Cloud and mobile

Find the information and resources you need to use Autodesk cloud-based software and components in your web and mobile applications on the APS Developer Portal. Access APIs and documentation, tutorials, GitHub samples, support, and more.

Extend the capabilities of the next-generation cloud-based mechanical design tool Fusion 360, using JavaScript, Python scripts, and add-ins. And check out the Fusion 360 GitHub.


  • AutoCAD is the world’s leading 2D and 3D CAD tool, delivering powerful design and documentation capabilities to millions of people around the world. AutoCAD is also the most popular CAD platform in the world with thousands of add-ons addressing a wide variety of specialized design needs across numerous industries—enabled by deep and broad application programming interfaces (APIs). 

  • Designed specifically for architects and built on AutoCAD software, AutoCAD Architecture offers efficiency and immediate productivity, flexibility in implementation and use, and versatile file-based collaboration. Its intelligent architectural objects mean you can get productive right away in your existing processes, while implementing increasingly powerful and effective features at your own pace.

  • AutoCAD Civil is a civil engineering tool incorporating a dynamic engineering model that allows elements to be automatically updated in response to changes in your design. Using AutoCAD Civil 3D as a platform, you can take advantage of industry-standard development tools and technologies when building applications.

  • AutoCAD Mechanical software is AutoCAD for manufacturing, purpose-built to accelerate the mechanical design process. With all the functionality of AutoCAD, one of the world’s leading CAD software tools, plus comprehensive libraries of standards-based parts and tools for automating common design tasks, AutoCAD Mechanical offers significant productivity gains and can help you save hours of design time.

  • AutoCAD OEM is a CAD development platform that provides tools to build custom AutoCAD-based software products for specific markets and extend design information to users outside the traditional CAD community. You can easily create industry-specific products that offer only the features, commands, menus, and design data that your customers require.

  • AutoCAD Map 3D software is a flexible development platform for specialized mapping, land planning and infrastructure management applications. With AutoCAD Map 3D as a platform, you can take advantage of industry-standard development tools and technologies when building applications.

  • The Inventor developer community has another development platform option to consider: Inventor OEM. With Inventor OEM, developers have access to the same API supported by Inventor. Unlike the add-in approach, which extends Inventor, Inventor OEM allows developers to create their own branded products based on Inventor. Branded products present their own identity while being completely compatible with other Inventor applications.

  • Inventor is a high-performance 3D mechanical design system based on adaptive technology. The software successfully combines 2D capabilities with the power of 3D, delivers the best DWG compatibility in the industry, and offers the best value to mechanical engineers interested in moving into 3D design.

  • Have direct access to your data through the Vault API. Learn how to query the server for information, update your files, customize your workflows, build utilities, and integrate with other systems.

  • Navisworks is project review software for 3D coordination, 4D planning, photorealistic visualization, dynamic simulation, and accurate analysis. Use Navisworks and its API as a platform to integrate and accelerate your project review and management processes and extend its capabilities to tailor Navisworks to you and your customers' specific needs.

  • Gain instant competitive advantage with the Revit parametric building modeler. You don’t have to deal with tedious documentation coordination because the software does it for you. Parametric building technology means that you can make a change to any part of your building project—plans, schedules, you name it—and it’s updated everywhere else. Automatically.

  • The Plant SDK provides development tools for both AutoCAD P&ID and AutoCAD Plant 3D.

  • Data Access Technology (FDO)

    Incorporated into Autodesk infrastructure modeling and geospatial products, and also available as a stand-alone open-source technology for developers, FDO helps increase productivity and save time by enabling users to work seamlessly on a variety of spatial and nonspatial databases and file formats natively, without the need for translation and risk of data loss.

    For the most up to date FDO information, LGPL license, software downloads, - and to become part of the growing open source developer community, please visit Additional marketing literature and white papers can also be found at

  • Use the RealDWG software library to access, read, and write AutoCAD DWG files and intelligent object databases.

  • Using Autodesk’s point cloud format, RCP/RCS (Reality Capture Project/Reality Capture Scan), opens up a world of reality-data-based workflows in many of Autodesk’s most-used design and construction tools. Embed read, modify, and write support for this format in your solution.

Media & Entertainment

  • Get more out of your 3ds Max software through the Software Development Kit.

  • The latest SDK documentation for many of the products in the Media & Entertainment Collection is now available in HTML format for download or for use online from your browser.

  • FBX

    Available for Windows, OSX, Linux, and Irix operating systems, the free FBX Software Development Kit allows software and hardware vendors to easily add support for the FBX format.

  • Discover the powerful extensibility of Maya. Get started by exploring an introduction to the OpenMaya API (C++) and Python (scripting) application programming interfaces.

  • MotionBuilder is the industry-leading, real-time 3D character animation software. It is designed to complement both Maya and 3ds Max software. Discover the powerful extensibility of MotionBuilder. Get started by exploring an introduction to the Open Reality SDK (C++) and Python (scripting) application programming interfaces.

  • Wiretap is a client-server access protocol that allows the client system to remotely browse, read, and write media and metadata from Discreet advanced systems applications. Learn more about using Wiretap including obtaining the Wiretap SDK.



Trial versions are available for most Autodesk products. Download your free 30-days trial version today. You can obtain Autodesk desktop software for development use on an on-going basis by joining ADN.


All the information and resources needed to use Autodesk cloud-based software and components in your own web and mobile applications can be found on the Autodesk Platform Services (formerly Forge) Developer Portal. Get easy access to APIs and documentation, tutorials, GitHub samples, support and more.

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