The File Extensions Database


.DWG File Extension

  • Developer by: Autodesk
  • Category: CAD Files
  • Format: Binary

What is an .DWG file?

.DWG is AutoCAD Drawing Database File

A DWG file is a database of 2D or 3D drawings created with AutoCAD, a professional CAD program. It contains vector image data and metadata that describes the contents of the file. DWG files are related to .DXF files, which are ASCII versions of DWG files.

DWG files can be viewed on Windows using Autodesk's free DWG TrueView program. They may also be opened by other third-party applications that support the DWG format.

NOTE: Several variations of the DWG format have been published by AutoCAD. Since 2000, the DWG 2000, DWG 2004, DWG 2007, DWG 2010, and DWG 2013 formats have been introduced. While these formats are similar, their file structures are slightly different. Therefore, third-party CAD programs may be able to open some DWG files, but not others.

Programs that open AutoCAD Drawing Database File
Windows
Autodesk AutoCAD 2018
Autodesk Design Review
Autodesk DWG TrueView
AutoDWG DWGSee
CADSoftTools ABViewer
IMSI TurboCAD Pro
IMSI DoubleCAD
ACD Systems Canvas X 2019
CorelCAD 2018
GRAPHISOFT ArchiCAD
Dassault Systemes SolidWorks eDrawings Viewer
AnyDWG Any DWG to PDF Converter
Adobe Illustrator CC 2019
Serif DrawPlus
Bricsys Bricscad
Dassault Systemes DraftSight
Wout Ware DWG DXF Sharp Viewer
Mac
Autodesk AutoCAD 2018
IMSI TurboCAD Deluxe
CorelCAD 2018
progeCAD iCADMac
GRAPHISOFT ArchiCAD
Microspot DWG Viewer
Dassault Systemes SolidWorks eDrawings Viewer
Adobe Illustrator CC 2019
Dassault Systemes DraftSight
Autodesk Fusion 360
Linux
Bricsys Bricscad
Dassault Systemes DraftSight
iOS
Autodesk Fusion 360
AutoDesk AutoCAD 360
Android
AutoDWG DWGSee
Autodesk Fusion 360
AutoDesk AutoCAD 360
Windows Phone
Autodesk Fusion 360
Web
Autodesk Fusion 360
AutoDesk A360 Viewer

How to solve problems with DWG files

  • Associate the DWG file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any DWG file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.DWG files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the DWG 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 .DWG is AutoCAD Drawing Database File. Because only the current version supports the latest DWG file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the Autodesk manufacturer website after an available .DWG is AutoCAD Drawing Database File update.
  • To make sure that your DWG file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.