Opening RFA files

Have a problem opening a .RFA file? We collect information about file formats and can explain what RFA files are. Additionally we recommend software suitable for opening or converting such files.

What is the .RFA file type?

The primary association of the .rfa filename extension belongs to the Autodesk Revit Family (.rfa) file type and format. RFA files are used in Autodesk Revit, an established commercial BIM (Building Information Modeling) CAD system from Autodesk, to save families.

A family (.rfa) is a 2D or 3D feature or object that can consists of several views of the same entity, saved in Microsoft's OLE2 Compound Document Storage format. Revit families are usually created from family templates (.rft) provided with Autodesk Revit for both the imperial and metric systems. Besides, a family can be created from normal AutoCAD drawings (.dwg).

RFA family files can be opened (imported) in Autodesk Revit only. The trial version of Autodesk Revit incorporates RFA viewer tool that remains functional after the trial period expires. Many manufacturers of BIM items such as electrical or plumbing appliances provide RFA family files for their products.

The .rfa extension also denotes the Refractor File Archive (.rfa) file type and format. RFA is used as the primary map/level resource archive format in Battlefield 1942, a single- and multi-player FPS game from Digital Illusions CE (Electronic Arts) based on the second version of the Refractor Engine. The .rfa file contains the game's resources for a certain area map or level. In an unmodded installation, RFA files are located in the "Program Files\EA Games\Battlefield 1942\Archives\bf1942\levels" directory. There are several unofficial tools and detailed instructions for manipulating RFA archives for modding purposes.

Apart from that, the .rfa extension also denotes the Ricoh LAN-Fax Destination List (.rfa) file type/format used with Ricoh networked fax machines, like MP C6502/C8002 Series. Here, the .rfa file contains a list of address book entries with fax numbers and e-mail addresses.

Software to open or convert RFA files

You can open RFA files with the following programs: 

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