Missing Revit Content

It seems the more we try to keep our personal information safe by using antivirus software to increase the security of our computers, the harder it becomes to install software properly on our machines. As a result of the increased security and the need for smaller installation packages, Revit's libraries and templates are not being installed with the Revit software.  We now need to be diligent and self-sufficient when it comes to installing Revit content. The following explains where to find the content and how to get it installed, so you can continue using your Revit software without missing anything.

Revit Content for the Latest Versions of Revit 

The following are the available ways to access the Revit content for the current version plus three versions back: 

From the Autodesk website: Autodesk Revit Content 

  • These downloads are language-specific so verify you are downloading the correct language (e.g., Enu is English). 
  • Once the content has downloaded, you will need to double-click on the .exe file in your download folder and click Install on the Autodesk Revit splash screen (shown in the image below). Verify that Revit is closed before installing the content. 


From your Autodesk Account located at: https://manage.autodesk.com/home/ 

  • Sign in to your Autodesk Account.
  • Click on All Products and Services. 
  • Find Revit in the product list and click View details. 


  • Select the Revit version you need content for and click Libraries under Available downloads. 
  • Scroll through the content and click the Download button next to your desired content. 
  • Double-click on the .exe file that is downloaded to launch the installer. 

From within the software: 

  • ​​​​​​​In the Insert tab, click Load Autodesk Family and load families from the Autodesk cloud. Note: If you do not have internet service, this option is not ideal. 

Revit Content for Older Versions of Revit 

Below are the options for how to find and install content for older Revit and Revit LT versions. 

Revit 2022 

In Revit 2022, you can go to the Insert tab and click Load Autodesk Family to load families from the Autodesk cloud. 


Autodesk Desktop App​​​​​​​

Revit 2021 

In Revit 2021, you can go to the Insert tab and click Load Autodesk Family to load families from the Autodesk cloud. 

In Revit 2021 only, you can also access the .exe files within the software by clicking on Get Autodesk Content from the Insert tab, which takes you to the Autodesk website: Autodesk Revit 2021 Content

Revit 2020 

Download the content from the Autodesk website: Autodesk Revit 2020 Content. Revit 2020 does not have alternative ways to access the content.  

Revit 2019 

Download the content from the Autodesk website: Autodesk Revit 2019 Content. Revit 2019 does not have alternative ways to access the content. 

Installing Content for Revit 2021 and Older Versions 

Once you have downloaded the .exe file(s), double-click on the file to extract the content. 

In the extraction dialog box, specify where you want the content to be installed by clicking the Browse button, then click Extract, as shown in the image below. 


Autodesk Content Extract Dialog Box

  • By default, Revit installs the content in the C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\RVT 20XX folder and the path within Revit looks to this folder path for the families and templates. 

  • If you do not see a ProgramData folder, this means that it is hidden. You will need to unhide this folder so you can see it when you specify a path. To unhide the folder, follow the steps provided by Microsoft. 


I hope this blog is helpful because missing Revit content is frustrating and can delay your progress in a project. Visit the ASCENT website for more of my blogs and webcasts, or take a look at our Revit courseware titles. 




About the Author

Cherisse Biddulph

Learning Content Developer<br><br>Cherisse is an Autodesk Certified Professional for Revit as well as an Autodesk Certified Instructor. She brings over 19 years of industry, teaching, and technical support experience to her role as a Learning Content Developer with ASCENT. With a passion for design and architecture, she received her Associates of Applied Science in Architectural Drafting and Design with a four-year core curriculum in Interior Design and has worked in the industry assisting firms with their CAD management and software implementation needs as they modernize to a Building Information Modeling (BIM) design environment. Cherisse continues to expand her knowledge in the ever evolving AEC industry and the software used to support it.

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