container File using the “GSM-LCF Exporter for Rhino 5” plug-in. In the upcoming dialog choose the “Archicad GDL Object Library” file type (extension .lcf).

Download and install the “Rhino LCF Observer” Add-On for Archicad

Rhino LCF Observer 20 for Windows

Rhino LCF Observer 20 for Mac OS X

Rhino for mac grasshopper software

Rhino LCF Observer 19 for Windows

Rhino LCF Observer 19 for Mac OS X

Rhino LCF Observer 18 for Windows

Rhino For Mac Grasshopper Identification

Rhino LCF Observer 18 for Mac OS X

Place LCF model in Archicad

Rhino For Mac Grasshopper Pictures

In Archicad, add the LCF file as a Linked Library in Library Manager, then place it into the Archicad project as an Object. Using the “Rhino LCF Observer” Add-On you can place all objects from the LCF files, and/or to update any placed instances as needed.

Rhino For Mac Free Download

Guides for Rhinoceros-GDL Converter