DWL File - opening and understanding

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

What is a DWL 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 of the file while the original file is open. The DWL file is automatically deleted once the file has been closed.

How to open DWL 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 DWL for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 7 different DWL openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension DWL

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

Various viewers for this file format

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
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with DWL-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 DWL-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!