A nonlinear fiber element for analysis of jacket type offshore structures is formulated and implemented in the nonlinear program DRAIN-3DX. This element can be used for modeling the nonlinear behavior of both strut and portal members. The element predicts buckling load and post buckling behavior of strut members accurately. It also produces fairly accurate results for yield load and post yield behavior of portal members. This element is verified using the experimental data for individual strut and portal members subjected to cyclic displacements. The element is then used to predict nonlinear behavior of two tested X-braced jackets made of tubular members under cyclic lateral displacement. The results are in good agreement with experiments and the results of other analytical models in terms of frame hysteretic behavior, energy dissipation, buckling load, load-deformation curve, strength and stiffness degradation.