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Revit vs. AutoCAD

Both AutoCAD and Revit are widely used CAD software to create 2D drawings such as floor plans, elevations, details, etc.; 3D models and objects; construction documents, and rendered images.

While there are many differences between Revit and AutoCAD, both programs are often used within the same organization. The main difference is that AutoCAD is primarily a drafting tool to create basic geometry that represents real life, while Revit is used to create geometry that’s equipped with real-life information, hence the term building information modeling, or BIM.

Get Revit and AutoCAD together in the Architecture, Engineering & Construction Collection.


At a glance

  • BIM software for architects, engineers, contractors and designers
  • Create a unified model that contains real-life information
  • Great for modeling, clash detection, and change management
  • Widely used commercial software for 2D & 3D CAD
  • Create basic geometry that represents real life.
  • Great for drawing precise line work, such as elevation details


Intelligent 3D model-based design tools

Professional drafting and documentation tools


Supports a modeling workflow, where deliverables such as drawings and schedules come directly from a single, unified model. Changes are reflected in all views of the model, and adjacent/connected elements automatically update to maintain established relationships

Supports a drafting workflow, where individual drawings are created and edited independently


Available for Windows

Available for Windows and Mac

DWG™ support

Import and export DWG files

Native support for DWG files—supporting a legacy workflow in which there are countless DWG files


Contains all major building elements as well as manufacturer, model, cost, structure, and phase information, among others


Streamlines repetitive drafting tasks


Various analysis capabilities


Generate a set of construction documents

Generate a set of construction documents

Pay as you go for the latest desktop software with lower up-front cost, 1-on-1 web support, previous version use, and access to select cloud and software services. Learn more.


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