RFA File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a RFA file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .RFA files.

What is a RFA file?

The .rfa file extension is used for a proprietary data file format that was developed by Autodesk for one of their CAD software products. Classified as 3D graphics and CAD data files, these RFA files are also known as Autodesk Revit Architecture family files. The Revit Architecture software from Autodesk is a program for Windows PCs that allows users to create building and construction design projects.Files in the RFA format are part of a design model that has been created using the Autodesk Revit Architecture software. Compilations of design items for Revit Architecture models are also known as families. These .rfa files may be part of system families, which are stored within a Revit Architecture model. Hosted families can also include RFA files. These hosted families are external resources that can be stored outside a Revit Architecture model.Only the Autodesk Revit Architecture program can be used to open these .rfa files. It's best to leave these RFA files alone, in order for the associated Revit Architecture design model to continue working properly.

How to open RFA files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension RFA for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 7 different RFA openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension RFA

While we know of one file format using the .RFA file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .RFA file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of RFA files. Remember, different programs may use RFA files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Autodesk RevitAutodesk RevitUser submitted
Address Book EditorAddress Book EditorUser submitted
Adobe AcrobatAdobe AcrobatUser submitted
Dragon UnPACKerDragon UnPACKerUser submitted
Revit ApplicationRevit ApplicationUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with RFA-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with RFA-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!