What is a .IDW File And How To Open It – Autodesk (Visual Guide)

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Have you downloaded a file with .idw extension, but you are not sure what it is? Perhaps you know what the file is, but you simply don’t know how to open it. Thanks to this easy guide you will be able to find out what .idw file extension is, how to open it and how to work with it.

What is a .IDW file?

The .IDW file extension stands for Inventor Drawing. This file extension belongs to the developer Autodesk. This CAD software file is in binary format.

What to know

There is currently 1 software that can open the .idw file on 1 platform.

How to open a .IDW file?

In this part of the article we will show you how to open the .IDW file on various operating systems.

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

There are 4 simple steps to open the .idw file on Windows.

1. In the first step you need to download the Autodesk Inventor View 2020 software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. You can also use Autodesk Inventor View 2020 software.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .IDW 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: 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. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Autodesk Inventor View 2020 software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

Still cannot open the .IDW file?

If you cannot open the .IDW file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .IDW file.idx – Movie Subtitle File, .idx – VDO Dayton, .idx0 – Jagex, .idx255 – Jagex, .ies – Illuminating Engineering Society. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.


In this article you have learned how to open the .IDW file with the Autodesk Inventor View 2020 program on Windows.