What are the best programs to open DWG files without AutoCAD?

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The best programs to open DWG files

VectorWorks. It is simply a program, compatible with Windows and Mac OS operating systems, which gives you all the tools you need to open any DWG file. It is a program widely used in the film industry to build the structural base of cities.

SketchUp is another very practical alternative for open any file extension without using AutoCAD. It is widely used in three-dimensional modeling, so it is used in architecture, civil engineering, film, video games, among others. It is also used in graphic design.

Free DWG Viewer. As the name suggests, it is a free DWG viewer, unlike the previous one. One of the strengths of this program is that it is extremely easy to use and the reason is that it can be used with any conventional image viewer.

THE A360 Viewer is a tool that allows you to work online, which is very favorable, since it is not necessary to download any programs on your device. It simply depends on the speed of your internet connection.


Fast View DWG. It will be especially useful for viewing, editing and even editing AutoCAD files that come directly from it, with its DWG format. This program also accepts 3D viewing, with 360 degree angles, through which you will perceive images in 10 different perspectives.

Mini CAD viewer. If you are starting out in the world of DWG files, this program is ideal for you, as it is very compact and easy to use. Provides detailed information and allows you to fully manipulate drawings with Zoom. As an extra, it has a miniature view.

View, explore and edit DWG files

The programs we present above are well known and effective. With the next ones you will read below, you will complete the list of options available to you. Not only will they allow you to edit them, but you can also convert them to other formats online.

Adobe Illustrator. Adobe company is not limited only to PDF files, but also offers you an excellent way to adapt your AutoCAD creations to a Web, as well as promotions, sales or anything that has to do with the graphic design.

Autodesk DWG TrueView. It offers multiple options, for example:

  • You can open DWG, DWF and DXF formats and convert them to other configurations, as well as using all the tools at your disposal.
  • It offers an attractive, friendly and very easy to use interface.
  • It allows you to view documents in 2D and also in 3D. It also provides the ability to enlarge graphics or diagrams, as well as the ability to print your own projects.

MicroStation it is a very interesting alternative for professionals of the engineering and architecture sector, since it is very easy to use in the documentation of projects and drawings, such as infrastructures of any kind.

Microsoft Vision. It is a program designed by Microsoft for vector drawing. It will allow you to:

  • Database diagrams.
  • Flowcharts.
  • Office diagrams.
  • Add images and relationships with dashed lines to flowcharts.

QCad. It is an easy-to-use program, with an interface that offers you an eye-pleasing experience. With it, you can work your projects in 2D and make your work more fluid. It supports Windows, OS X or GNU and Linux operating systems.

DraftSight. It is available in two versions:

  1. The paid version: per professional use.
  2. The free version: allows you to operate very broadly. You can: open, edit and save files in DFX and DWG formats created by AutoCAD.

FreeCAD. It is a tool that gives you a working experience very similar to that of AutoCAD. It is a free software to use 3D modeling CAD, MCAD, CAX, among others, based on Opencascade.

Besides opening your DWG files, you have other options like converting them to other formats like JPG or PNG.

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