DXF File - opening and understanding

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

What is a DXF file?

DXF stands for Drawing Exchange Format. Files that contain the .dxf file extension contain CAD vector image files.

The DXF file format is similar to the DWG file format, but DXF files are ASCII based and are therefore more compatible with other computer applications.

The DXF file format was developed as an exchange format for the CAD files that are created by computer aided drafting software applications. The file format was initially introduced in December of 1982 as a part of AutoCAD 1.0. The file format was meant to provide an exact representation of the data in the standard AutoCAD file format.

How to open DXF 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 DXF for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension DXF

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

Various viewers for this file format

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

WinRARWinRARUser submitted
AutoCADAutoCADUser submitted
DWG TrueViewDWG TrueViewUser submitted
Adobe IllustratorAdobe IllustratorUser submitted
Microsoft Picture ItMicrosoft Picture ItUser submitted
IrfanViewIrfanViewUser submitted
DraftSightDraftSightUser submitted
Paint Shop ProPaint Shop ProUser submitted
Jw_cadJw_cadUser submitted
DWGSee ApplicationDWGSee ApplicationUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with DXF-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 DXF-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!