File Extension Library


.DWG File Extension

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

What is an .DWG file?

.DWG file extension is created by Autodesk. .DWG has been classified as CAD Files. The format of .DWG file is Binary.

.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.

List of all softwares that can open the 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 Open .DWG file on different platforms

Open .DWG File on Windows

  • Right-click a .DWG
  • Left-click "Open With" > "Choose another app"
  • Select the program that opens .DWG file and Select check box "Always use this app to open .DWG files" Press "Ok"

Open .DWG File on Mac

  • Right-click (or Ctrl + Left-click) the .DWG file
  • Click "Open With" > "Other.."
  • Then choose another program from the app list and press "Open"
  • Select check box "Turn on" for "Always open in app"

Open .DWG File on Linux

Right click on the .DWG file, choose "Open with" and select a program from the list above

Open .DWG File on iPhone

Select a file. If you don't see an application to open the .DWG file, tap "Share" and choose the right app.
Method 2
Save the file. Then open the app «Files». Touch and hold the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. After that tap "Share" and select an application.

Open .DWG File on Android

Tap the Settings icon on an Android smartphone, then select «Applications». Click the Settings icon in the upper right corner of the screen, to change the default apps.
If you want to open, edit, save or even convert .DWG files on Android, then your best bet is to download one of the dedicated apps available on Google Play.

How to fix problems with .DWG files

  1. You need to update the application that you normally use to open .DWG files. Only the latest version of the software supports the current .DWG file format
  2. You need to check the .DWG file for viruses. To do this, you need to scan it with a popular antivirus (Norton, Nod32, Kaspersky, Dr.Web, etc.)