.VWX File Extension

Vectorworks Design

Developer Nemetschek
3.6  |  30 Votes

What is a VWX file?

A VWX file is a building, interior, or landscape design created by Nemetschek Vectorworks, a CAD design suite. It typically contains both a 3D model and 2D renderings of that model. For example, a VWX file may contain a 3D model of a building and various 2D drawings of the building's architecture and floor plan.

More Information

Screenshot of a .vwx file in Nemetschek Vectorworks Fundamentals 2024
VWX file open in Nemetschek Vectorworks Fundamentals 2024

Architects, landscape designers, and live event designers use Vectorworks software to create 3D models and 2D drawings of buildings, landscapes, and live event setups. Primarily, the Vectorworks suite consists of the following programs (known collectively as the Vectorworks Design Suite):

  • Architect: Used to model and draw building projects.
  • Landmark: Used to model and draw landscape projects.
  • Spotlight: Used to model and draw live event setups (staging, lighting, interior design, etc.).
  • Fundamentals: Used to create CAD drawings and models for design and fabrication.

These programs all save users' models and drawings as VWX files. They are available in Vectorworks Design Suite and as standalone apps.

Vectorworks Format

Nemetschek introduced the Vectorworks (VWX) format when it released Vectorworks 2008, replacing the .MCD format used by Vectorworks 12.5 and earlier. The binary format is proprietary to Vectorworks and saves all of the design's information, which may include 2D drafts, 3D model data (e.g., object properties and geometry), layer information, and project metadata.

How to open a VWX file

If you only want to view the design your VWX file contains, you can open it with Nemetschek Vectorworks Viewer. This free VWX viewer is available for Windows and macOS.

If you need to edit or convert your VWX file, you can open it with the appropriate Nemetschek Vectorworks program (version 2008 and later). For example, if you have a VWX file created by Vectorworks Landmark, you can open that file with Vectorworks Landmark (select File → Open).

NOTE: Vectorworks 12.5 and earlier versions cannot open VWX files.

How to convert a VWX file

Vectorworks design programs can convert VWX files to various drawing, 3D model, document, and image formats. Typically, to convert a VWX file to another format, you must:

  1. Open the VWX file in the appropriate Vectorworks program.
  2. Select File → Export
  3. Select your desired export format.
  4. Name and save your converted file.

Some common formats that Vectorworks can convert VWX files to include:

  • .DXF - Drawing Exchange Format
  • .DWG - AutoCAD Drawing
  • .FBX - Autodesk FBX Interchange File
  • .C4D - Cinema 4D Model
  • .OBJ - Wavefront 3D Object
  • .STP - STEP 3D Model
  • .STL - Stereolithography File
  • .KML - Keyhole Markup Language
  • .JPG - JPEG Image
  • .PDF - Portable Document Format
Open over 400 file formats with File Viewer Plus.Free Download

Programs that open VWX files

Verified by FileInfo.com

The FileInfo.com team has independently researched the Vectorworks Design file format and Mac and Windows apps listed on this page. Our goal is 100% accuracy and we only publish information about file types that we have verified.

If you would like to suggest any additions or updates to this page, please let us know.