Naviate for Revit 2015 has the following prerequisites:

  • A computer running Windows 7x64 or Windows 8x64 (beginning with Revit 2015, 32-bit OS is no longer supported).
  • One (or more) of the Autodesk Revit 2015 verticals installed as by the following requirement matrix:

    Naviate \ AutodeskRevit ArchitectureRevit MEPRevit StructureRevit BDSU*
    Naviate Architecture  
    Naviate Electrical  
    Naviate HVAC&P  
    Naviate Structure  

    * Revit installed with Autodesk Building Design Suite Premium or Ultimate, or Infra Structure Design Suite Ultimate.

  • If you have bought the Naviate product(s), the license e-mail with your unique license number(s).
  • Administrative user rights to run the installation.

Download and unzip the installation files from your Naviate Community account or from the Naviate Community trial page. You should have either an MSI file with an associated CAB data file, or a single MSP file for hotfixes/minor updates.

Currently there are three types of licensing for the Naviate products - trial, local and network. If you are using the 30-day trial you can skip this section and go directly to the next.

Local (SLM) or network (NLM) licenses both require license numbers. When ordering any of the licensed Naviate products your will receive an e-mail with your unique license number(s), automatically sent from our license system.

If you have ordered network licenses you will need to set up a license server service on one of the servers in your local network.


Please follow the instructions in the license e-mail and associated video instruction carefully, and set up the license server before you start deploying the Naviate products on the workstation PCs. When the server is set up, make a test installation of the Naviate product and verify that the licensing is working properly before proceeding with the remaining computers.

Naviate for Revit content (aka symbol libraries) can either be located on local harddrive or on a network share. The default, and recommended location is on local disk. If you would like to use a network share instead, follow the steps below:

  • Set up the network share and make sure it is accessable on all computers/accounts that are going to use it.
  • Run one manual install of each of the Naviate for Revit products you are setting up, to act as "master installs", and use the default local location for all content. Make sure to select all country-specific content you need for each Naviate for Revit vertical - this might involve using the Custom Setup in the install dialogs.


    It is strongly recommended to keep the master installs for future updates of the content. It might also be a good idea to let the automatic update functionality (controlled by the command line UPDATEMODE parameter) stay on at all times, to eliminate the need for manual download of updates. Syncing between the content of the master installs and the network share can be accomplished with copy/sync tools like robocopy.

  • Copy the content installed locally, to your network share. You find the local folder structure under C:\ProgramData\Cad-Q\Naviate\Revit 2015\<Naviate vertical>\... .
  • The content is now set up for shared use. Uninstall the temporary local product installations. 
  • When running installations on the individual computers sharing the content, specify the network share for content in the Destination Folders dialog, for instance \\AECSHARE\Revit2015\Naviate A\Content A or P:\Revit2015\Naviate A\Content. The installation program will detect the network share location and skip the file copy part of the content setup.

Make sure you have both the MSI and CAB files in the same folder, then double-click on the MSI file to start the installation. (If you are installing a hotfix, double-click on the MSP file). Then follow the on-screen instructions, and note the following:

  • When entering customer data, please type in no-nonsense values! The information is used to simplify traceability for efficient support. You will only need to enter the information once since it is shared between all Naviate installations an will be filled in beforehand the next time you run a Naviate product installation.
  • Select the proper type of licensing and enter the license number for the correct Naviate vertical supplied in the e-mail. If you are using network licensing, enter port number@server name as mentioned in the instruction video.
  • If you would like to install more than the default country content library, select "Custom Setup" and select the content you prefer.

The Naviate for Revit installations can be run silently from the command line. The command line syntax is as follows:

msiexec /I “<msi>” /qb                     - Will update if older version exists, preserving old settings

msiexec /I “<msi>” <params> /qb   - Parameter controlled installation, parameters as follows


COMPANY=”company”                    - Company name
NAME=”name”                                 - User/admin name
EMAIL=email                                    - User/admin e-mail
PHONE=”number”                            - User/admin phone number
LANG=DK|FI|NO|SE                          - Country code for command set and content setting
LICENSETYPE=Trial|Local|Network  - Selected license type
LICENSENUMBER=number              - Needed if LICENSETYPE=Local|Network
LICENSESERVER=port@server       - Needed if LICENSETYPE=Network
INSTALLDIR=”path”                          - Program installation path
INSTALLDIR_CONTENT=”path”       - Content installation path
INSTALLLEVEL=200                        - Will install ALL country content packs
UPDATEMODE=0|2                          - New in v15.2.1: Disables (0) or enables (2) the UpdateManager. Default is 2. 


The COMPANY, NAME, EMAIL, PHONE and LANG parameters are, except when updating, mandatory.
The licensing parameters are optional. If no parameter is specified, Trial will be used.
The installdir... and install level parameters are optional and only for advanced users who know what they are doing!

In order to enforce proper installation of the Naviate products a number of custom system and configuration tests are run. When running manual installation you will receive a message when any of the tests fails. When running scripted installation, messages are written to the log file if logging is active (see the Microsft documentation for msiexec.exe) and the installation will generally terminate. The following custom tests are performed:

  • Parameter check: Proper values for the parameters listed above has to be specified either from the registry for an existing installation (when updating), or from the command line, or from the user interface. If the parameter set is found incomplete, the installation will terminate. If this situation occurs during scripted installation, the installation will terminate.
  • Parallel installation check: The registry is scanned for all Naviate for Revit 2015 verticals and if any is found, the INSTALLDIR for that vertical will be used and it will not be possible to change it from the command line or from the user interface. This is because the verticals share common functionality and unconditionally has to be installed in the same folder structure. Furthermore, if more than one vertical is found and the INSTALLDIRs are inconsistent, the installation will terminate since the setup is considered corrupt. To remedy this situation the Naviate for Revit verticals should be uninstalled and reinstalled to the same program installation folder. If this situation occurs during scripted installation, the installation will terminate.
  • Running Revit sessions check: If one or more running Revit sessions are found, a dialog is presented asking the user to shut them down before proceeding. This is because Revit may lock the access to common Naviate for Revit files that are to be updated. If this situation occurs during scripted installation, the installation will terminate.