DWL File Type

- The quick facts

What are DWL files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a DWL 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 DWL file?

DWL files have multiple uses, and TurboCAD Drawing Lock is one of them.

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 7 different DWL openers which you will find listed below.

Last updated: May 29, 2022

More file formats using the DWL extension

Through our research of DWL files, we know that the following formats exist. However, we have not yet analyzed them in detail, and we would love to hear from you if you have information about either of them.

Dr. Web Language Data File

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.

DWGSee ApplicationDWGSee ApplicationUser submitted
AutoCADAutoCADUser submitted
Jw_cadJw_cadUser submitted
Adobe AcrobatAdobe AcrobatUser submitted
TurboCADTurboCADUser submitted
Contronics GuardusContronics GuardusUser submitted
Autodesk Design ReviewAutodesk Design ReviewUser submitted