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What is AutoCAD?

AutoCAD® is computer-aided design (CAD) software that empowers architects, engineers, and construction professionals to create precise drawings. With AutoCAD, you can:

  • Draft, annotate, and design 2D geometry and 3D models with solids, surfaces, and mesh objects

  • Automate tasks like comparing drawings, counting objects, adding blocks, creating schedules, and more

  • Customize your workspace with add-on apps and APIs


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Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

How do I download AutoCAD?

Autodesk provides download and install instructions both for individuals and for administrators. Individuals should sign into their Autodesk Account or education site. Find your product and click View Downloads. Select the version, platform, and language and then choose a download method. For more information, visit the Autodesk Knowledge Network.

How long is the AutoCAD free trial?

The AutoCAD free trial lasts 30 days, which provides the chance to explore the full capabilities of the latest versions for a limited term. To cancel a free trial, turn off automatic renewal before the trial period ends. If you were not required to enter a payment method at the start of the trial, it will expire automatically.

How do I extend the AutoCAD free trial?

After your trial expires, you cannot extend the trial period. For short-term needs, you can purchase a monthly subscription and turn off automatic renewal (to limit the length of the paid subscription to one month only) or purchase Flex tokens for a flexible pay-as-you-go plan.

How do I troubleshoot AutoCAD download issues?

If your installation or product download fails, try using the Browser Download method instead (not available in macOS). We recommend disabling pop-up blockers and trying a different browser, such as Chrome or Explorer. For more solutions, check out our guide to troubleshooting Autodesk product download issues.

Where do I download free AutoCAD software for students?

Students and educators can get free one-year educational access to Autodesk products and services, which is renewable as long as you remain eligible. If you are a student or educator, you can access free AutoCAD software with an Autodesk Education plan.

How do I convert my AutoCAD free trial to a paid subscription?

Launch your trial software and click Subscribe Now on the trial screen or visit the AutoCAD Product Center. When buying your subscription, enter the same email address and password combination you used to sign into your trial. Learn more about converting a trial to a paid subscription.

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