DWG File

What are DWG files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a DWG 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 DWG file?

DWG files have multiple uses, and AutoCAD Drawing is one of them. Read more about the other uses further down the page.

AutoCAD Drawing

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 AutoDesk, Inc developed. The .dwg extension can also be given to files created with various 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 CAD software. These files store design and metadata that describe the contents of the file. The .dwg format is considered the most widely-used format for CAD drawings.

How to open DWG files

We have identified seven DWG openers that are compatible with this specific type of DWG file.

Programs that open AutoCAD Drawing files

AutoCADAutoCADVerified
Adobe IllustratorAdobe IllustratorVerified
DWG TrueViewDWG TrueViewVerified
DraftSightDraftSightVerified
PowerDraftPowerDraftVerified
MicroStationMicroStationVerified
eDrawings RapidFire LiteeDrawings RapidFire LiteVerified

Last updated: December 18, 2022

More file formats using the DWG extension

Through our research of DWG files, we know that the following formats exist. However, we have not yet analyzed them in detail.

  • CAD Vantage Drawing
  • CIRCAD Data File
  • IBM CAD/3X Drawing
  • MICROCAD Drawing
  • PC-Draft-CAD Drawing

Various apps that use files with this extension

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.

Digi-Watcher.com's Watcher softwareDigi-Watcher.com's Watcher softwareDiscontinued
EModelViewer ModuleEModelViewer ModuleUser submitted
Corel PaintShop ProCorel PaintShop ProUser submitted
Ashampoo Photo CommanderAshampoo Photo CommanderUser submitted
DWGSee ApplicationDWGSee ApplicationUser submitted
Adobe AcrobatAdobe AcrobatUser submitted
OpenText Brava!OpenText Brava!User submitted
Volo View ExpressVolo View ExpressDiscontinued
Jw_cadJw_cadUser submitted
ABViewerABViewerUser submitted

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