DWF File - opening and understanding

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

What is a DWF file?

DWF is an acronym for Design Web Format or Drawing Web Format. Files that contain the .dwf file extension are computer drawing files that have been created by the AutoCAD and/or Inventor computer aided drawing software applications. The DWF files usually contain information about a CAD design including graphics and text.

The DWF file format was developed by Autodesk in order to allow for the easier distribution of design data to users who need to view or print the design files. Files that have been saved in the DWF format are highly compressed, making them easier to download and transmit.

How to open DWF 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 DWF for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension DWF

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

Various viewers for this file format

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

Autodesk Express ViewerAutodesk Express ViewerUser submitted
Volo View ExpressVolo View ExpressUser submitted
ZWCADZWCADUser submitted
ABViewerABViewerUser submitted
Autodesk Volo View ExpressAutodesk Volo View ExpressUser submitted
Brava! FreeDWG Viewer ApplicationBrava! FreeDWG Viewer ApplicationUser submitted
AutoCADAutoCADUser submitted
CodeWarriorCodeWarriorUser submitted
Adobe AcrobatAdobe AcrobatUser submitted
eDrawings RapidFire Lite ApplicationeDrawings RapidFire Lite ApplicationUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with DWF-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 DWF-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!