What is Revit API

Welcome to the first module. Let's focus on the question many of you have in your mind - What is Revit API? I will explain what does it mean and then I will show you an example of how to use it with python. Sit back and relax. There is no need to write any code.

What is Revit API

Welcome to the first module. Let's focus on the question many of you have in your mind - What is Revit API? I will explain what does it mean and then I will show you an example of how to use it with python. Sit back and relax. There is no need to write any code.

Summary

What is Revit API?

Revit API - Documented set of instructions, written by developer of an application to share pieces of functionality of their software to create custom Revit add-ins.

We can view all available classes, methods, properties and other things in Revit API Docs and then use them in our scripts.

Revit API Docs - Online version of the documentation. You will learn how to read and understand it in the 2nd module of this course.

Benefits of Revit API:
  • Automate Boring Tasks

  • Optimize Design

  • Analyze Data

  • Create custom Reports

  • Analyze Data and Create Reports

  • Export Data from Projects

  • Import Data from Another Software

  • Standardize our Projects

  • Protect projects from users

  • and even do things that are not possible to do manually.

All Thanks to Revit API

How to use Revit API ?

We could use Revit API by using different programming languages such as C#, VB.NET, C++ but my preferred way is to use Python.

To use Revit API with python we can use:

  • Python nodes in Dynamo

  • Revit Python Shell (plugin)

  • pyRevit (plugin) <- (The Best Way)

  • python node in Grasshopper (RhinoInsideRevit)

Python

Unfortunately, python is not officially supported by Autodesk. But It does not mean that python is lacking any functionality.

Python is a great language for Revit API

  • Easy to learn

  • More readable, meaning easier to maintain

  • Great community of developers

  • A lot of code examples for Revit API + python

Also it's very easy to translate C# to python, we will cover this in more details in Module 2.

Questions:

Should I also write code from the video?

01 Days 08 Hrs

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