DGN File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a DGN file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .DGN files.

What is a DGN file?

A .DGN file is a Bentley MicroStation CAD drawing file. Files that use the .dgn file extension are most commonly associated with the MicroStation construction design software application. The DGN files that are used by this software contain 2D or 3D drawings that are based on the Intergraph Standard File Format or, in some cases, the V8 DGN standard.

How to open DGN files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension DGN for different purposes. We have identified 5 DGN openers for Windows that is compatible with this specific type of DGN file.

Programs that open these files

MicroStationMicroStationVerified
Bentley ViewBentley ViewVerified
PowerDraftPowerDraftVerified
Formtec Design ProFormtec Design ProVerified
BobCAD CAMBobCAD CAMVerified
We have not yet verified any programs for Mac that work with this specific file format. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!
We have not yet verified any web services that work with this specific file format. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!

Suggest another file format using extension DGN

While we know of one file format using the .DGN file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .DGN file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of DGN files. Remember, different programs may use DGN files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Paint Shop ProPaint Shop ProUser submitted
ViewViewUser submitted
Bentley MicroStationBentley MicroStationUser submitted
EdgecamEdgecamUser submitted
WinCDEmuWinCDEmuUser submitted
RedlineRedlineUser submitted
TatukGIS ViewerTatukGIS ViewerUser submitted
NavigatorNavigatorUser submitted
EPIDesignerEPIDesignerUser submitted
Paint Shop Pro XIPaint Shop Pro XIUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with DGN-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with DGN-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!