Commercial 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: 7/12/2020 12:07:00 PM

Alternatives to Autodesk AutoCAD for all platforms with Commercial 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.

    • 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 • 8 agrees and 1 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
    • 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
    • This is the closest program in functionality to Autocad, It could use some stability improvements. Guest • May 2017 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
    • Because i'ts equal in 2D part. Very good, has free version, and multiplatform. Guest • Feb 2017 • 12 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Good compatibility and excellent 2D drafting tools Guest • Nov 2018 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • the free version really read/write autocad files. rbadillarxMar 2017 • 5 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial $ $ $ Windows

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  • CMS IntelliCAD

    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.

    • 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. livinus_eJan 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • Intellicad meets my different needs. It comes with every possible feature I need(Curves, Rendering, commands). It is an extremely impressive software. hottoiserica895Dec 2019 • 11 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • IntelliCAD is a good program to start and produce engineering drawings, modeling and designing mechanic or structural components. grahamgDec 2019 • 11 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • The intuitive nature of the functions and practical overview of the software is unique. It is price worthy and simply superb. davidjeffsrynJan 2020 • 10 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Freaking great for the tools included in this software Guest • Jan 2020 Disagree   Agree

    Commercial Windows

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  • BricsCAD

    BricsCAD the first all-in-one CAD design solution in .dwg that answers all your needs; 2D drafting, 3D modeling, mechanical design, and BIM. The BricsCAD® family of products brings a cost-effective, multi-platform CAD solution to Windows, macOS, and Linux. BricsCAD is available as a permanent/perpetual license & subscription license, for networked or stand-alone computers. You can also add All-In Maintenance for ease of keeping up-to-date.

    • 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. paulocoghiFeb 2020 • 1 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • BricaCAD runs most native AutoCAD programming interfaces, lisp, diesel, pgp, brx (modified arx). Guest • Apr 2018 • 6 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

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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.

    • Our autocad needs are simple and NanoCad seems to have everything we need. Guest • Jul 2019 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial $ $ $ Windows

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  • SOLIDWORKS

    SOLIDWORKS is a leading 3D CAD software for design, analysis and product data management. SOLIDWORKS solutions can help boost productivity, harness intelligence, foster innovation, and facilitate collaboration. Through tight integration, SOLIDWORKS tools enable you to leverage 3D models throughout the organization, bringing processes together so you can get products to market faster.

    • 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 • 7 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Nothing to do with. SolidWorks is closer to Inventor, not to AutoCAD. You're probably getting payed to publish crap lies as this one. Guest • Dec 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • It's a solid 3d modelling software. Guest • Dec 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • solidworks is based on solid 3d modeling Guest • Feb 2016 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    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.

    • Great similarity with AutoCAD so almost no relearning required. Still a permanent licence so not am not getting hit with annual rental charges. Guest • Dec 2019 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Parity or better functionality, full compatibility, affordable, much faster, broad apI. Guest • Nov 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • Most user friendly and similar to what I am using , no need to learn anything new. Guest • Jun 2019 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It works stable and fast, not bad. Great experience in open, edit .dwg drawings. Guest • Nov 2017 • 3 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Cheaper than Autocad, and have the same options. I recomend it at 100% Guest • Oct 2016 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial Windows

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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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  • CorelCAD

    Enhance your visual communication expertise with the precision of superior 2D drafting and 3D design tools available in CorelCAD™ 2019. It’s the smart, affordable solution for drawing detailed elements in technical design. With native .DWG file support, and optimization for Windows and macOS, this computer aided design software can increase productivity and performance.

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac 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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  • MicroStation

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

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

    Commercial $ $ $ Windows

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