What is a .DXF File And How To Open It – Autodesk

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Introduction

Have you downloaded a file with .dxf 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. That’s why you are here! We have made this guide for you to learn more about the .dxf file extension and how to open it.

What is a .DXF file?

The file extension .DXF stands for Drawing Exchange Format File. This file extension was developed by Autodesk. This file belongs to the text format and it is a CAD software file.

What to know

There are currently 10 software that can open the .dxf file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .DXF file?

Below you can find an easy to understand, step-by-step guide to open the .DXF file on your operating system/device.

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

To open the .dxf file on Windows, please follow these 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the Nevron Software MyDraw software. This software will be used for opening the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: Autodesk AutoCAD 2020, Autodesk DWG TrueView, Autodesk Design Review, IMSI TurboCAD Pro, Dassault Systemes SolidWorks eDrawings Viewer, CADSoftTools ABViewer, Scan2CAD and Nevron Software MyDraw.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .DXF file

2. In the second step 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 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 Nevron Software MyDraw software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .DXF file on Mac

To open the .dxf file on Mac, please follow these 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the Nevron Software MyDraw software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. You can also use Autodesk AutoCAD 2020, Dassault Systemes SolidWorks eDrawings Viewer, Cheetah3D, Scan2CAD and Nevron Software MyDraw software.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .DXF 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. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Nevron Software MyDraw software 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 .DXF file on Linux

To open the .dxf file on Linux, please follow these 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the LibreCAD software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: LibreCAD.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .DXF 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, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

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

Still cannot open the .DXF file?

If you cannot open the .DXF file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .DXF file.dxl – IBM, .dxl – IBM, .dxls – Palmer Performance Engineering, .dxo – Liberty Instruments, .dxp – Canneverbe. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .DXF file with the Nevron Software MyDraw, Autodesk AutoCAD 2020, Autodesk DWG TrueView, Autodesk Design Review, IMSI TurboCAD Pro, Dassault Systemes SolidWorks eDrawings Viewer, CADSoftTools ABViewer, Scan2CAD programs on Windows, Nevron Software MyDraw, Autodesk AutoCAD 2020, Dassault Systemes SolidWorks eDrawings Viewer, Cheetah3D, Scan2CAD programs on Mac and LibreCAD software on Linux.