ArchiCAD 18 - Installation | Step-by-Step Guide


ArchiCAD 18 Installation Instructions

The installer will first check your Java environment. ArchiCAD installer will automatically install Java 1.7.0 if it is not present on your computer.


Begin Installation of ArchiCAD 18

On Windows: Click on Install Graphisoft ArchiCAD 18 in the menu to start the installation Wizard.

The installer will first check your Java environment. ArchiCAD installer will automatically install Java 1.7.0 if it is not present on your computer.

On Mac: The ArchiCAD volume will be mounted on your desktop. Open this volume and click the “ArchiCAD 18 Installer” icon to begin the start-up presentation. Click on Install Graphisoft ArchiCAD 18 in the menu to start the Installation Wizard.


Choose License Option

Click one of the two radio buttons depending on your type of license:

  • Select I have a Hardware License Key for ArchiCAD if you have a commercial license.
  • Select I have a Serial number for ArchiCAD if you have an Educational (EDU) license.

Hardware License Key

If you have a Hardware License key (for either network or stand-alone use), you are asked to indicate which kind of hardware key you have. Click the option that corresponds to your hardware key.

  • CodeMeter Hardware License Key: Choose this option if you have a local or network CodeMeter Hardware License key.
  • WIBU-Box Hardware License Key: Choose this option if you have a local or network WIBU Hardware License key. (This is your choice if you are upgrading from an earlier ArchiCAD version for which you used WIBU-Box.) The WIBU-Box Hardware License key system will be installed in addition to the CodeMeter driver.

Note: Regardless of which type of license key you choose, you can use either a standalone key or access a network key on a server machine.


Program Folder Selection

After accepting the license agreement, define a location on your computer’s hard drive for installing ArchiCAD 18.


Choose Setup Type

There are three types of installations available:

  • The Typical option installs all components of ArchiCAD 18. It is recommended to use this option when first installing ArchiCAD.
  • The Custom option installs only the selected parts of the full ArchiCAD package. Choose Custom only if you are experienced in installing and using ArchiCAD.
  • A third option, Installation Package Creation is also available. Use this only if you have already configured and saved ArchiCAD defaults in a separate folder.

Start Menu Location (Windows 7 Only)

Define the Program Folder (default folder: GRAPHISOFT) in which to place the “ArchiCAD 18” menu.


Installation Process

After viewing the summary of your installation choices, click Install to begin the installation process.


Shortcuts

As part of the install process you can create an “ArchiCAD 18” Desktop shortcut.

On Mac, you can also create a Dock icon.


Work Environment Profiles

As part of the installation process, if the installer detects an earlier version of ArchiCAD on your machine, you will have the option of importing any customized Work Environment Profiles from projects in versions ArchiCAD 9 through 17.


Complete Installation

Click Finish to complete the installation process.


Insert Hardware License Key

After installing ArchiCAD, you should first restart your computer, then insert the hardware License key into the USB port of your computer.


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