Autodesk AutoCAD Alternatives with feature 'DWG support'

    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 93 alternatives to FreeCAD
      Most users think FreeCAD is a great alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD.
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      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      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  about 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 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.
      • Windows
      CMS IntelliCAD vs Autodesk AutoCAD
      pros, cons and recent comments
      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 about 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 about 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



    • 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
      pros, cons and recent comments
      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 about 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.
      • Windows
      nanoCAD vs Autodesk AutoCAD
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Our autocad needs are simple and NanoCad seems to have everything we need.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

    • Enhance your visual communication expertise with the precision of superior 2D drafting and 3D design tools available in CorelCAD™ 2019. View 46 alternatives to CorelCAD
      Almost everyone thinks CorelCAD is a great alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD.
      • Mac
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    • 3D CAD modeling, drafting and visualization software for architecture and engineering. View 13 alternatives to MicroStation
      Most users think MicroStation is a great alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD.
      • Windows
      MicroStation vs Autodesk AutoCAD
      pros, cons and recent comments
      They are par. The others are limited.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      sandravollrath Much better licensing options if nothing else.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

    • AutoCAD 360 (formerly AutoCAD WS) lets you view, edit, and share DWG drawings through a web browser or mobile device. Now you have the freedom to work anywhere and with anyone. View 23 alternatives to AutoCAD 360
      Most users think AutoCAD 360 is a great alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD.
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      • Windows
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Windows S
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
    • Universal software for working with 2D and 3D formats: AutoCAD DWG, DXF, STEP, IGES, STL, SVG, etc. It also enables to convert PDF files to DWG. View 13 alternatives to ABViewer
    • 3D CAD software that combines comprehensive translators with history-free editing, enabling users to open and edit any file as if they created it and allowing for quick re-use of design data regardless of source. View 8 alternatives to KeyCreator
      • Windows