Saving & sharing of Working project files in .wbpz format

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vganore posted this 08 February 2018

Hello Friends, 

Please use .wbpz archive format for sharing your project files in student community. To do that, go to Workbench>Archive. 120 MB is the maximum file size that you can attach. 

If the file size exceeds 120 MB, right click on Model or Mesh, and Clear Generated Data, to delete the mesh and the solution from the project. File>Save As a new name and then File>Archive to create a much smaller .wbpz file.

See below:


To open an archive file, use the File>Restore Archive menu.

Vishal Ganore,

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Zizi96 posted this 26 February 2018

Does saving as a wbpz file allow me to open the file on a previous version of ANSYS.

For example if I did a project on my personal computer with ANSYS 18.2, could save the project.wbpz file and then open and continue working on it with another computer that ANSYS 17.8?

peteroznewman posted this 26 February 2018

No. You can only open an archive with the same or newer release of ANSYS.

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Zizi96 posted this 27 February 2018

Ok, is there any way to save and open on a previous version on ANSYS Workbench?

peteroznewman posted this 27 February 2018

I don't know of any way to open a new file in an old version.  There is an export function in Mechanical that will write out a file. You can try that. I've never tried to go backward.

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maurya posted this 29 March 2018

use the .rst file to open in mechanical apdl  of any older version of workbench or apdl file. or you can crete input file in workbench tools> write  input file.


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bsista posted this 28 June 2018

The best way of opening files created in newer versions in previous versions of WB is to write out the CDB file and then read it via External Model. Depending on how old the previous version is, some of the information will be lost. Generally, the mesh, the material assignments, and the connections come through but do not expect to import loads and boundary conditions. The import options for CDB files are improving significantly with every release. 

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bsista posted this 28 June 2018

The export option in Mechanical writes out a mechdat file which is not backward compatible so you still have this issue. The advantage with the mechdat file is that it can be used for transferring any system between different WB projects. Also, if you're interested in sharing just one system which is part of a bigger WB project, then one may just share the mechdat file so it helps in reducing the file size for sharing purpose.

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ikra posted this 28 March 2019

Hi bsista, 

I'm want to open an older version of WB and WP, with my Ansys 19.2 ? can help me please in this ?

You say that I must to write out the CDB file and then read it via external Model. Can you explain me this in more detail 


Thank you