Experience the ultimate in design capabilities with Autodesk AutoCAD. From efficient drafting and engineering to advanced automation, this all-inclusive software has you covered. With specialized toolsets plus web & mobile applications, it’s easier than ever for millions of engineers worldwide to bring designs together quickly into one seamless package! Subscriptions are also flexible so creating sophisticated projects is accessible – wherever your work demands.
What is AutoCAD?
Power your teams’ creativity with automation, collaboration, and machine-learning features of AutoCAD® software. Architects, engineers, and construction professionals use AutoCAD to:
Design and annotate 2D geometry and 3D models with solids, surfaces, and mesh objects
Automate tasks such as comparing drawings, counting objects, adding blocks, creating schedules, and more
Create a customized workspace to maximize productivity with add-on apps and APIs
Work faster with specialized toolsets
AutoCAD now includes industry-specific features and intelligent objects for architecture, mechanical engineering, electrical design, and more.
Automate floor plans, sections, and elevations
Draw piping, ducting, and circuiting quickly with parts libraries
Auto-generate annotations, layers, schedules, lists, and tables
Use a rules-driven workflow to accurately enforce industry standards
Work anywhere with included mobile and web apps
AutoCAD mobile app View, edit, annotate and create drawings in the field and on the go from a mobile device.
AutoCAD web app With no installation required, simply login to view, edit, annotate, and create drawings quickly in your local web browser.
AutoCAD Key Features
Automatically place blocks based on previous placements or quickly find and replace existing blocks
Complete your projects faster with helpful tips and features from My Insights
Display drawing windows side by side or on multiple monitors within the same instance of AutoCAD
Keep informed of recent changes to a shared DWG through an activity log
Compare past and present versions of a drawing to see the evolution of your work
Send a controlled copy of your drawing to teammates and colleagues to view or edit from anywhere
Markup Import and Markup Assist
Import feedback from paper or PDFs and add changes automatically, without altering your existing drawing
AutoCAD anytime, anywhere
Create, edit, and view CAD drawings with a browser using AutoCAD on mobile or on web
Push to Autodesk Docs
Push your CAD drawing sheets as PDFs directly from AutoCAD to Autodesk Docs
Why subscribe to AutoCAD?
With monthly and annual options, subscribing to AutoCAD is flexible and cost-effective.
Simplify licensing and updates
Continue or cancel your subscription as your needs change.
Choose single- or multi-user access.
Get software updates right away or choose a time that’s right for you.
Access current and previous software versions.
Personalize your AutoCAD
Migrate your files and custom settings from previous versions of AutoCAD.
Customize the workspace with 600+ exchange apps.
Connect and collaborate from anywhere
Access your software anywhere via your Autodesk account.
Share your drawings in the cloud.
AutoCAD mobile app is included with your subscription.
Innovate your designs with new tools
Attach/extract point cloud data.
Underlay BIM designs.
Import, plot, and attach PDFs, and more.
2D Draft, Drawing and Annotation
Text settings – Create single or multiline text (mtext) as a single text object. Easily format text, columns, and boundaries.
Dimensions – Create dimensions automatically. Pass the cursor over selected objects to see a preview before you create it.
Tables – Apply formulas, link to Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, and create tables with data and symbols. Automatically import data to tables using features like Count.
Leaders – Create leaders with a variety of content, including text or blocks. Easily format leader lines and define styles.
Centerlines and center marks – Create and edit centerlines and center marks that automatically move when you move the associated objects.
Revision clouds – Draw revision clouds around new changes in a drawing to quickly identify your updates.
Views – Save views by name to easily return to a specific view for quick reference or for applying to layout viewports.
Layouts – Specify the size of your drawing sheet, add a title block, and display multiple views of your model.
Fields – Use fields in text objects to display text that can be updated automatically as the field value changes.
Data linking – Enable simultaneous updates by creating a live link between a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet and a table in your drawing.
Data extraction – Extract information from objects, blocks, and attributes, including drawing information.
Dynamic blocks – Add flexibility and intelligence to your block references, including changing the shape, size, or configuration.
Arrays – Create and modify objects in circular or rectangular patterns, or along a path.
Parametric constraints – Apply geometric and dimensional constraints to maintain relationships between drawing geometry.
Purge – Remove multiple unneeded objects at once with easy selection and object preview.
3D Modeling and Visualization
Solid, surface, and mesh modeling – Create realistic 3D models of your design using a combination of solid, surface, and mesh modeling tools.
3D navigation (orbit, ViewCube, wheel) – Use 3D viewing and navigation tools to orbit, swivel, walk, and fly around a 3D model to showcase your design.
Visual styles – Apply visual styles to control the display of edges, lighting, and shading of your 3D model.
Section planes – Create section planes to display cross-sectional views through solids, surfaces, meshes, or regions.
Rendering – Apply lighting and materials to give your 3D models a realistic appearance and to help communicate your designs.
Cloud rendering – Render 3D models online without consuming processing power or disk space on your local computer.
Point clouds – Attach point cloud files acquired by 3D laser scanners or other technologies to use as a starting point for your designs.
Model documentation – Generate 2D drawings including base, projected, section, and detail views from 3D models.
Xref Compare – Compare two versions of a drawing, including external references (xrefs).
PDF files – Share and reuse data from PDF files by importing, exporting, or attaching them as underlays.
DGN Files – Share and reuse data from DGN files by importing, exporting, or attaching them as underlays.
DWG Compare – Compare two versions of a drawing without leaving your current window.
Sheet sets – View, access, manage, and plot multiple drawings as sheet sets.
Model references and import – Attach Navisworks models as underlays to your drawings, and import models from other applications.
Geographic location and online maps – Insert geographic location information into a drawing, and display a map in the drawing from an online map service.
Installation and Customization
Simplified installer – Reduce the amount of time you spend setting up AutoCAD with faster and customizable installations.
Start tab – The new AutoCAD Start tab lets you easily access files and other helpful content directly from the home screen.
TrustedDWG technology – TrustedDWG® technology alerts you to a possible incompatibility when a file was not last saved by Autodesk software.
CUI customization – Customize the user interface to improve accessibility and reduce the number of steps for frequent tasks.
Secure load – Specify security restrictions for running executables in AutoCAD to help protect against malicious executable code.
Action recorder – Record commands and input values that can be played back as an action macro.
System variable monitor – Monitor current system variables against a preferred list of values. Notification balloons alert you to deviations.
CAD standards checker – Define and monitor CAD standards to maintain consistent styles for layers, linetypes, text, and dimensions.
Autodesk App Store – Customize your software with Autodesk-approved extensions.
System requirements for AutoCAD 2024 including Specialized Toolsets (Windows)
64-bit Microsoft® Windows® 11 and Windows 10 version 1809 or above. See Autodesk’s Product Support Lifecycle for support information.
Basic: 2.5–2.9 GHz processor (base) ARM Processors are not supported.
Resolutions up to 3840 x 2160 (with “Recommended” display card)
Basic: 2 GB GPU with 29 GB/s Bandwidth and DirectX 11 compliant
Recommended: 8 GB GPU with 106 GB/s Bandwidth and DirectX 12 compliant
DirectX 12 with Feature Level 12_0 is required for Shaded(Fast) and Shaded with edges(Fast) visual styles. Please be sure to use the latest video card manufacturer drivers from their website.
Note: AutoCAD uses your computer’s display card for a variety of essential graphics operations including but not limited to view manipulation, line smoothing, and text/linetype generation. It is recommended that you have a display card with dedicated VRAM to support these operations at optimal speeds.
APFS, APFS(Encrypted), Mac OS Extended (Journaled), Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted)
Additional requirements for large datasets, point clouds, and 3D modeling
16 GB RAM or more
6 GB free hard disk available not including installation requirements
3840 x 2160 (4K) or greater True Color video display adapter; 12GB VRAM or greater; Pixel Shader 3.0 or greater; DirectX-capable workstation class graphics card
Please note: 64-bit Operating Systems are recommended if you are working with Large Datasets, Point Clouds and 3D Modeling and required if you are using Model Documentation or Point Clouds. Please refer to the AutoCAD 64-bit System Requirements for more information.
Languages English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Czech, Polish, Hungarian, Russian
File format changes No
Save as support AutoCAD R14, AutoCAD 2000, AutoCAD 2004, AutoCAD 2007, AutoCAD 2010, AutoCAD 2013, AutoCAD 2018. EMR has the same formats as Commercial AutoCAD, with the exception of AutoCAD 2000/LT2000 Drawing
Microsoft Access database engine 2016 (English) 16.00.4999.1000
MySQL® ODBC 8.0 Driver
Oracle® in OraClient21Home1
What’s new in AutoCAD 2024
Stay connected to data throughout your project lifecycle with details of multi-user activities in a DWG file. Be informed of relevant file changes and access with an activity log. Activity Insights helps bridge information gaps in your collaborative AutoCAD workflows. (video: 1:38 min.)
Smart Blocks: Replacement
Quickly find the blocks you need and replace one or more blocks via machine learning-based suggestions, recently used blocks, and manual substitute block selection.
Smart Blocks: Placement
Automatically place blocks in your drawing in the right position and scale based on where you’ve inserted the same ones thus far in your DWG file, reducing the number of clicks required and saving you time in the process. (video: 48 sec.)
Markup Import and Markup Assist
Rapidly send and incorporate design feedback. Import feedback from printed paper via mobile or PDFs and add changes to your drawings automatically. AutoCAD uses machine learning to detect and execute certain instructions in markup text including “MOVE,” “COPY,” or “DELETE” commands. (video: 1:59 min.)
AutoCAD subscribers receive exclusive additional functionality in AutoCAD on the web, including AutoLISP API on the web and batch plot to PDF(s).
Apple Silicon Native Support
AutoCAD for Mac 2024 now runs natively on Apple Silicon Mac machines (M1 and M2).
What’s new in AutoCAD 2021?
New: Drawing history
Compare past and present versions of a drawing and see the evolution of your work.
New: Xref compare
See the changes made to your current drawing from changed external references (Xrefs).
Enhanced: Blocks palette
View and access your blocks content from AutoCAD on desktop or within the AutoCAD web app.
Enhanced: Performance enhancements
Experience faster save and install times. Leverage multicore processors for smoother orbit, pan, and zoom operations.
AutoCAD on any device
View, edit, and create drawings in AutoCAD on virtually any device–desktop, web, or mobile.
Cloud storage connectivity
Access any DWG™ file in AutoCAD with Autodesk’s cloud, as well as with leading cloud storage providers.
Display all nearby measurements in a drawing simply by hovering your mouse.
Enhanced DWG compare
Compare two versions of a drawing without leaving your current window.
Remove multiple unneeded objects at once with easy selection and object preview.
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