FAQ 000639 EN-US

Data Management RFEM RSTAB

Does RFEM create a backup file while working? Where can I find it?


RFEM/RSTAB have an integrated backup function. You can find it in the working directory of the program. The current models are created here as subfolders of the program version. They include all files that are created during the modeling and calculation as well as the backup file Position.bak.

The working directory is created after the installation. You can find the file location using the menu "Options → Program Options" in the "Data Files" tab when setting the Working Directory category (see Figure 01).

Copy the Position.bak file in a different folder and rename to "Model.rf5" or "Model.rs8." Thus, you can open the files in RFEM or RSTAB.

The Position.bak file is automatically deleted when you exit the program properly. However, in the case of the program crash, the file still exists. You can restore it as described. When you open RFEM/RSTAB after the program crash, a message appears asking whether the backup file (Position.bak) should be opened again. Confirm it with [Yes] in order to load the backup file.

The automatic backup file will be overwritten as soon as you start working with another model or if you leave the old model open for too long (for example, a day).

You can define the interval of automatic file saving using the menu "Options → Program Options" in the "Program" tab (see Figure 02).


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RFEM Main Program
RFEM 5.xx

Main Program

Structural engineering software for finite element analysis (FEA) of planar and spatial structural systems consisting of plates, walls, shells, members (beams), solids and contact elements

Price of First License
3,540.00 USD
RSTAB Main Program
RSTAB 8.xx

Main Program

The structural engineering software for design of frame, beam and truss structures, performing linear and nonlinear calculations of internal forces, deformations, and support reactions

Price of First License
2,550.00 USD