What are DWL files and how to open them
Are you having problems opening a DWL file or are you simply curious about its contents? We're here to explain the properties of these files and provide you with software that can open or handle your DWL files.
What is a DWL file?
DWL files have multiple uses, and TurboCAD Drawing Lock is one of them. Read more about the other uses further down the page.
TurboCAD Drawing Lock File
Files that contain the .dwl file extension are most commonly associated with the TurboCAD 2D and 3D design software applications. The DWL files that are used by these programs contain lock files of the TCW files that are being used by the application.
When more than one user access the same TCW drawing, a DWL file is created to prevent the actual file from becoming corrupted or accidentally overwritten. The DWL file allows a user to view a copy of the file but does not allow for editing while the original file is open. The DWL file is automatically deleted once the file has been closed.
How to open DWL files
Important: Different programs may use files with the DWL file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your DWL file is, you may need to try a few different programs.
While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested six different DWL openers which you will find listed below.
Last updated: December 22, 2023
All known file formats using extension .DWL
While TurboCAD Drawing Lock File is a popular type of DWL-file, we know of 2 different uses of the .DWL file extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.
Dr. Web Language Data File
We know that one DWL format is Dr. Web Language Data File. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.
Various apps that use files with this extension
These apps are known to open certain types of DWL files. Remember, different programs may use DWL 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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