DWG File - opening and understanding

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

What is a DWG file?

The .dwg extension is primarily given to files that have been created with the AutoCAD "Computer Aided Design" software application. AutoCAD is a CAD development platform that was developed by AutoDesk, Inc. The .dwg extension can also be given to files created with a variety of other CAD software packages, such as the IntelliCAD application.

The files with the .dwg extension contain a database of 2D or 3D drawings that have been created within a CAD software. These files store design and meta data that describe the contents of the file. The .dwg format is considered to be the most widely-used format for CAD drawings. Some experts estimate that there are between 2 and 4 billion .dwg images in existence today.

How to open DWG 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 DWG for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension DWG

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

Various viewers for this file format

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

Free File ViewerFree File ViewerUser submitted
WinRARWinRARUser submitted
AutoCADAutoCADUser submitted
DWG TrueViewDWG TrueViewUser submitted
Adobe IllustratorAdobe IllustratorUser submitted
eDrawings ViewereDrawings ViewerUser submitted
DraftSightDraftSightUser submitted
Not applicableNot applicableUser submitted
Paint Shop ProPaint Shop ProUser submitted
Ashampoo Photo CommanderAshampoo Photo CommanderUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with DWG-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 DWG-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!