This article covers the steps users need to install the cove.tool geometry export plugins. Cove.tool Plugins are free of charge and can be found on their respective Extension Library Platforms Below. Tutorials and other help resources for plugins can be found in cove.tool's plugin page. 

Autodesk Revit (v. 2017-2020)

Download the Revit Plugin at Autodesk's App Store. Plugin is compatible with Revit 2017 and later. 

Install Automatically 

  1. Download and install the MSI file from here
  2. Run the MSI, to install the plugin locally. (image 1)
  3. Restart Revit. A Security Panel will appear (image 2) upon opening Revit. Select the Always Load option to enable the cove.tool plugin inside Revit. 

Install Manually (location sensitive)

  1. Unzip “CoveRevit” and add the contents to folder location C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\Revit\Addins\YYYY
  2. Restart Revit. A Security Panel will appear (image 2) upon opening Revit. Select the Always Load option to enable the cove.tool plugin inside Revit. 

Note: If a user has previously downloaded the Revit plugin with the Install Manually process, they will not be able to download a different version of the plugin until the previous plugin plugin documents have been deleted. [Not necessary for different versions of Revit.] To overwrite the previous plugin version, locate the folder "C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\Revit\Addins\YYYY" and delete files "CoveRevit (Folder)" & "CoveRevit.addin". After you have successfully deleted these files, install the updated versions with your preferred download method. 

SketchUp (v. 2016 - 2019)

Download the SketchUp Plugin from the Cove.tool Plugin Page. The plugin is compatible with SketchUp 2016 through 2019. 


  1. From PC Users, add the “CoveTool_SketchUpExtension_2.0.0.rbz” file to C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Roaming\SketchUp\SketchUp YYYY\SketchUp\Plugins.
    For Mac Users, add the download .rbz file to folder location:
    ~/Library/ApplicationSupport/SketchUp YYYY/SketchUp/Plugins 
  2. Launch SketchUp
  3. Inside SketchUp, under the Windows tab, locate the Extension Manager. Inside the Extension Manager, cove.tool should be listed as "Cove.tool SketchUp Extension" (image 4)
  4. If listed, then you may have a previous version of the plugin already loaded to your SketchUp. To overwrite this version and enable the latest plugin, select the Install Extension button at the bottom of the window. Locate the .RBZ download file in your folders. Once listed in extension manager, enable the extension. 
  5. Once the plugin has been successfully installed, a new tool bar should appear (image 3). Selecting the extensions tab>cove.tool should prompt the tool bar to launch. 


Download the Rhino/Grasshopper Plugin from Plugin is compatible with Rhino 5 and Rhino 6 with grasshopper extensions.  

If you are using Rhino 5, make sure you have installed GhPython and Grasshopper for Rhino 5.0 (64-bit), to continue with the plugin process. Version previous to Rhino v.5.0 are not compatible with the cove.tool plugin.

Locate the downloaded .zip file, and extract contents to a familiar location. In Rhino, launch grasshopper and select the .gh file inside to unzipped folder to loas the plugin definition. The most recent version of the plugin published is titled "covetool_daylight_energy_v2.0.2" or higher. Once the script load, users should see the image at the top of this article.

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