What is a .DGN File And How To Open It – Bentley Systems (Guide)


Have you downloaded a file with .dgn extension, but you have never seen this extension before? It is possible that you know what the file does, but you are unsure on how to open it. In this article we will explain what .dgn file extension is, how to open it and how to work with it.

What is a .DGN file?

The .DGN file extension stands for MicroStation Design File. The developer of this file extension is Bentley Systems. The file is a CAD software file.

What to know

There are currently 4 software that can open the .dgn file on 1 platform.

How to open a .DGN file?

Below we have written a comprehensive guide on how to open the .DGN file on various operating systems.

How to open a .DGN file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .dgn file on Windows in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the Corel PaintShop Pro software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. You can also use Autodesk AutoCAD 2020, AutoDWG DGN to DWG Converter, IMSI TurboCAD Pro and Corel PaintShop Pro software.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .DGN file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Corel PaintShop Pro software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

Still cannot open the .DGN file?

If you are still unable to open the .DGN file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. The .DGN file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .dgs – DevSoft, .dgs – TES, .dgsl – Microsoft, .dgt – DST Thumbnail File, .dharma – Dharma Ransomware Encrypted File. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.


In this article you have learned how to open the .DGN file with the Corel PaintShop Pro, Autodesk AutoCAD 2020, AutoDWG DGN to DWG Converter, IMSI TurboCAD Pro programs on Windows.