20 | 09 | 2017

AutoCAD 2010 & 2011 VBA support

From the Autodesk site:

Autodesk has begun the transition of VB customization from VBA to .NET technology. Currently, VBA is still supported in Autodesk products. However, starting with AutoCAD 2010 (and 2011), VBA is no longer part of the default AutoCAD installation and must be downloaded and installed separately. If you utilize VBA macros in your work environment, they will no longer work unless the VBA module is installed on your system. 

When you run a command that requires VBA, a message dialog box will be displayed stating that VBA is no longer installed with AutoCAD and directing you to a website where you can download the VBA module. Autodesk is making the VBA module available for download at the following location:


VBA components posted on this website will be available for all languages that AutoCAD and industry-specific versions of AutoCAD support.

To deploy the VBA download in an enterprise environment, you must download and extract the VBA Enabler and then run the following script:



' Scripted installation for VBA Enabler

option explicit


' define variables

dim shell

dim productType

dim strInstallLevel

dim strSourcePath


' Script initialization

Set shell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")


productType = "BonusPack"

strInstallLevel=5      ' 5 installs everything, 3 installs typical


' Source to install from (e.g. Z:\install\Autodesk\ AcVbaInstallerInstall \CDROM1)

strSourcePath = "C:\Autodesk\AutoCAD_2010_VBA_Enabler_Install_Image\CDROM1"






Function RunStandaloneInstall

   shell.run DefaultCommand(),2,1

end function


Function DefaultCommand

   dim retString

' /q for silent install ' /c [key] override parameters for the key

   retString = """" & strSourcePath & "\setup.exe " & """" & " /t /q /c " & productType & ": "

   retString = retString & "InstallLevel=" & strInstallLevel 

   DefaultCommand = retString

end function



' </script_end>----------------------------------------------------------------

Autodesk is evaluating how long VBA will be supported in Autodesk products in the future. Though supported in the AutoCAD 2010/2011-based products, it may or may not be supported in future releases. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that VB developers develop all new code using VB .NET.


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