Add-in - Revit

A vault is a repository where documents and files are stored and managed. Autodesk Vault is a data management system that offers file security, version control, and multi-user support. Autodesk Vault integrates with Autodesk Revit Architecture, MEP, and Structure.

Autodesk Vault is both a server and a client interface.

Autodesk Vault Concepts

Autodesk Vault software is a client-server application. In a typical installation, you install the server portion of the software on a shared computer, and then install the client software (Autodesk Vault and Revit add-in) on individual workstations. During installation, you have the option to install each of the components required for each workstation and, when applicable, for each server.

The vault server stores and maintains the files and metadata that make up the vault. The server software can be installed on a server or workstation that is shared by all users or, for a single user, the server can be installed along with the client on a single, isolated workstation. The database is managed by the Autodesk Data Management Server console.

The vault client consists of the Autodesk Vault stand-alone client and add-ins for most Autodesk design products including Revit. The clients are installed on all workstations that need to access the vault.

Revit Vault Add-in Concepts

There are two essential concepts to understand when working with the Revit Vault add-in.

  1. Using Revit Server or work shared central files–The Revit add-in does NOT require a check out.  This behavior is unique and is unlike all other Vault add-ins where you must check a file out of the vault before you can modify it.  Copies of the project file are added to Vault at specified milestones or automatically after a Revit Synchronization with Central.
  2. Note: Revit Server files and work shared central files can only be added to Vault using the Synchronize with Central command.
  3. Using Vault with non-shared project files–The project file can be downloaded using the Open from Vault command. This will automatically check out the file for editing. Once you are done editing the file, check the file back into the vault by using the Save to Vault command.

Essential Vault Skills

Essential Vault skills are shared across many different add-ins as well as the Vault Client. Click on the link for the Command/Function in the list to go to that topic in the help.


Short Description

Launch Autodesk Vault

Launch the Autodesk Vault stand-alone client.

Log in to a vault

Log into the vault.

Log out of a vault

Log out of the vault.

Open from Vault

Open a file stored in the Vault.

Link from Vault

Link a file in the Vault to the current Revit Project.

Load Family from Vault

Open a family stored in the Vault.

Save to Vault

Adds a file or files to the Vault.

Add Sheets

Add Sheets allows the user to print all sheets in the active Recit file and place them directly into Vault.

Restore a Revit Project File

Restores a Revit project to the point at which the last backup was created.

Note: This feature is available in Autodesk Workgroup, Collaboration, and Professional.

Vault Options

Launches the Vault Options dialog where you can configure your settings for the Vault add-in.