Import and export rebar definitions

Last updated March 10, 2020 by Tekla User Assistance

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Import and export rebar definitions

Import and export rebar definitions

Use importing and exporting for merging rebar definitions across different catalogs, models, and Tekla Structures environments and versions. To use reinforcing bars and strands in other Tekla Structures models, you can export rebar definitions to a file (*.inp), and then import the file into another Tekla Structures model.


You can also download or share rebar catalogcatalog that displays reinforcing bar types with a predefined bending radius and hook dimensions

content using Tekla Warehouseservice for collaboration and for storing and sharing Tekla Structures content

In Tekla Warehouse the content items are stored in collections. Tekla Warehouse includes the Tekla Warehouse Service and the Tekla Warehouse web site.

Tekla Warehouse is one of the Tekla Online services.


Import definitions to the rebar catalog

You can customize the rebar cataloguser interface for displaying or modifying information in categorized lists

For example, profile catalog and shape catalog are catalogs.

by importing rebar definitions from an .inp file.

  1. Open the model to which you want to import rebar definitions.
  2. On the File menu, click Catalogs > Rebar catalog to open the Rebar catalog dialog box.
  3. Click Import.
  4. In the Import rebar definitions dialog box, browse for the folder that contains the import file, select the file, and then click Open.

    Tekla Structures checks if there are duplicates in the definitions in the import file compared to the rebar catalog.

  5. If rebar definitions with the same properties as the definitions being imported already exist in the rebar catalog, a confirmation dialog box appears and you have the following three options:
    • Click Overwrite to replace all existing definitions with the newly imported definitions.

    • Click Keep existing to discard the duplicate definitions being imported and to only import the new definitions.

    • Click Cancel to not to import any definitions.

  6. Click Save to save the changes to the rebar catalog.
  7. To use the newly imported definitions in the model, reopen the model.

Export definitions from the rebar catalog

You can export all or selected rebar definitions, or a selected group of a rebar catalog to a file (.inp).

  1. Open the model from which you want to export rebar definitions.
  2. On the File menu, click Catalogs > Rebar catalog to open the Rebar catalog dialog box.
  3. Do one of the following:
    • To export the entire catalog, click Export > Export all.

    • To export a certain group only, select the group, right-click and select Export.

    • To export certain definitions only, select the definitions and then click Export > Export selected.

      Alternatively, you can right-click on one of the selected definitions and then select Export.

  4. In the Export as dialog box, browse for a folder, enter a name for the export file, and then click Save.

    By default, Tekla Structures saves the file to the current modelmodel that is active in Tekla Structures

    The current model can be a single-user model, a shared model or a working model.


    The file name extension is .inp.

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