Downloading Library Catalogs

Reference Number: KB-00048
Last Modified: May 24, 2022

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or Home Designer Suite


How can I locate fixtures, furnishings, and other objects to place into my plans? 


Fixtures, furnishings, and much more can all be downloaded into your Home Designer program's Library Browser.

Home Designer will prompt you to install the core content library files the first time the program is launched. If you do not download the Core Content at that time, though, you can do so later on when it is more convenient.

In addition to the core content, select bonus and manufacturer content can be downloaded from the 3D Library and imported into Home Designer.

To download and install core content

  1. Launch Home Designer and start a New Plan .

  2. Select Library> Install Core Content from the menu.

    The Core Catalogs contain a lot of data, which may take some time to download. A progress indicator will display at the bottom of the Library Browser side window, if it is open.

  3. When the Core Catalogs have been completely installed, an information message will display advising that "Your Library Catalogs are up to date." Click OK.

    Information box stating "Your Library Catalogs are up to date."

  4. The Library Browser side window is docked on the right side of the program window. You can open and close it by selecting View> Library Browser , and can both browse and search its contents.

    Note: If the Core Catalogs install with errors, or you believe that you may be missing content, select Library> Update Library Catalogs from the menu. If you continue to experience errors, please visit the "Troubleshooting Library Download Issues" resource linked in the Related Articles section below.

To download bonus or manufacturer catalogs

  1. Select Library> Get Additional Content Online from within the software.

    You can also access the 3D Library from the Home Designer website by navigating to User Center> Catalog & Content Downloads or from within your Chief Architect account by navigating to Home Designer> Catalog Downloads.

  2. In the top right corner, click on Log In To Download and proceed to sign in to the Chief Architect account associated with your Home Designer program.

    If you're already signed in, your Chief ID will be listed alongside a Log Out option instead. If you do not have a Chief Architect account, please see the "Creating a Chief Architect Account" resource in the Related Articles section below or contact our Customer Service team.

    Note: Once logged in, be sure to select the correct Product Family, Product, and Version using the filtering options in the top right corner, as each catalog is designed to work with specific programs only. If you download and import a catalog that was not intended for your program, it may install successfully, but its content will not be available to use.

  3. Click on a library category to expand the contents.

    • Catalogs with Free next to the download arrow are free to download and access.

    • Catalogs with a dollar amount (e.g. $2.99) listed are available for purchase.

    • Catalogs with SSA Only next to the download arrow require an SSA (Support & Software Assurance) subscription, of which is only available for Chief Architect Premier and Chief Architect Interiors products.

    • Mouse over the Info  symbol for a summary of details.

    • Click on the catalog thumbnail image to go to the full overview page of the catalog.

    • Click the Like button if you think the catalog is as described, of good quality, and worth recommending to others

  4. To download a bonus or manufacturer catalog, click on the Download Arrow icon or the Download Download button button.

  5. You will be prompted to select a version. Click on the Home Designer version you want to download the catalog for.

  6. Depending on your web browser, you will be prompted to either Open or Save the .calibz file.

    Some web browsers will automatically download and open a file, and some will automatically save the file to your computer.

    If you're unsure where the downloaded library file may have gone, check the Downloads folder on your system.

  7. If you chose to Open the file, it should start the download and import process into Home Designer automatically.

    Note: If the catalog fails to import into the program automatically, please follow the steps in the "Associating Plan, Layout, and Library Files with the Latest Version of Chief Architect or Home Designer" resource located in the Related Articles section below. Once you have followed the steps in the article, repeat Steps 4 - 6 above.

    If you chose to Save the file, then you will need to import the library manually. Select Library> Import Library from within the Home Designer program and then browse to where you saved the .calibz file. Typically, this will be your Downloads folder on your system. Select the .calibz file, choose Open, and the library will then be imported into your Library Browser. If you choose to use this process to import libraries, you can group select multiple .calibz files on your system and import them all at once.

  8. Once one or more libraries have been imported, an Information message will display advising that "The Library Import has completed successfully..." followed by the number of items that have been imported. Click OK.

    Information box stating "The Library Import has completed successfully."

  9. The imported catalog can now be found in the Library Browser by either navigating to its location, or by searching.

Core, bonus, and manufacturer catalogs are updated periodically to include new and improved content. You can update your installed catalogs to include the latest content by selecting Library> Update Library Catalogs at any time.

The program will gather information about the content in each of these three categories, and then download and replace any content that is not up to date.