What is a .DWG File And How To Open It – Autodesk (Easy Guide)

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Introduction

Have you downloaded a file with .dwg extension, but you have never seen this extension before? You most likely know what the file is, but you might be unsure on how to open it. In this article we will explain what .dwg file extension is, how to open it and how to work with it.

What is a .DWG file?

The file extension .DWG is AutoCAD Drawing Database File. The development of this file was done by Autodesk. The file has the binary format, and it is a CAD software file.

What to know

There are currently 18 software that can open the .dwg file on 6 platforms.

How to open a .DWG file?

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

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

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .dwg file on Windows in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the Scan2CAD software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. You can also use Autodesk AutoCAD 2020, Autodesk Design Review, Autodesk DWG TrueView, AutoDWG DWGSee, CADSoftTools ABViewer, IMSI TurboCAD Pro, GRAPHISOFT ArchiCAD, Dassault Systemes SolidWorks eDrawings Viewer, AnyDWG Any DWG to PDF Converter, Bricsys Bricscad, Dassault Systemes DraftSight, Wout Ware DWG DXF Sharp Viewer and Scan2CAD software.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .DWG file

2. The second step is locating 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, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Scan2CAD software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .DWG file on Mac

The .dwg file can be opened in 4 steps on Mac.

1. In the first step you need to download the Scan2CAD software. This software will be used for opening the file. You can also use Autodesk AutoCAD 2020, progeCAD iCADMac, GRAPHISOFT ArchiCAD, Microspot DWG Viewer, Dassault Systemes SolidWorks eDrawings Viewer, Dassault Systemes DraftSight, Autodesk Fusion 360 and Scan2CAD software.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .DWG file

2. The second step is locating 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: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Scan2CAD software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .DWG file on Linux

There are 4 simple steps to open the .dwg file on Linux.

1. The first step is to download the Bricsys Bricscad software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. The other software that you can use is Bricsys Bricscad and Dassault Systemes DraftSight.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .DWG file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

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

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Bricsys Bricscad software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Linux.

How to open a .DWG file on Android

To open the .dwg file on Android, please follow these easy steps.

Step 1

Image 1: Locating your .DWG file in the download folder

First of all 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 2

Image2: Unable to open the file

While trying to open the file, it won’t work.

Step 3

Image3: Open your Google Play Store

Please locate the app “Google Play Store” (picture above) and open it.

Step 4

Image4: Search for the software and download it

To open the file, you will need to download the Microsoft OneDrive software. Please search for it in the Google Play Store and install it. You could also download the AutoDWG DWGSee, Autodesk Fusion 360, Autodesk AutoCAD and Microsoft OneDrive software. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Android.

How to open a .DWG file on iOS

There is easy way to open the .dwg file on iOS.

Step 1

Image 1: Finding your files in the download folder

First of all you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 2

Image2: Can’t open the file

In order to open the file, you will have to search for the Microsoft OneDrive in the iOS App Store software and install it. You could also download the Autodesk Fusion 360, Autodesk AutoCAD and Microsoft OneDrive software. Congratulations! You can now open your file on iOS.

How to open a .DWG file in the Browser

The currently known web apps that can open this file are: Microsoft OneDrive and Autodesk Fusion 360. Just right click on the file and choose “Open With” on your OS.

Still cannot open the .DWG file?

If you cannot open the .DWG file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. The .DWG file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .dwi – Dance With Intensity Song File, .dwl – IMSI, .dwl2 – Autodesk, .dwlibrary – Mariner Software, .dwn – Firmware Update File. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .DWG file with the Scan2CAD, Autodesk AutoCAD 2020, Autodesk Design Review, Autodesk DWG TrueView, AutoDWG DWGSee, CADSoftTools ABViewer, IMSI TurboCAD Pro, GRAPHISOFT ArchiCAD, Dassault Systemes SolidWorks eDrawings Viewer, AnyDWG Any DWG to PDF Converter, Bricsys Bricscad, Dassault Systemes DraftSight, Wout Ware DWG DXF Sharp Viewer programs on Windows, Scan2CAD, Autodesk AutoCAD 2020, progeCAD iCADMac, GRAPHISOFT ArchiCAD, Microspot DWG Viewer, Dassault Systemes SolidWorks eDrawings Viewer, Dassault Systemes DraftSight, Autodesk Fusion 360 programs on Mac, Bricsys Bricscad, Dassault Systemes DraftSight software on Linux, Microsoft OneDrive, AutoDWG DWGSee, Autodesk Fusion 360, Autodesk AutoCAD software on Android, Microsoft OneDrive, Autodesk Fusion 360, Autodesk AutoCAD software on iOS and Microsoft OneDrive, Autodesk Fusion 360 programs in the Browser.