CAD software to design anything—now with time-saving specialized toolsets, web and mobile apps
AutoCAD® is computer-aided design (CAD) software that architects, engineers, and construction professionals rely on to create precise 2D and 3D drawings.
Draft and edit 2D geometry and 3D models with solids, surfaces, and mesh objects
Annotate drawings with text, dimensions, leaders, and tables
Customize 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 install required, simply log in to view, edit, annotate, and create drawings quickly in your local web browser.
AutoCAD Feature Highlights
Comprehensive 2D documentation
Produce 2D documentation and drawings with a comprehensive set of drawing, editing, and annotation tools.
Innovative 3D design
Create and communicate almost any design with 3D modeling and visualization tools.
Customize AutoCAD to help increase productivity and enforce CAD standards.
Share and use data from PDF and DGN files, Navisworks, Bing Maps, and AutoCAD mobile app.
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.
What’s new in AutoCAD 2020
AutoCAD® 2020 software includes industry-specific toolsets; improved workflows across desktop, web, and mobile; and new features such as the Blocks palette.
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.
Insert blocks efficiently from a most recently used list with visual galleries.
Display all nearby measurements in a drawing simply by hovering your mouse.
New dark theme
Reduce eye strain with contrast improvements, sharper icons, and a modern blue interface.
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.
Experience improvements in speed with faster save time and 50% faster install time for solid state hard drives.
AutoCAD web app - Create, edit, and view CAD drawings from any device through the browser.
AutoCAD mobile app - Create, edit, and view CAD drawings on your mobile device.
Save to web and mobile - Save drawings from your desktop to view and edit on the AutoCAD web and mobile apps, Xrefs included.
Shared views - Publish design views of your drawing in a web browser for viewing and commenting.
2D drafting, drawing, and annotation
Text settings - Create single or multiline text (mtext) as a single text object. Format the text, columns, and boundaries.
Dimensions - Create dimensions automatically. Pass the cursor over selected objects to get a preview before you create it.
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.
Tables - Create tables with data and symbols in rows and columns, apply formulas, and link to a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.
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.
Express tools - Extend the power of AutoCAD with a collection of productivity tools.
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.
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 references - Attach DWG files to your current drawing as externally referenced files.
Image references - Attach image files to your current drawing as externally referenced files.
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
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.
Multi-user (network) license sharing - Pool licenses on a server to reduce costs when not all licenses are in use at the same time.
System variable monitor - Monitor current system variables against a preferred list of values. Notification balloons alert you of 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.
Autodesk desktop app - Get alerts and install software updates without disrupting your workflow. View tutorials about new features.
System requirements for AutoCAD 2020 including Specialized Toolsets
Supported Operating Systems
Microsoft® Windows® 7 SP1 with Update KB4019990 (64-bit only)
Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Update KB2919355 (64-bit only)
Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit only) (version 1803 or higher)
Google Chrome™ (for AutoCAD web app)
2.5-2.9 GHz processor
3+ GHz processor
Supported by the application
Deployment via Deployment Wizard.
The license server and all workstations that will run applications dependent on network licensing must run TCP/IP protocol.
Either Microsoft® or Novell TCP/IP protocol stacks are acceptable. Primary login on workstations may be Netware or Windows.
In addition to operating systems supported for the application, the license server will run on the Windows Server® 2016, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2 editions.
1920x1080 with True Color
High Resolution & 4K Displays:
Resolutions up to 3840x2160 supported on Windows 10, 64 bit systems (with capable display card)
1 GB GPU with 29 GB/s Bandwidth and DirectX11 compliant
4 GB GPU with 106 GB/s Bandwidth and DirectX11 compliant
System requirements for AutoCAD for Mac 2019
Apple® macOS® Mojave v10.14 or later; High Sierra v10.13 or later; Apple macOS Sierra v10.12 or later
Apple Mac Pro® 4,1 or later; MacBook Pro® 5,1 or later; iMac® 8.1 or later; Mac mini® 3.1 or later; MacBook Air® 2.1 or later; MacBook® 5.1 or later
64-bit Intel CPU (Intel Core Duo CPU, 2 GHz or faster recommended)
3 GB of RAM (4 GB or above recommended)
1280 x 800 display with true color (2880 x 1800 with Retina Display recommended)
3 GB free disk space for download and installation
Apple® Mouse, Apple Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad, MacBook® Pro trackpad, or Microsoft-compliant mouse.
Mac OS X-compliant printer
Download and installation from DVD
Apple Safari® 5.0 or later
All Mac OS X supported language operating systems
Additional requirements for large datasets, point clouds, and 3D modeling
8 GB RAM or more
6 GB free hard disk available not including installation requirements
1920x1080 or greater True color video display adapter; 128 MB VRAM or greater, Pixel Shader 3.0 or greater, Direct3D® 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.
English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Czech, Polish, Hungarian, Russian
File format changes
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