Frequently asked questions


How can I view 2D and 3D files for free?

Autodesk Viewer makes it easy to share views of your designs and collaborate remotely. Autodesk Viewer supports most 2D and 3D files, including DWG, STEP, DWF, RVT and Solidworks.


How can I open DXF, DWG, and DWF files for free? 

Autodesk provides a set of freeware products to view CAD files (DXF, DWG, DWT, DXB, DGN, DWF) offline, on mobile, or directly in your web browser.


How can I view DWG files without AutoCAD? 

AutoCAD web app and AutoCAD mobile app allow you to use AutoCAD online and edit, create, and view CAD drawings and DWG files in the web browser. Autodesk Viewer is a free online viewer that works with over many file types, including DWG. 


What is the difference between AutoCAD mobile app and AutoCAD web app?

Both apps allow users to view, edit, share, and create 2D CAD drawings. AutoCAD web app is accessed entirely online in a web browser on any computer. AutoCAD mobile app is included with AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT and provides similar features on iPhone and Android devices.


What is DWG? 

DWG refers to both a technology environment and .dwg files, the native file format for Autodesk’s AutoCAD® software. Autodesk created .dwg in 1982 with the very first launch of AutoCAD software. DWG files contain all the information that a user enters in a CAD drawing. This data can include designs, geometric data, maps, and photos. The .dwg file format is one of the most commonly used design data formats, found in nearly every design environment.


What is DWG TrueView used for?

DWG TrueView allows you to open, view, and plot AutoCAD, DWG, and DXF files. Use it for printing, creating PDFs, and converting between AutoCAD formats.


What if I only need file-viewing access?

For stakeholders who only need file-viewing access, we offer free viewers without a subscription. If you're transitioning to named user, be sure to take advantage of the trade-in offers available to you.