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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

AUTOCAD LICENSE & SUBSCRIPTION

Where can I buy AutoCAD®?

You can subscribe to AutoCAD through the following ways:

When you subscribe to AutoCAD software, gain access to AutoCAD for Windows and AutoCAD for Mac, the AutoCAD web and mobile apps, as well as the industry-specific Architecture toolset, Electrical toolset, Map 3D toolset, Mechanical toolset, MEP toolset, Plant 3D toolset, and Raster Design toolset (Windows only).

How much does an AutoCAD subscription cost?

The price of a monthly AutoCAD subscription is and the price of an annual AutoCAD subscription is .

How can I renew my AutoCAD license?

  • On subscription

    If you subscribed online, your subscription is set to automatically renew when your contract expires. The cost of your new subscription term is charged using the payment method and renewal date listed in your Autodesk Account.


    If you have a subscription that doesn’t renew automatically, you can find your renewal information by clicking on the subscription or contract in the Billing & Orders section of your Autodesk Account.

  • On maintenance plan

    A maintenance plan, formerly called maintenance subscription, provides access to software updates and more for a perpetual license. When your maintenance plan comes up for renewal, you can choose to move to a subscription or renew your maintenance plan for another year.

     

    Renew your maintenance plan through your original method of purchase—via your Autodesk reseller , your Autodesk sales representative, or online through your Autodesk account.

Can I use AutoCAD on Mac and Windows with a single license?

Yes, you can use AutoCAD on Mac and Windows if you are on an AutoCAD subscription. You can use the same subscription user name and password to activate your software on either Windows or Mac platforms. The version years must match, and you need to download and install the correct software for your operating system.

Which versions of AutoCAD can I use if I subscribe to the current version?

Your AutoCAD subscription gives you access to install and use the 3 previous versions. Available downloads are listed in your Autodesk Account at manage.autodesk.com after subscribing. See also Available Previous Releases for Subscribers.

Where can I get an AutoCAD perpetual license?

Autodesk software is available with a subscription only. We no longer sell perpetual licenses. Learn more about our software licensing options.

What is the price of AutoCAD 2020, 2019, or 2018?

Your AutoCAD subscription gives you access to install and use the 3 previous versions of AutoCAD. The 2020, 2019, and 2018 versions of AutoCAD are no longer sold individually.

 

The most recent release of AutoCAD is AutoCAD 2020. Learn more about what’s new in AutoCAD 2020.

What is the price of AutoCAD Architecture 2020?

AutoCAD Architecture is no longer sold individually, but it is included when you purchase a subscription of AutoCAD. With the Architecture toolset included with your AutoCAD subscription:

  • Create floor plans, sections, elevations, and other building design drawings using specialized tools.
  • Additional features include walls, doors, and windows.
  • Use 8,000+ intelligent architectural objects and styles to support AIA 2nd edition, BS1192 DIN 276, ISYBAU Long Format, ISYBAU Short Format, and STLB layer standards.

What is the price of AutoCAD Electrical 2020?

AutoCAD Electrical is no longer sold individually, but it is included when you purchase a subscription of AutoCAD. With the Electrical toolset included with your AutoCAD subscription:

  • Create panel layouts, schematic diagrams, and other electrical drawings using specialized tools.
  • Use consistent project standards with drawings organized in a project-based structure.
  • Includes a library of 65,000+ intelligent electrical symbols to support AS, GB, IEC, IEC-60617, JIC, JIS, NFPA, and IEEE standards.

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 AutoCAD’s Subscribe page. When buying your subscription, enter the same email address and password combination you used to sign in to your trial. Subscription activation varies by product. In some instances, your software is activated automatically after purchase. Other products require you to enter a serial number from your Autodesk Account. Learn more about converting a trial to a paid subscription.

Where can I get an AutoCAD personal license for single-user use?

You can buy an AutoCAD personal license for single-user use online, by phone (1-855-223-9694), or from a reseller. Learn more about licensing options.

How do I get a multi-user license of AutoCAD for use on a network?

If you need a single license of AutoCAD shared between multiple users, a subscription with multi-user access allows available seats to be assigned by a network license server. AutoCAD subscriptions with multi-user access can only be purchased from an Autodesk sales representative or an authorized reseller.

Can I have multiple users on one AutoCAD subscription?

Subscriptions sold online are single-user access—a single named user can access, activate, and use each subscription seat. Users cannot share a single seat, but you can subscribe to more than one seat with a single purchase. You can then assign each seat to a different user.


If you need a single license shared between multiple users, a subscription with multi-user access allows available seats to be assigned by a network license server. Subscriptions with multi-user access can only be purchased from an Autodesk sales representative or an authorized reseller.

Do I need to connect to the Internet to use AutoCAD?

You don’t need to be online to use AutoCAD on your computer or the AutoCAD mobile app on your mobile device. However, you need to connect to the Internet every 30 days to verify that your subscription is still current. An Internet connection is needed initially to install and activate AutoCAD on desktop and mobile, and if you have cloud services, you need to be online to access cloud-based tools such as the AutoCAD web app.

Can I install AutoCAD on multiple computers?

Your subscription AutoCAD software can be installed on more than one computer. However, only the named user can sign in and use that software on a single computer at any given time. Please refer to the Software License Agreement for your AutoCAD for more information.

 

If you need a single license shared between multiple users, a subscription with multi-user access allows available seats to be assigned by a network license server. Subscriptions with multi-user access can only be purchased from an Autodesk sales representative or an authorized reseller.

How do I cancel my order or get a refund?

You can cancel your AutoCAD subscription anytime—or within 30 days of purchase for a full refund. Contact us to request a refund after purchase. You can also edit your renewal setting from your Autodesk Account page, so your subscription does not automatically renew. You’ll have full access to your software and services until your subscription expires.

How do I activate my AutoCAD subscription?

Your AutoCAD subscription is activated when an authorized named user signs in after AutoCAD is launched for the first time. If your software also requires a serial number, that activation information appears in your Autodesk Account at manage.autodesk.com and is often entered automatically during installation. You must have an active Internet connection to activate and use subscription software.

How do I stop auto-renewal or cancel my subscription?

Sign in to manage.autodesk.com, select Billing & Orders, click Edit Payment, and turn off auto-renew. Your subscription details will then list an expiration date instead of a renewal date. Your subscription remains active until the expiration date.

Can I buy a subscription to AutoCAD for someone else to use?

Yes, you can buy AutoCAD for another user. Sign into the Autodesk Account used to subscribe to the software and click the Users icon. You can then enter the other user’s email address to assign software access and send an invitation to download and install AutoCAD from Autodesk Account. For more information, see Managing Users and Permissions.

Do you offer subscriptions for students, educators and educational institutions?

Students, teachers, and academic institutions worldwide are eligible for free access to Autodesk software for 3 years. Yes, free. We genuinely believe in education. Learn more and download software in the Autodesk Education Community.

Can I subscribe to AutoCAD for only one month?

Yes. Select Monthly for your subscription term when you make your purchase. After your order is complete, visit manage.autodesk.com, locate your order in the Billing & Orders section, and click Edit Payment to turn off auto-renew. Your AutoCAD subscription will remain active until the end of the current billing cycle.

How do I change my subscription to a different term or product?

For subscriptions purchased online, you can change products or the length of your subscription by turning off automatic renewal and letting your current subscription expire. You can then purchase a new subscription for the desired product and subscription term.

Do you have an AutoCAD viewer for sharing projects?

Yes. Free viewers are available for most Autodesk products and file types to allow you to share and view projects without requiring full versions of our software products. Visit the Autodesk Viewers page for information.

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