The File Extensions Database

.DXF File Extension

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

What is an .DXF file?

.DXF is Drawing Exchange Format File

A DXF file is a data file saved in a format developed by Autodesk and used for CAD (computer-aided design) vector image files, such as AutoCAD documents. DXF files are similar to .DWG files, but are more compatible with other programs since they are ASCII (text) based.

The DXF format was developed as a universal format so that AutoCAD documents could be opened more easily with other programs. For example, the Valve Hammer Editor can export 3D models as DXF files, which can be opened and edited with other 3D modeling applications.

Programs that open Drawing Exchange Format File
Autodesk AutoCAD 2018
Autodesk DWG TrueView
Autodesk Design Review
CorelCAD 2018
ACD Systems Canvas X 2019
Adobe Illustrator CC 2019
Dassault Systemes SolidWorks eDrawings Viewer
CADSoftTools ABViewer
Autodesk AutoCAD 2018
IMSI TurboCAD Deluxe
CorelCAD 2018
Dassault Systemes SolidWorks eDrawings Viewer
Adobe Illustrator CC 2019

How to solve problems with DXF files

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