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How Much Does Revit Cost? Pricing Explained

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Two major questions always come to mind when you are considering procuring a software package; can it get the job done? And how much does it cost? These questions also apply to a software package as popular as Revit. Revit is a BIM (Building Information and Modeling) software package by Autodesk that can be described as a complete package for all things construction, design, and modeling. This application allows architects, MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing engineers), structural engineers, and landscape experts to design and model structures in 3D, annotate in 2D, and study structures’ life cycles with 4D features.

Since the software’s ability to get the job done is evident in its millions of users, the next question is how much does Revit cost? In this article we will be discussing everything Revit pricing; from how and where to get the software, to the purchasing options available, to cost. This pricing review was made using the latest Revit version, Revit 2020.

How and where to get Revit

On January 31st, 2016, Autodesk stopped selling perpetual licenses for all their software packages and switched to subscription licenses. Revit is available in both short-term and long-term options. The product is available in monthly, annual, and 3-year period subscriptions. While monthly subscriptions are best suited for project-based work or short-term projects, annual and 3-year options are cost-effective long-term options. There are two major subscriptions licensing options for Revit; Single-user (Standalone license) and Multi-user (Network license). Single-user licenses can be bought from either an authorized reseller or from the Autodesk online store while Multi-user licenses can be only be bought from authorized resellers.

building analysis in Revit

Revit is AutoDesk’s leading BIM solution. (Image source)

Where to purchase Revit also depends on the subscription term length you require. Monthly subscriptions are only available on the Autodesk store. Annual and 3-year subscriptions, on the other hand, are available for purchase through both resellers and the Autodesk store.

Prior to the expiration of your license, Revit will send you renewal notifications and instructions 90, 45, 30, and 4 days before the expiration date. Note that all subscriptions purchased through the Autodesk online store are automatically renewed and you’ll be billed automatically unless you turn off this option in your Autodesk account. It is also possible to cancel a subscription before it expires. Canceled or expired subscriptions cannot be restarted. You have to buy a new subscription to continue access. All subscription plans come with a lineup of benefits.


Subscriptions licensing options

As earlier stated, Revit Revit subscriptions are available as two major types of licenses; Single-user access (Standalone license) and Multi-user access (Network license).

Single-user access (Standalone license)

With this license, a single user can install and use Revit in up to three devices. For example, a work computer, a home computer, and a portable PC. This license cannot be shared by other users and us best suited for personal use. For an organization that is on single-user access subscription but requires more seats, additional standalone licenses can be bought and assigned to individual users. If you are using a standalone license, you need to connect to the internet every 30 days in order to maintain an active status.

Multi-user access (Network license)

A multi-user access subscription allows multiple users on a single local area network (LAN) or a virtual private network (VPN) to have joint access to a single Revit network license. This license is perfect for teams of users as Revit can be installed on as many devices as possible. However, there is a limit on the number of simultaneous users, depending on the number of seats purchased. For example, you subscribe for multi-user access and purchase 10 seats; your company has 15 devices and 13 employees using Revit. You can install the software on all 15 computers, with all your 13 employees having access. However, only 10 of them would be able to use the software at a time.

The distribution of licenses to users on a network is controlled by the network license manager (NLM), installed on one or more servers. When a user on the network starts up Revit, the application request for a license from the license server. If a seat is available, the NLM assigns a license to the requesting computer. Once the user is done and exits the application, the license “returns” to NLM. You do not require an internet connection to use or activate network licenses since they are assigned by the NLM.

Revit pricing

As we went through the various subscription periods and license types for Revit, you have probably already chosen the plan that you feel is best. Not so fast! It’s time to review the pricing options. The table below shows the price for single-user licenses as well as multi-user licenses. The prices for the single-user licenses were sourced from the Autodesk online store while the prices for the multi-user licenses are sourced from an authorized reseller. All prices are in USD.

License type

Monthly

Annual

3 years

Single-user

$290

$2,310

$6,235

Multi-user

N/A

$3,150

$8,505

Autodesk also offers Revit in a heavily discounted AEC (Architecture, Engineering, and Construction) collection. This collection includes Revit, the entire AutoCAD family, Civil 3D, Infraworks, Navisworks Manage, 3ds Max, Formit 360, Recap 360 pro, and Insight 360. The table below shows the prices of subscriptions for the AEC collection.

License type

Monthly

Annual

3 years

Single-user 

$355

$2,825

$7,630

Multi-user 

N/A

$4,240

$11,450

To put your savings on the AEC collection into perspective, the table below shows the individual prices of annual single-user licenses for some of the major products available in the collection.

Product

Cost of an annual single-user license

Revit

$2,310

AutoCAD

$1,610

Civil 3D

$2,205

Infraworks 

$1,655

Navisworks Manage

$2,175

3ds Max

$1,545

Total

$11,500

The AEC is sold for $2,825; however, the actual price is $11,500. With savings of a whopping $8,675, the AEC collection is a no-brainer. It’s like getting Revit for the usual $2,310 and the rest of the amazing collection for just $515!


Other discounts

3D view of building in Revit

The 3D view of a building in Revit. (Image source)

Autodesk offers a number of discounts and freebies on Revit. Some of them are as follows.

Educational license

You can get a free, limited version of Revit for students, teachers, and educational institutions, through an educational license. This version is solely for the purposes of research, training, development, and learning. It must not be used for professional or commercial purposes. Single-user licenses offered to students and teachers may only be installed in a student’s or teacher’s laptop while multi-user licenses offered to institutions may only be installed on the institution’s devices.

Free trial

Autodesk allows users to enjoy the full version of Revit for free, over a period of 30 days. After this period users are expected to decide whether to either subscribe or discontinue usage.

20% off on trade-ins

Owners of perpetual licenses which Autodesk has since stopped selling can trade in these licenses for a subscription license at 20% off.

Are there alternatives to Revit?

Having gone through the pricing of Revit, it’s reasonable to want to consider alternative products.

Revit LT

If Revit is too broad for you, you can always try out Revit LT for $450 a year. This Lite version of Revit helps you create awesome 3D architectural designs.

Vectorworks

Vectorworks is Revit’s biggest industry rival. Vectorworks Architect and Vectorworks Landscape have very similar features to Revit, but at $2,895 each for a single-user perpetual license.

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