Renaming Nested Families

Hi there,

I’m trying to tidy up our templates and have come across a nested family that my predecessor named poorly. I’d like to rename this nested family but it is in multiple families with the template. can i rename this with dynamo?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

@joseph.barberV526R if it is a shared family, renaming it in the template is enough, if it is not, you need to background open every family, search for that family, rename it then load the host family to the template, the Orchid package has plenty of nodes to open, edit, load and save families

Hi, is correct to suggest other packages because Dynamo OODB doesn’t allow you to reach the not-shared nested families.

However, not necessarily you have to open the family, apply the changes and then reload it to the project.
The operation can be performed by changing the Family class property “Family.Name” with the desired one. To do so, you just have to open a transaction in the document where the family is stored (that could be a project or a family-document).

At last, I want to thank you for this post because was for me of inspiration for a new post on my blog:
Rename Families and their nested (

Here you can find a dynamo node (Macro4BIM package) that does the trick :slight_smile: