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    Free Autodesk AutoCAD Alternatives

    The best free alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD is FreeCAD, which is also Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Autodesk AutoCAD and many of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to Autodesk AutoCAD are LibreCAD, SketchUp, OpenSCAD and BRL-CAD.

    Autodesk AutoCAD is mainly a CAD Software but alternatives to it may also be 3D Modelers or Interior Design Apps. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Autodesk AutoCAD.
    This page was last updated Apr 13, 2022
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    1. FreeCAD is a general purpose parametric 3D CAD modeler. The development is completely Open Source (LGPL License).
      FreeCAD vs Autodesk AutoCAD opinions
      Most users think FreeCAD is a great alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD.
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      I use Freecad to design my 3D printing models.
      Top positive comment  over 6 years ago

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      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.
      Top positive comment  almost 5 years ago

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      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 5 years ago

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      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 2 years ago

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

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      eduardoortiz1 Because is an user friendly software and is free to use.Autodesk Autocad is very expensive
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

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      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 over 4 years ago

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      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 vs Autodesk AutoCAD opinions
      Most users think LibreCAD is a great alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD.
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      If you know Autocad, you will learn librecad lightning fast.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

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      No blockeditor or creating dynamic blocks.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

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      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  almost 2 years ago

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      No open AutoCAD files, say need permissions.
      Negative comment almost 2 years ago

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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.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      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 2 years ago

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      Ideal for preparing 2D drawings. Better than AutoCAD LT in some ways but can be a bit flaky.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

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    2. 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...
      SketchUp vs Autodesk AutoCAD opinions
      Some users think SketchUp is a great alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD, some don't.
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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 2 years ago

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      This is not as same as Autocad 2D
      Top negative comment  almost 3 years ago

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      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 over 1 year ago

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      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 3 years ago

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      Sketchup doesn't write DWG
      Negative comment about 3 years ago

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

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      not good at all for 2D drawing
      Negative comment almost 5 years ago

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      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 OpenSCAD is a great alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD.
    3. 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...
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      Most users think BRL-CAD is a great alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD.
      BRLCAD doesn't even have mouse support... and CSG through commandline is awful, can't even fillet an edge.
      Negative comment 7 months ago

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      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.
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      Most users think QCAD is a great alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD.
      Easy to learn and quite similar to AutoCAD (same paradigm)
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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      fredofredo Good for very basic drawing, but not really AutoCAD compatible and no XRef functionality. Very cheap. It messed up some features in an AutoCAD drawing I worked on (leaders & text) so I wouldn't consider it a suitable alternative to AutoCAD unless you're only using very basic functionality and don't need compatibility.
      Negative comment 7 months ago

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      frankmcc Customizable, easy learning curve and much cheaper than AutoCad.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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    4. Onshape is a professional CAD system – Parts, Assemblies, Drawings – with version control and collaboration built in. Each Onshape plan (Free, Education, Professional, and Enterprise) gives you all of the CAD and data management functionality with no time limit.
      Onshape vs Autodesk AutoCAD opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Onshape is a great alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD.
      JohnSevier Cloud-based, faster and more modern.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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    5. The professional furnishing 2D-/3D-tool for everybody:
      Most users think pCon.planner is a great alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD.
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      For more than 20 years being always at the forefront of 3D, Open Cascade has gained considerable expertise in geometric modeling. In order to demonstrate software developing capabilities the company decided to come up with a sample of parametric CAD modeler — CAD Builder.
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    6. Shapr3D is a revolutionary 3D modeling software created exclusively for your iPad Pro and your Apple Pencil.
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