The File Extensions Database

.DWF File Extension

  • Developer by: Autodesk
  • Category: 3D Image Files
  • Format: Binary

What is an .DWF file?

.DWF is Design Web Format File

A DWF file is a 2D/3D drawing saved in the Design Web Format (DWF) developed by Autodesk. It contains design data, which includes graphics and text. DWF files are saved in a compressed format to reduce the size of the file.

The Design Web Format was developed as a device independent and resolution independent drawing format for distributing designs. It is not intended to replace popular CAD formats, but instead it is used for saving designs in a more accessible, open format that can be opened without the need to purchase expensive CAD software.

Programs that open Design Web Format File
Autodesk Design Review
CorelCAD 2018
ACD Systems Canvas X 2019
Safe Software FME Desktop
CAD Systems Unlimited Slick! ViewPlus
DWG TOOL Acme CAD Converter
IMSI TurboCAD Deluxe
CorelCAD 2018
AutoDesk AutoCAD 360
AutoDesk AutoCAD 360
AutoDesk A360 Viewer

How to solve problems with DWF files

  • Associate the DWF file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any DWF file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.DWF files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the DWF file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .DWF is Design Web Format File. Because only the current version supports the latest DWF file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the Autodesk manufacturer website after an available .DWF is Design Web Format File update.
  • To make sure that your DWF file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.