Open dwg file

dwg file icon Did your computer fail to open dwg file? We explain what dwg files are and recommend software that we know can open your dwg files.

What is dwg file?

A dwg file extension is used for common CAD file format, originally used by AutoCAD. A DWG is a proprietary format and can only be created in AutoCAD. Other CAD programs can usually import it, but not create its proprietary form. It's because of this, that DWGs are often exported to DXF interchange format, so they can be seamlessly used in other CAD programs.

dwg file description

The dwg file extension is associated with AutoCAD, a CAD software for Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac developed by Autodesk, Inc..

The dwg (drawing) file format is a proprietary format used to store two or three dimensional data with any other metadata.

DWG file format was developed in the late 1970s by Mike Riddle and licensed to Autodesk in the 1982 for their AutoCAD application. The DWG file format has been updated several times with last update in 2018 (DWG 2018 - AC1032).

One thing to remember is, that newer versions of AutoCAD can read older versions of DWG files and can save projects in older versions of the DWG, but older versions of the AutoCAD can't read the new ones.

Because of this, some applications are able to read only some .dwg files, but cannot open different DWG version until they are either updated or have proper plugin is installed. To bypass the difficulties when opening various .dwg files, try to export them to DXF interchange format in its default program and import it to the other program.

The DWG format is probably one of the most widespread format used for CAD drawings (both 2D and 3D) and licensed for use in many applications.

DWG MIME types:

Software that will open dwg file


Leading 2D and 3D CAD development software from Autodesk

AutoCAD for Mac

A Mac version of popular Autodesk AutoCAD software

DWG TrueView

A DWG and DXF viewer with DWG TrueConvert software included

Other dwg file extensions

dwg - BravoDRAFT detailer data

A dwg file extension is related to the BravoDRAFT an old CAD tool. A dwg file stores CAD drawing. It is not compatible with AutoCAD DWG format.

What file extension actually is?

Simply put, file extensions are the characters after the dot in the file name, so for example filename.mp3 has file extension „mp3“. This helps Windows to identify which program should be used to open the file.

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