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Open DWG File

File type: AutoCAD Drawing Database File


The DWG file extension identifies drawing files created in AutoCAD from Autodesk. The files with the .dwg are to store 3D and 2D design data including metadata. They also contain geometric information.

It is a the local format for many CAD packages such as Interlaced, PowerCAD, AutoCAD and its variants. The files with the .dwg don't have native support in many  software applications.

This format started in 1982 together with the first Autocad version.

DWG file format

How to Open DWG Files

The best option you have is to download a DWG viewer.

You can view a DWG file without Autocad. You have to download a free viewer or use an online viewer.

Category: Three Dimensional Image Files
File format: Proprietary
Open with Windows:
Open with Linux:
  • TurboCAD,
  • utodesk AutoCAD
The DWG file extension was first developed as a native file format for the CAD package Interact. The author was Mike Riddle. It was later on licensed by Autodesk to be the foundation of AutoCAD.
Today, this format is the most widely used file format for drawing. You can open it in many CAD software.
The files with the .dwg are in a propriety format for images composed of design data. The DWG is associated with the DXF file extension which stores files in the ASCII version.
AutoCAD is a computer-aided design and drafting program. It is the industry standard when it comes to 2D and 3D design work.
Autodesk defines designs and iterates that this format is the native format for their computer-aided design applications.
However, in the year of 1996, Autodesk disclaimed exclusive used of the this format. You can open These files in Windows using the free program DWG Tru View.

Here is an updated list of the best DWG viewers to download:

  • Autocad (Not free).
  • Freecad
  • Librecad
  • Draftsight
  • Sketchup
  • Solidworks.

You can check these online viewers:

For more information about the format you can visit the source website:
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