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Beside commercial software packages there is also a number of software tools free of charge (freeware) that support IFC. Tools include viewer to visualize an IFC model, often in conjunction with showing the project structure and the properties of objects, text browser to show the original IFC file for debugging, converter to convert project data from/to other file formats, and syntax checker to check the formal validity of IFC files.

 Freeware IFC tools for visualizing, checking and translating IFC files

Areddo, a BIM viewer for IFC and pointclouds (.PTS) -->Website

Open Source BIM Server, an open source BIM Server based on IFC -->Website

BIM Surfer, an open source WebGL viewer for IFC in the webbrowser -->Website

IFC2SKP, IFC Import Plugin for Google SketchUp 8 --> Download

Constructivity Model Viewer, a viewer for IFC Data --> Download

BIM Vision, first Polish browser for IFC format--> Download

DDS IFC Viewer, a viewer for IFC Data *.ifc, *.ifcZIP, *ifcxml, *gbxml--> Download

DDS IFC Reader, drag & drop IFC files and examine --> Download

IfcQuickBrowser, Text-browser for large IFC files. The IFC file is displayed in a tree structure. --> Download

IfcOpenShell is a free open source IFC geometry engine. Besides the library itself, it features an importer for Autodesk 3ds Max, an importer for Blender and a stand-alone application to convert into the Wavefront .OBJ file format. --> Website

FZKViewer, a viewer for IFC and CityGML Data. --> Download IfcStoreyView, a viewer for IFC Data. --> Download

IfcViewer, a viewer for IFC Data. --> Download

IfcWalkThrough, an application for virtually walk through IFC building models. --> Download

IfcObjectCounter, an IFC file checker --> Download

Nemetschek IFC Viewer, free 3D IFC Viewer, supports IFC format and XML IFC Format -->Download (Dead link) Support Forum, open Support Forum for IFC Viewer --> visit forum

IFC File Analyzer, Create an Excel spreadsheet from an IFC file -->Download SteelVis - CIS/2 to IFC Translator, CIS/2 is the product model for structural steel -->Download

Open source BIM collectiveThe open source BIM Collective is created to support and build the highest-quality open source Building Information Modeling software for open standards like IFC. Projects like IfcWebServer, BIM tools for sketchup, UBERviewer (CityGML and IFC),, IfcOpenShell and BIMsurfer team up to create a stable suite of free and open source tools for everybody to use! --> Website

Open IFC tools, a set of tools for open source IFC development. --> Overview

including open Java toolbox, IFC loader for Java-3d, Boolean modeller, and Schedule assistent

IFC Viewer, an IFC Viewer for Windows (DirectX 9), Unicode, IFC 2x3 (TC1) as well as IFC 4 and both 32/64 bit versions. -->Download

IFC Viewers Source Code, the same viewer with C++ source code for 32/64 bit Unicode, including non-Unicode versions and a C# 32 bit version. -->Download

IFC Examples Source Code, C++ and C# examples of IFC applications reading/writing including 'Hello Wall'/'Hello World' and IFC Viewers (all based on the IFC Engine DLL]). -->Download

Solibri IFC Optimizer, a tool for optimizing/compressing IFC files Solibri IFC Optimizer Solibri Model Viewer, a viewer for IFC and Solibri Model Checker Data Solibri Model Viewer

(Both Solibri softwares run on Windows and Mac OS X.)

Tekla BIMsight, *.ifc, *.ifcZIP, *ifcxml,.dgn, .dwg, .xml files, you can combine models and run clash detection for free --> Download

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