DRW File - opening and understanding

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

What is a DRW file?

The .drw file extension is used for a vector graphics file format, which is supported by many applications. Also classified as image files, these DRW files contain digital drawings and vector images. The CorelDraw software can be used to create these .drw files. This program is a Windows application that was developed by Corel Corporation.The Picture It! application from Microsoft can also be used to create DRW files. For Mac users, the AppleWorks software and the MacDraw application have support for creating and editing these .drw files. Other programs in the CorelDraw Graphics Suite can also be used to create and modify these DRW files.These applications can be used to open and view the vector graphics stored in these .drw files. These programs can also be used to export a DRW file to a more standard format like JPEG, PNG or BMP.

How to open DRW 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 DRW for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different DRW openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension DRW

While we know of one file format using the .DRW 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 .DRW file.

Various viewers for this file format

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

Microsoft Picture ItMicrosoft Picture ItUser submitted
Paint Shop ProPaint Shop ProUser submitted
Pro/ENGINEERPro/ENGINEERUser submitted
Corel PaintShop ProCorel PaintShop ProUser submitted
Corel Graphics ApplicationsCorel Graphics ApplicationsUser submitted
Micrografx Windows DrawMicrografx Windows DrawUser submitted
iGrafxiGrafxUser submitted
Pro ENGINEERPro ENGINEERUser submitted
CADSCADSUser submitted
FalconViewFalconViewUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with DRW-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 DRW-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!