What is Autodesk Seek?

By Anna Liza Montenegro | BIM

Autodesk Seek is a web service that allows designers, architects, engineers, students, etc to search and find manufacturer-specific or generic building products and associated design content. This content includes things like 3D models, 2D drawings, and specifications. Since Autodesk Seek is a web service, all you need to access it is an internet connection and a web browser (i.e. the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer). We put together a list of specific FAQs below that go into more detail about Autodesk Seek.

How do I download files from Autodesk Seek to use with my design applications?

After either searching or browsing for the file that you are looking for, select the row on the search results page that you are interested in. This will allow you to view additional details about the product that you are interested in and download the relevant design files. The first time you download a file, you will need to agree to the Terms and Conditions.

How can I use the files that I download from Autodesk Seek?

Your use of the files downloaded from Autodesk Seek is governed by the Terms and Conditions. This document contains important terms, conditions and disclaimers that affect your rights regarding the service.

What types of files are available from Autodesk Seek?

Autodesk has adopted an open approach in order to provide you with the design file or product specification that you need regardless of format. This service is not restricted to only providing you files that are of an Autodesk format. You will find everything from RFA and DWG files to DGN and SKP files to Microsoft Word documents and PDFs.

What are the sources of the content that I can find?

Autodesk Seek is indexing and categorizing content from several external sources as well as the content libraries that are provided with Revit Architecture 2009 and 2008, Revit MEP 2009 and 2008, Revit Structure 2009 and 2008, AutoCAD Architecture 2009 and 2008, and AutoCAD MEP 2009 and 2008. We will be frequently updating the content so keep checking the service on a regular basis.

How do I use the filters available on Autodesk Seek?

You can choose to filter by File Type (RFA, DWG, SKP, etc.) prior to running your search query or after you have a set of results. In addition, you can filter your search results by an additional set of parameters such as Manufacturer, Width, Height etc.

How do I use the browse capability on Autodesk Seek?

The browse capability on Autodesk Seek allows you to search for content using the search bar, or browse content using AEC industry standard classifications, including MasterFormat 2004, Omniclass 1.0, and Uniformat II.

How do I report a problem with using Autodesk Seek?

You are encouraged to ask questions, report problems and pose ideas via the Contact Us form in the header, or by emailing Autodesk directly at

If you have any other questions regarding Autodesk Seek, please visit or call Microsol Resources at 888-768-7568.


Published on April 29, 2015 in BIM.

About the Author

Anna Liza Montenegro develops design technology conferences for architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals as a forum to exchange innovative strategies, and best practices, and facilitate discussions into the technology trends driving significant change in building design and construction. As Director of Marketing and as a trained architect, these events are offered to AEC professionals by Microsol Resources, a value-added reseller of Autodesk, Bluebeam, Rhino, Chaos V-Ray & Enscape, Egnyte and other various technology partnerships.