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

    • SOLIDWORKS is a leading 3D CAD software for design, analysis and product data management. View 89 alternatives to SOLIDWORKS
      Some users think SOLIDWORKS is a great alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD, some don't.
      • Windows
      SOLIDWORKS vs Autodesk AutoCAD
      pros, cons and recent comments
      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.
      Negative comment almost 5 years ago

      It's a solid 3d modelling software.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

      Nothing to do with. SolidWorks is closer to Inventor, not to AutoCAD. You're probably getting payed to publish crap lies as this one.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

      solidworks is based on solid 3d modeling
      Negative comment about 5 years ago

    • Onshape is the first full-cloud 3D CAD system. It runs in a web browser and on any mobile device. View 25 alternatives to Onshape
      Almost everyone thinks Onshape is a great alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD.
      • Free PersonalProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      Onshape vs Autodesk AutoCAD
      pros, cons and recent comments
      JohnSevier Cloud-based, faster and more modern.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago



    • ZWCAD software, as a highly reliable and powerful CAD tool, meets the needs of 2D/3D design & drafting industry, including architecture, engineering, construction (AEC)... View 53 alternatives to ZWCAD
      Almost everyone thinks ZWCAD is a great alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD.
      • Windows
      ZWCAD vs Autodesk AutoCAD
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Most user friendly and similar to what I am using , no need to learn anything new.
      Top positive comment  almost 2 years ago

      Parity or better functionality, full compatibility, affordable, much faster, broad apI.
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

      Great similarity with AutoCAD so almost no relearning required. Still a permanent licence so not am not getting hit with annual rental charges.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      It works stable and fast, not bad. Great experience in open, edit .dwg drawings.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      Cheaper than Autocad, and have the same options. I recomend it at 100%
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

    • The professional furnishing 2D-/3D-tool for everybody: View 78 alternatives to pCon.planner
      Most users think pCon.planner is a great alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD.
      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
    • Shapr3D is a revolutionary 3D modeling software created exclusively for your iPad Pro and your Apple Pencil. View 39 alternatives to Shapr3D


    • Open CASCADE Technology is a software development platform freely available in open source. View 17 alternatives to Open CASCADE
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Linux
    • Autodesk® Inventor® products offer a comprehensive, flexible set of software for 3D mechanical design, product simulation, tooling creation, and design communication. View 50 alternatives to Autodesk Inventor
      Some users think Autodesk Inventor is a great alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD, some don't.
    • GstarCAD is well-known alternative CAD software of high compatibility with ACAD. With 27 years of continuous improvement and innovation, today GstarCAD is far ahead in performance, stability and becomes leading CAD software in the world. View 75 alternatives to GstarCAD
      Most users think GstarCAD is a great alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD.
      • Windows
      GstarCAD vs Autodesk AutoCAD
      pros, cons and recent comments
      in 2019 of GstarCAD is more compatible and faster than ever. i strongly recommend this program for everyone who architecture or engineer(civil,mechanical) compatible with 2018 .DWG and very cheaper than AutoCAD.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      Very similiar Interface to Autocad and mostly same commands. I have the Pro Version of GCad Pro Version is still very affordable and comes with tools similar to the Express Tools. A dynamic Block Editor is also included in the Pro Version. It's also compatiple with CADProfi Addons (Arch, HVAC, Electro etc.)
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

      It's cheaper ,but has similar interface and function.So why bother with AutoCAD
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

      I use GstarCAD for last few years since it is faster than Autocad especialy when using huge point cloud projects.
      Positive comment 5 months 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
      • Windows
    • CATIA (Computer Aided Three-dimensional Interactive Application) (in English usually pronounced /k?'ti? View 49 alternatives to Catia
      • Windows
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