Autodesk AutoCAD Alternatives

    Known for robust compatibility and as the standard application for computer-aided design, Autodesk AutoCAD supports a wide variety of files formats. Though there are other alternatives that support the opening of .dwg files that store 2D and 3D data.

    As AutoCAD is paid software, you might want to look into the many free alternatives that are available. On top of this, though AutoCAD is available on most popular desktop and mobile operating systems, it does not have a Linux-based client, so alternatives to AutoCAD that run on Linux are available as well.

    The list of alternatives was last updated on Dec 3, 2020

    • FreeCAD is a general purpose parametric 3D CAD modeler. The development is completely Open Source (LGPL License).
      Most users think this is great alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Gu
      Freecad is (as mentioned in the description) for 3D parametric CAD, and has no drafting functionality worth speaking of. Not a bad program, but certainly not an AutoCAD replacement. It has much more similarity to SolidWorks than AutoCAD
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      Negative comment • more than a year ago

      Gu
      Autocad is a 2d cad mostly. Freecad is a parametric design software. Different purposes different design paradigm.
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      Negative comment • more than a year ago

      Gu
      FreeCAD is a 3D parametric CAD whereas AutoCAD is more oriented for 2D drawings. On the other hand, FreeCAD is still buggy and lacks of important workbenches (whereas others like a robot simulator are available even if they are not suitable for a professional use)
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      Negative comment • 11 months ago

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    • Ambitious but cheaper AutoCAD alternative, with a focus on 2D CAD and support for 3D.
      Almost everyone think this is great alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD.
      • Windows
      Gu
      Because i'ts equal in 2D part. Very good, has free version, and multiplatform.
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago

      Gu
      Despite my continuous research, I have never found anything else closer and compatible to autocad. I say this with a critical spirit, because compatibility is good, not perfect ...Unfortunately.
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago

      rb
      the free version really read/write autocad files.
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    • LibreCAD (originally QCad then CADuntu) is an open source 2D CAD application for Windows, Apple and Linux.
      Most users think this is great alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • PortableApps.com
      Gu
      LibreCAD can't reliably open .dwg files, which are an industry standard in construction. This means it is not a viable alternative for many people. LibreCAD does not support XRefs, although fewer people use that functionality.
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      Negative comment • 7 months ago

      um
      A lightweight, AutoCAD-like 2D CAD program. Feature set is smaller than AutoCAD, but is sufficient to work with 2D drawings. A command line is available, as well as a built-in scripting language. If you have experience in AutoCAD, then there will be no problems with working in LibreCAD. There is a support forum and wiki.
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      Positive comment • 12 months ago

      Gu
      Ideal for preparing 2D drawings. Better than AutoCAD LT in some ways but can be a bit flaky.
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    • CMS IntelliCAD® is a full-featured Compatible CAD Software. CMS IntelliCAD also offers a full suite of 2D and 3D AutoCAD® software compatible drawing tools! It is the smartest choice for anyone who creates or communicates using CAD drawings.
      Almost everyone think this is great alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD.
      • Windows
      ho
      Intellicad meets my different needs. It comes with every possible feature I need(Curves, Rendering, commands). It is an extremely impressive software.
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago

      grahamg894199
      IntelliCAD is a good program to start and produce engineering drawings, modeling and designing mechanic or structural components.
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago

      da
      The intuitive nature of the functions and practical overview of the software is unique. It is price worthy and simply superb.
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    • SketchUp (formerly Google Sketchup) is a 3D modeling computer program for a wide range of drawing applications such as architectural, interior design, civil and mechanical...
      Some users think this is a great alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD, some doesn't.
      • Freemium
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Online
      Gu
      This is not as same as Autocad 2D
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      Negative comment • more than a year ago

      Gu
      Despite Sketchup not being a "True CAD" tool, it's a viable alternative for a similar real life goals, at least for planning hobbyist home renovations.
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago

      Gu
      Sketchup is a 3D modelling package, not a CAD package.
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    • BricsCAD the first all-in-one CAD design solution in .dwg that answers all your needs; 2D drafting, 3D modeling, mechanical design, and BIM. BricsCAD is a cost-effective, innovative, and familiar CAD solution.
      Almost everyone think this is great alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD.
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Gu
      BricaCAD runs most native AutoCAD programming interfaces, lisp, diesel, pgp, brx (modified arx).
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago

      pa
      Fully compatible with AutoCAD and .dwg, provide a free version, multi-platform including Linux, Mac and Windows, 2D design, 3D modeling, mechanical design and BIM. It's for sure not only the best alternative, but for me, it's the new standard.
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      Positive comment • 12 months ago

    • 2D computer-aided design software aimed towards professional use with an open API and DWG support.
      Most users think this is great alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD.
      • Windows
      Gu
      Our autocad needs are simple and NanoCad seems to have everything we need.
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago

    • OpenSCAD is a software for creating solid 3D CAD objects. It is free software and available for Linux/UNIX, MS Windows and MacOS.
      Most users think this is great alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
    • QCAD is an application for computer aided drafting in 2D.
      Most users think this is great alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD.
      • Free Personal
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Gu
      Easy to learn and quite similar to AutoCAD (same paradigm)
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      Positive comment • 11 months ago

      fr
      Customizable, easy learning curve and much cheaper than AutoCad.
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago

    • Open source 3D geometry modeling system with a robust feature set developed over 20 years.
      Most users think this is great alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux