Sneak Peek to Rhino.Inside Revit

By Sofia Jaramillo | Visualization

McNeel has developed a new technology that allows Rhino 7 to run in pretty much any Windows Application, with open-source developments underway for Unity, AutoCAD, and even Revit, enabling seamless access to the API and model data. This new capability is called Rhino Inside. It means that Rhino/Grasshopper can now be used inside Revit as a direct plug-in.

To try Rhino.Inside.Revit you will need Rhino 7 installed along with Rhino.Inside.Revit Beta, which is the Add-on for Revit. Rhino.Inside Revit allows you to link both platforms and avoid all need to import or export geometry. This creates an unprecedented integration between these applications. It is now possible to:

  • Start Rhino and Grasshopper as an add-in to other applications.
  • Drive the host application with Grasshopper definitions.
  • Use the host’s APIs in a Grasshopper and Rhino plug-in.
  • Use Rhino’s APIs in the host’s plug-ins.
  • Create native objects in the host application with Rhino and Grasshopper.

In typical McNeel style, the technology was quietly uploaded to GitHub to be tested and to see what the community thought of it. Through requests from testers, the feature set grew and it’s really only been this summer that McNeel folks and Microsol Resources have been openly presenting it in public.

To get an introduction of Rhino.Inside and hear from those early testers of its capability, check out these following videos:

Introduction to Rhino.Inside Revit

Have you ever wondered how to get Rhino models into Revit? Watch this introductory video by Scott Davidson from McNeel about one of Rhino’s 7 new technology: Rhino.Inside Revit, a project that allows you to access Rhino and Grasshopper core functionalities from within another application; in this case, Autodesk Revit and learn where to find the information and how to install it.

From Rhino into Revit

Watch how to transfer information from Rhino to Revit, creating Revit objects from Rhino geometry. See how editing objects in Rhino affects its counterparts in Revit, through this live link without any need to import or export! (3’41“) Download the sample files for this video.

From Revit into Rhino

In this video, you will learn how to transfer geometry from Revit into Rhino. This is a common workflow used for manufacturing purposes or for 3D printing the model. (3’56”) Download the sample files for this video.

Using Grasshopper Parameters in Autodesk Revit

In this video, Scott Davidson will show how to use parameters in Revit through Rhino’s generative design plugin, Grasshopper. You’ll also learn how to use Human UI, a Grasshopper plugin, to create your own dialog boxes that can interact with Autodesk Revit. (5’31“) Download the sample files for this video.

Interacting with Revit Objects

Watch this video to learn how to reference Revit elements using Grasshopper parameters and output Revit objects. You can edit these objects in Revit and have the Grasshopper freeform geometry update accordingly. (4’10”) Download the sample files for this video.


Revit.Inside is a work in progress but is already generating a lot of excitement among its target user base. It opens up a whole new level of integration between the McNeel ecosystem of applications and Revit data.

Rhino.Inside Revit Gets Better

Significant enhancements in April

  • New Document-Aware Grasshopper Components
  • New Wall Components
  • New Curtain Wall Components
  • Dedicated YouTube Channel
  • Revit 2021 Support

Ready to upgrade to Rhino 7 to have access to Rhino.Inside? Feel free to contact us at 

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It requires Rhino 7 (or Rhino 7 evaluation version), 64 bit Windows or later, and Revit 2018-2021.


Published on November 13, 2019 in Visualization.

About the Author

Sofia Jaramillo joined Microsol as an Account Executive in 2018 and supports all our AEC clients across the U.S. with Rhino, V-Ray, and Enscape software. Sofia is also an Autodesk Account Executive for the West Coast and the Florida Market. Born and raised in Colombia, and has found a new passion within the field of design and construction.