DWF File Type

- The quick facts

What are DWF files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a DWF file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.

What is a DWF file?

A .DWF file is an Autodesk Design Web Format 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

We have identified 2 DWF openers that are compatible with this specific type of DWF file.

Programs that open Autodesk Design Web Format files


Last updated: February 25, 2022

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 apps that use files with this extension

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.

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