Autodesk AutoCAD Alternatives and Similar Software

Alternatives to Autodesk AutoCAD for Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad, Web and more. Filter by license to discover only free or Open Source alternatives. This list contains a total of 25+ apps similar to Autodesk AutoCAD.

Autodesk AutoCAD is a commercial computer-aided design (CAD) and drafting software application. If your looking for more info about Autodesk AutoCAD like screenshots, reviews and comments you should visit our info page about it. Below you find the best alternatives.

The list of alternatives was last updated: 8/28/2018 11:39:00 AM

Alternatives to Autodesk AutoCAD for all platforms with any license

  • DraftSight

    DraftSight is a professional-grade, open 2D CAD product for users who want a better way to read, write and share DWG files. DraftSight is easy to use and is available for professional CAD users, students and educators to download and activate for free.* Based on advanced architecture, DraftSight has a small footprint, should take less than a few minutes to download, and runs on multiple operating systems, including Windows XP®, Windows Vista® and Windows® 7.

    • Because i'ts equal in 2D part. Very good, has free version, and multiplatform. Guest • Feb 2017 • 9 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • the free version really read/write autocad files. rbadillarxMar 2017 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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. Guest • Jun 2018 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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. Guest • Jun 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • One of the better, if not the best CAD for Linux. Works on Fedora, would recommend this program. Guest • Mar 2017 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • DraftSight is developed as a competitor to AutoCAD 2D. Distributed as a free (well also has a paid version) software to compete with 2D AutoCAD. Guest • Jul 2016 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Fully compatible with, industry standard, AutoCAD DWG files. Uses a command line based interface that works in the same way as AutoCAD. Guest • Dec 2016 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • The interface is very similar and it was able to open existing autocadd drawings. this allowed a seamless transition. Guest • Jan 2017 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Good compatibility and excellent 2D drafting tools Guest • Nov 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • This is the closest program in functionality to Autocad, It could use some stability improvements. Guest • May 2017 Disagree   Agree

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux

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  • FreeCAD

    FreeCAD is a general purpose parametric 3D CAD modeler. The development is completely Open Source (LGPL License). FreeCAD is aimed directly at mechanical engineering and product design but also fits in a wider range of uses around engineering, such as architecture or other engineering specialties. FreeCAD features tools similar to Catia, SolidWorks or Solid Edge, and therefore also falls into the category of MCAD, PLM, CAx and CAE.

    • 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 Guest • Jan 2017 • 17 agrees and 6 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • I use Freecad to design my 3D printing models. Guest • Oct 2015 • 8 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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. Guest • Aug 2017 • 2 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • AutoCAD is a 2D drawing program, mostly used for architecture and structures. FreeCAD is 3D and aimed at mechanical engineers. They do different things. Guest • Feb 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • Because is an user friendly software and is free to use.Autodesk Autocad is very expensive eduardoortiz1Mar 2018 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Not directly supporting DWG: needs a commercial/trial license of a file converter Guest • Apr 2017 • 2 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Very good app, has many workbenches for different branches of engineering. It has a very helpful community forum. I really recommend trying it before looking for any other alternative. Guest • Jun 2017 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • FreeCAD is not a bad program, but it seems to lack functionality that AutoCAD provides. Currently FreeCAD seems to be in an early stage of development, and should probably not be considered for use in a professional production context, as a replacement for AutoCAD. Guest • Mar 2017 • 0 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • FreeCAD is a software for 3d parametric model, AutoCAD is not that. Guest • Sep 2015 • 0 agrees and 6 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • Sketchup

    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 engineering, film, and video game design—and available in a freeware version, SketchUp Make, and a paid version with additional functionality, SketchUp Pro. SketchUp comes with a 3D Gallery that lets you search for models and share yours.

    • Sketchup doesn't seem to be able to open .dwg files Guest • Jan 2017 • 9 agrees and 11 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • LibreCAD

    LibreCAD (originally QCad then CADuntu) is an open source 2D CAD application for Windows, Apple and Linux. It is based on Qt, which is a leading cross-platform application and UI development framework. LibreCAD can read DWG files (and others) as of the latest Nightly build. It writes DXF files, but can also export SVG, JPG, PNG, PDF and other files.

    • No blockeditor or creating dynamic blocks. Guest • Feb 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • LibreCAD is only a 2d Drafting software while AutoCAD also has 3d modelling capabilities Guest • May 2016 • 6 agrees and 7 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Similar GUI like AutoCAD, and for 2D drawing, it is a perfect solution Guest • Jul 2017 • 1 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • If you know Autocad, you will learn librecad lightning fast. Guest • Jan 2018 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux PortableApps.com

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  • BricsCAD

    A powerful CAD platform, with features familiar to you from native .dwg applications. BricsCAD® unifies advanced 2D design with the intelligence of 3D direct modeling. For Windows, Linux, and Mac. It supports hundreds of third party applications based on .dwg, from all over the world and all this at a very fair price.

    • BricaCAD runs most native AutoCAD programming interfaces, lisp, diesel, pgp, brx (modified arx). Guest • Apr 2018 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

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  • OpenSCAD

    OpenSCAD is a software for creating solid 3D CAD objects. It is free software and available for Linux/UNIX, MS Windows and MacOS. Unlike most free software for creating 3D models (such as the famous application Blender) it does not focus on the artistic aspects of 3D modelling but instead on the CAD aspects.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • BRL-CAD

    BRL-CAD is a powerful cross-platform open source solid modeling system that includes interactive geometry editing, high-performance ray-tracing for rendering and geometric analysis, image and signal-processing tools, a system performance analysis benchmark suite, libraries for robust geometric representation, with more than 20 years of active development.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • SolidWorks

    Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. develops and markets 3D CAD design software, analysis software, and product data management software. SolidWorks is the leading supplier of 3D CAD product design engineering software.

    • SolidWorks aimed to design parts for the manufacturing and mostly used for mechanical engineering. AutoCAD is used for general things from mechanical to civil, has many different ways of use. Guest • Jul 2016 • 5 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • solidworks is based on solid 3d modeling Guest • Feb 2016 Disagree   Agree

    Commercial $ $ $ Windows

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  • nanoCAD

    nanoCAD is a pro-grade 2D CAD system with native DWG support and full customizability. It is totally free, for business, professional, or personal purposes. It is fast, lightweight, capable, and , unlike most free CAD programs, completely uncrippled. nanoCAD includes: 1. Classic CAD interface. Any engineer could easily master nanoCAD since everything is in their right places: menu, button icons, panels, command line, and the commands theirselves are easily recognizable.

    Freemium Windows

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  • Onshape

    Onshape is a professional CAD system – Parts, Assemblies, Drawings – with version control and collaboration built in. Each Onshape plan (Free, Professional & Enterprise) gives you all of the CAD and data management functionality with no time limit. - Onshape is the first full-cloud 3D CAD system. It runs in a web browser and on any mobile device. - Onshape uses cloud-native Documents, not files.

    • Cloud-based, faster and more modern. JohnSevierNov 2018 Disagree   Agree

    Commercial $ $ $ Web Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

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  • ActCAD

    ActCAD is a 2D Drafting and 3D Modeling CAD software meant for Engineers, Architects and other technical consultants. ActCAD is a native DWG & DXF CAD software to create and edit drawings. ActCAD uses IntelliCAD engine, Open Design Alliance DWG/DXF Libraries, ACIS 3D Modeling Kernel and many other Technologies. In-addition, ActCAD has many add-on command, features and other Productivity Tools.

    • With full features, lifetime global validity and availability at very affordable price makes it the good alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD. Its self License Transfer feature also allows me to shift my license from one PC to another on the go. Highly Recommended. sarthakpatraMar 2018 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Full 2D & 3D functions without any limitations. Licenses won't expire and we get free Technical Support. Guest • Jul 2018 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • The best part of ActCAD is being able to do practically anything without an interface. You're able to run all the commands just by typing them. It's customizable, lightweight, easy to get started. santhoshkumarraviralaJul 2018 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial $ $ $ Windows

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  • QCAD

    QCAD is an application for computer aided drafting in 2D. With QCAD you can create technical drawings such as plans for buildings, interiors, mechanical parts or schemas and diagrams. QCad uses the AutoCAD DXF file format internally and to save and import files. AutoCAD DWG support is available as a commercial plugin. QCAD is available in two versions: Community edition and Professional edition. QCAD Community Edition is free and open source.

    Free Personal Mac Windows Linux

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  • CorelCAD

    Discover the powerful and affordable CAD software that transforms 2D designs into 3D reality.

    Commercial Windows

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  • pCon.planner

    The professional furnishing 2D-/3D-tool for everybody: The pCon.planner is a cost-free application allowing you to comfortably and professionally create complex furnishing concepts and to visualize them in a photo-realistic quality. File Formats: dwg, dxf, 3ds, skp, ... Languages: English, German, Dutch, French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish;

    Free Windows

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  • Open CASCADE

    Open CASCADE Technology is a software development platform freely available in open source. It includes components for 3D surface and solid modeling, visualization, data exchange and rapid application development. Open CASCADE Technology can be best applied in development of numerical simulation software including CAD/CAM/CAE, AEC and GIS, as well as PDM applications. System requirements: http://www.opencascade.org/getocc/require/

    Free Open Source Windows Linux

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  • Autodesk Inventor

    Autodesk® Inventor® products offer a comprehensive, flexible set of software for 3D mechanical design, product simulation, tooling creation, and design communication. Inventor takes you beyond 3D to Digital Prototyping by enabling you to design, visualize, and simulate your products. Design—Integrate all design data into a single digital model. Visualize—Create a virtual representation of your final product to market it before it’s built.

    Commercial $ $ $ Windows

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  • NaroCAD

    NaroCAD is a fully fledged and extensible 3D parametric modeling CAD application. The goal of this project is to develop a fully fledged and extensible 3D CAD software based on the concept of parametric modeling of solids, comparable to well known solutions. These functionalities are interrelated through Model Associativity and are exposed through a GUI. The general usability specifications like saving, importing are described in General functionality specifications .

    • Discontinued The project is no longer developed. Last version, 1.8.8, released in December 2014, can be still downloaded from the official website.

    Free Open Source Windows

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  • KOMPAS-3D

    KOMPAS-3D is for creating three-dimensional associative models for individual parts and assembly's containing both original and standardized elements. The parametric technology allows quickly obtaining models for typical products basing on a once designed prototype. Numerous service functions facilitate solving auxiliary designing and production maintenance problems.

    Commercial Windows

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  • ZWCAD

    ZWCAD software, as a highly reliable and powerful CAD tool, meets the needs of 2D/3D design & drafting industry, including architecture, engineering, construction (AEC), mechanics, electronics...and anyone who creates CAD drawings.

    • Cheaper than Autocad, and have the same options. I recomend it at 100% Guest • Oct 2016 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It works stable and fast, not bad. Great experience in open, edit .dwg drawings. Guest • Nov 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial Windows

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  • MicroStation

    3D CAD modeling, drafting and visualization software for architecture and engineering.

    • They are par. The others are limited. Guest • Aug 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • Much better licensing options if nothing else. sandravollrathAug 2018 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial $ $ $ Windows

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  • Designspark Mechanical

    DesignSpark Mechanical is a 3D modeling software reported to be easy to use so that all engineers will be able to create and share models. Designs can be linked directly to RS/Allied off-the-shelf components for automatic bill of materials generation, part numbers, and costs for included components. DesignSpark Mechanical can export to DXF, SketchUp, ECAD, OBJ, STEP, and STL formats.

    Commercial Windows

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  • Shapr3D

    Shapr3D is a revolutionary 3D modeling software created exclusively for your iPad Pro and your Apple Pencil. Shapr3D is the only truly mobile CAD app - a quick but precise way to create 3D models for engineering, design, 3D prints, and more. COMPATIBILITY Shapr3D is compatible with ALL major CAD software. You can export your works into a STL, STEP, or an IGES file.

    Freemium iPad

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  • Autodesk 123D Design

    123D Design is a free, powerful, yet simple 3D creation and editing tool which supports many new 3D printers.

    • Discontinued Autodesk has discontinued their line of 123D apps and has consolidated features and workflow into Tinkercad, Fusion 360, and ReMake. Blog post: http://blog.123dapp.com/2016/12/important-news-about-the-next-chapter

    Free Personal Mac Windows iPad

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  • IronCAD

    IronCAD is the productivity leader when it comes to moving creative ideas into full 3D reality by utilising a breakthrough Creative Design approach that delivers a level of design freedom unmatched in the industry today where users are able to edit their design at any stage.

    Commercial Windows

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