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 Dec 3, 2020

    • FreeCAD is a general purpose parametric 3D CAD modeler. The development is completely Open Source (LGPL License). View 92 alternatives to FreeCAD
      Most users think FreeCAD is a great alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD.
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      FreeCAD vs Autodesk AutoCAD
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      eduardoortiz1 Because is an user friendly software and is free to use.Autodesk Autocad is very expensive
      Top positive comment  about 3 years ago

      I use Freecad to design my 3D printing models.
      Top positive comment  over 5 years ago

      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
      Top negative comment  over 4 years ago

      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)
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

      Autocad is a 2d cad mostly. Freecad is a parametric design software. Different purposes different design paradigm.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

      AutoCAD is a 2D drawing program, mostly used for architecture and structures. FreeCAD is 3D and aimed at mechanical engineers. They do different things.
      Negative comment about 3 years ago

      Not bad for a free Software, but Workflow seems very antiquated and unneccessarily complicated. It lacks logic on available tools in different workbenches. There are much ways to get to your goal but every way takes really a lot of clicks and more of trial and error.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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    • Ambitious but cheaper AutoCAD alternative, with a focus on 2D CAD and support for 3D. View 83 alternatives to DraftSight
      Almost everyone thinks DraftSight is a great alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD.
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      DraftSight vs Autodesk AutoCAD
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      Because i'ts equal in 2D part. Very good, has free version, and multiplatform.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      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.
      Top positive comment  almost 3 years ago

      Good compatibility and excellent 2D drafting tools
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      It is almost the same as Autocad for 2D drawings. It is very good for small size drawings but no so good graphical performace for more complex drawings.
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

      This is the closest program in functionality to Autocad, It could use some stability improvements.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

      rbadillarx the free version really read/write autocad files.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

      One of the better, if not the best CAD for Linux. Works on Fedora, would recommend this program.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

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    • LibreCAD (originally QCad then CADuntu) is an open source 2D CAD application for Windows, Apple and Linux. View 106 alternatives to LibreCAD
      Most users think LibreCAD is a great alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD.
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      umix 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.
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

      Ideal for preparing 2D drawings. Better than AutoCAD LT in some ways but can be a bit flaky.
      Top positive comment  about 2 years ago

      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.
      Top negative comment  11 months ago

      No open AutoCAD files, say need permissions.
      Negative comment 12 months ago

      Autocad is based on text command usage. But librecad totally lacks it. And in addition, Librecad cannot open dlg files, only native cad files.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

      No blockeditor or creating dynamic blocks.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

      If you know Autocad, you will learn librecad lightning fast.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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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. View 58 alternatives to CMS IntelliCAD
      Almost everyone thinks CMS IntelliCAD is a great alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD.
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      CMS IntelliCAD vs Autodesk AutoCAD
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      hottoiserica895 Intellicad meets my different needs. It comes with every possible feature I need(Curves, Rendering, commands). It is an extremely impressive software.
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

      grahamg IntelliCAD is a good program to start and produce engineering drawings, modeling and designing mechanic or structural components.
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

      Freaking great for the tools included in this software
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      livinus_e CMS IntelliCAD is a solid solution to completely replace AutoCAD. It has multitude of tools to work with. The user experience is also very sharp and support DWG from other software.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      davidjeffsryn The intuitive nature of the functions and practical overview of the software is unique. It is price worthy and simply superb.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

    • 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... View 151 alternatives to SketchUp
      Some users think SketchUp is a great alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD, some don't.
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      SketchUp vs Autodesk AutoCAD
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      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.
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

      This is not as same as Autocad 2D
      Top negative comment  almost 2 years ago

      Sketchup is considered as a 3d model programme but not a CAD programme, had downloaded the software before when first came across it being label as a CAD. Upon after setup it proven that it only serve the purpose of 3D sketching, modeling and other 3d functions. Had to uninstall it and had to find another programme which does CAD
      Negative comment 6 months ago

      you need to be really numb out of your mind to think SketchUp is an alternative, lets start with the fact that SketchUp cant even recognize any kind of vectors
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

      Sketchup doesn't write DWG
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

      Sketchup is a 3D modelling package, not a CAD package.
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

      not good at all for 2D drawing
      Negative comment almost 4 years ago

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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. View 78 alternatives to BricsCAD
      Almost everyone thinks BricsCAD is a great alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD.
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      BricsCAD vs Autodesk AutoCAD
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      BricaCAD runs most native AutoCAD programming interfaces, lisp, diesel, pgp, brx (modified arx).
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

      paulocoghi 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.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      svaa1982 Comes with Linux support.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

    • 2D computer-aided design software aimed towards professional use with an open API and DWG support. View 85 alternatives to nanoCAD
      Most users think nanoCAD is a great alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD.
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      nanoCAD vs Autodesk AutoCAD
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      Our autocad needs are simple and NanoCad seems to have everything we need.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

    • QCAD is an application for computer aided drafting in 2D. View 66 alternatives to QCAD
      Most users think QCAD is a great alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD.
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      QCAD vs Autodesk AutoCAD
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      Easy to learn and quite similar to AutoCAD (same paradigm)
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      frankmcc Customizable, easy learning curve and much cheaper than AutoCad.
      Positive comment over 1 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. View 35 alternatives to OpenSCAD
      Most users think OpenSCAD is a great alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD.
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    • Open source 3D geometry modeling system with a robust feature set developed over 20 years. View 65 alternatives to BRL-CAD
      Most users think BRL-CAD is a great alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD.
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