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.DWG File Extension

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File TypeAutoCAD Drawing Database File

DeveloperAutodesk
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CategoryCAD Files
FormatBinary

Binary

This file is saved in a binary format, which requires a specific program to read its contents.

What is a DWG file?

A DWG file is a database of 2D or 3D drawings created with AutoCAD, a professional CAD program. It contains vector image data and metadata that describes the contents of the file. DWG files are related to .DXF files, which are ASCII versions of DWG files.

More Information

DWG files can be viewed on Windows using Autodesk's free DWG TrueView program. They may also be opened by other third-party applications that support the DWG format.

NOTE: Several variations of the DWG format have been published by AutoCAD. Since 2000, the DWG 2000, DWG 2004, DWG 2007, DWG 2010, and DWG 2013 formats have been introduced. While these formats are similar, their file structures are slightly different. Therefore, third-party CAD programs may be able to open some DWG files, but not others.

Programs that open DWG files
Windows
Autodesk AutoCAD 2017
Autodesk Design Review
Autodesk DWG TrueView
AutoDWG DWGSee
CADSoftTools ABViewer
IMSI TurboCAD Pro 2016
TurboCAD LTE Pro 8
ACD Systems Canvas 15
CorelCAD 2016
GRAPHISOFT ArchiCAD
Dassault Systemes SolidWorks eDrawings Viewer
AnyDWG Any DWG to PDF Converter
Adobe Illustrator CC 2015
Serif DrawPlus
Bricsys Bricscad
Dassault Systemes DraftSight
Wout Ware DWG DXF Sharp Viewer
Mac
Autodesk AutoCAD 2016
IMSI TurboCAD Deluxe v9
CorelCAD 2016
progeCAD iCADMac
GRAPHISOFT ArchiCAD
Microspot DWG Viewer
Dassault Systemes SolidWorks eDrawings Viewer
Adobe Illustrator CC 2015
Dassault Systemes DraftSight
Autodesk Fusion 360
Linux
Bricsys Bricscad
Dassault Systemes DraftSight
Web
Autodesk Fusion 360
AutoDesk AutoCAD 360
iOS
Autodesk Fusion 360
AutoDesk AutoCAD 360
Android
AutoDWG DWGSee
Autodesk Fusion 360
AutoDesk AutoCAD 360
Windows Phone
Autodesk Fusion 360
Updated 8/18/2016

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