Recently, I have been asked this question a lot, “Can I rename Revit Families using Ideate BIMLink?”

The answer is yes! You can! So, I thought a blog post about this topic was overdue.

Ideate BIMLink ships with over 300 pre-defined link definitions, and many of these links deal with project standards and quality assurance.

Ideate BIMLink ships with hundreds of link definitions
Ideate BIMLink ships with hundreds of link definitions

The link QC_MC_Family_Naming under 07 Quality Control allows you to rename Revit families using Excel. NOTE: This link is filtering out names that meet a COBie requirement to exclude spaces in the name. You can remove the filter to see all families if needed.

Rename Type names too
You can also rename Type names using some of our other links!

You can also customize the link to include or not include specific family categories so that the Excel output matches your requirements.

Customize the link to include filters
Use the Filters tab to refine your selections further.

Once in Excel, you can use a simple formula to change the family name. In this example I’ve added a prefix to the family name. You should use Copy/Paste to move the modified results into the Family Name column, and you can then delete column E before importing if you wish.

This method will ensure that your Revit family data matches your company standard or a client’s specific standard in a matter of minutes!

Note: Only component families can be renamed. System family names are not editable, but you can rename the types using another of our link definitions.

This blog post has more useful tips and information about managing Revit families.

Renaming Revit families and types has never been easier. Ideate BIMLink can also be used for lots more project standard tasks, check our Training blog series. for more information.

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About the Author

Steve Deadman - Customer Success Manager - EMEA
Steve provides support to customers and helps them get a strong return on their software investment. He has a B.Eng (Hons) degree in Mechanical Engineering and various certifications in engineering. Before joining Ideate Software, he worked at several top architectural firm in the United Kingdom where he specialized in the implementation and management of BIM processes and technology. Find Steve on LinkedIn.