AutoCAD – Best-in-class
2D and 3D drafting and design,
trusted by millions

See why AutoCAD gives you best in class 2D and 3D drafting and design with unparalleled reliability.

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Choosing the right CAD software can help you work more efficiently to complete projects faster, collaborate with teammates simply, and reduce errors. See how AutoCAD compares to other CAD software.

What sets AutoCAD apart?

No alternative CAD software has as many options to improve your team’s workflows.

  • 1: Drafting in 2D or 3D 

    AutoCAD provides best-in-class drafting and design, whether you are working in 2D or 3D. With features to automatically generate plan, elevation, and isometric views, tool palettes to save your favorite blocks, and machine learning features to help you learn new ways to create designs, AutoCAD provides an unmatched user experience trusted by millions of users all over the world.  

  • 2: Support 

    When you subscribe to AutoCAD, you get a wide range of support options included. You can contact a technical support specialist, access the Autodesk Knowledge Network, or learn new tips from an expansive community of users and experts. All of this is included with your AutoCAD subscription, with no additional maintenance fees required. 

  • 3: AutoCAD provides best-in-class data fidelity and compatibility for DWGs

    The .dwg file format was created by Autodesk and provides the most efficient and accurate way to view and edit DWGs versus any CAD alternative. Users have noted a greater likelihood of corrupt files and  delays in importing and exporting files, missing items, and poor quality in conversion when using alternative products.* 

  • 4: Using AutoCAD will save you valuable design time

    Save time with built in workflows, thousands of standard parts, and features. Across seven studies, the average productivity gain was about 63% for tasks completed using a specialized toolset.

  • 5: Automate more processes than any alternative CAD software

    AutoCAD’s robust library of APIs, LISP functionality, and specialized toolsets allow you to automate tedious tasks. Develop your own apps or choose from thousands in the Autodesk App Store.

  • 6: Collaboration 

    With AutoCAD’s collaboration features, you can send links to drawings to teammates and colleagues, control viewing and editing access, send feedback, and implement edits with safety and security. Only AutoCAD's cloud storage and partnerships allow you to open and edit your drawings from a cloud storage provider directly from the web application. 

Boost productivity by up to 63% with AutoCAD specialized toolsets

Across seven different studies, the average productivity gain was about 63% for tasks completed using a specialized toolset included in AutoCAD**.

  • Gain up to 55% productivity with ​ the Mechanical Toolset

    Gain up to 55% productivity with ​the Mechanical Toolset

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  • Gain up to 61% productivity with ​the Architecture Toolset

    Gain up to 61% productivity with ​ the Architecture Toolset

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  • Gain up to 95% productivity with​ the Electrical Toolset

    Gain up to 95% productivity with ​the Electrical Toolset

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Discover what people are saying about AutoCAD

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" It is a program that I really like because since it is so well known, not only do you have many tutorials on the internet, but you can also share plans with any colleague."

— Carolina C. , Lighting designer (August, 2022)

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Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Find answers to frequently asked questions about CAD software.

Computer-aided design (CAD) is technology for design and technical documentation, which replaces manual drafting with an automated process. AutoCAD is the original CAD software used by millions around the world. It can be used to create precise 2D and 3D drawings and models, as well as electrical diagrams, construction drawings, and more.

With AutoCAD you can draft, annotate, and design 2D geometry and 3D models with solids, surfaces, and mesh objects.

AutoCAD is a popular CAD software used by engineers because it is the most reliable and includes industry specific toolsets helpful for designing motor components, engines, and complete devices. AutoCAD includes over 750,000 intelligent objects and parts with industry libraries for mechanical design, electrical design, MEP design, and more.

AutoCAD is a popular CAD software for architects because it is the most widely taught software in architecture school, and allows architects to automate more processes than any other software on the market. The Architecture toolset in AutoCAD provides a huge library of thousands of predefined building objects and features for architectural drawing, documentation, and schedules, and for automating drafting tasks.

AutoCAD is available on both Mac and Windows if you are on an AutoCAD subscription. AutoCAD for Mac has the most popular features of the Windows version but offers a look and feel that is familiar to Mac users and a feature set most appropriate for the OS X environment.

There are CAD clones who offer limited features and functionality; however, no AutoCAD alternative comes close. AutoCAD offers free trials and student software that enable customers to see why it is the best choice.

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