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Autodesk AutoCAD

Software for 2D and 3D CAD

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

Smart Blocks

Automatically place blocks based on previous placements or quickly find and replace existing blocks

My Insights

Complete your projects faster with helpful tips and features from My Insights

Floating windows

Display drawing windows side by side or on multiple monitors within the same instance of AutoCAD

Activity Insights

Keep informed of recent changes to a shared DWG through an activity log

Drawing History

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.
  • Application Programming Interface (API) – Control drawings and databases with ActiveX, VBS, AutoLisp, Visual LISP, ObjectARX, JavaScript, and .NET.
  • Autodesk App Store – Customize your software with Autodesk-approved extensions.



System requirements for AutoCAD 2024 including Specialized Toolsets (Windows)

Operating System

  • 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.
  • Recommended: 3+ GHz processor (base), 4+ GHz (turbo)


  • Basic: 8 GB
    Recommended: 32 GB

Display Resolution Conventional Displays:

  • 1920 x 1080 with True Color

High Resolution & 4K Displays:

  • Resolutions up to 3840 x 2160 (with “Recommended” display card)

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.

Disk Space

  • 10.0 GB (suggested SSD)


Pointing Device

  • MS-Mouse compliant

.NET Framework

  • .NET Framework version 4.8 or later

System requirements for AutoCAD 2024 for Mac

Operating System

  • Apple® macOS® Ventura v13
  • Apple macOS Monterey v12
  • Apple macOS Big Sur v11


  • Apple Mac® computers compatible with macOS Big Sur or above
  • Recommended: Apple Mac models supporting Metal Graphics Engine

CPU Type

  • 64-bit Intel CPU
  • Apple M series CPU


  • Basic: 4GB
  • Recommended: 8GB or higher

Display Resolution

  • Basic: 1280 x 800 display
  • High Resolution: 2880 x 1800 with Retina Display

Disk Space

  • 6 GB free disk space for download and installation

Pointing Device

  • Apple-compliant Mouse, Apple-compliant Trackpad, Microsoft-compliant mouse

Display Card

  • Recommended: Mac native installed graphics cards

Disk Format

  • 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.


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

DXF support
AutoCAD R12, AutoCAD 2000, AutoCAD 2004, AutoCAD 2007, AutoCAD 2010, AutoCAD 2013, AutoCAD 2018

Binary vs. source

  • ARX: Yes
  • LISP: Yes
  • .net: Yes
  • Javascript: Yes

Script compatibility

Security (DWG)
Supports digital signatures.

Drawing size support
Full DWG compression

Object interoperability (non-ACAD object model)
New objects may require new enablers.

.NET Framework
.NET Framework Version 4.7

*DirectX11 recommended by supported OS

Specialized Toolsets

ToolsetAdditional Requirements
Plant 3D
  • Disk Space: 12GB
  • Memory (recommended for 3D modeling): 32GB
Map 3D
  • Disk Space: 20GB
  • Memory: 16GB
  • Database & FDO Requirements (see below)
  • Disk Space: 20GB
  • Memory: 16GB
  • Disk Space: 12GB
  • Disk Space: 20GB
  • Microsoft Access Database Engine 2016 Redistributable (x64) (16.0.5044.1000) or later, unless Microsoft Office 2016 (x64) or later is already installed.
  • Disk Space: 21GB
  • Memory: 16GB
Raster Design
  • Disk Space: 1GB

Map 3D Additional Requirements

FDO Provider Requirements
FDO ProviderCertified WithNotes
Microsoft SQL ServerMicrosoft SQL Server 2017 Standard and Enterprise Editions
Microsoft SQL Server 2019Standard and Enterprise Editions
Industry Models also support the versions of Microsoft SQL Server listed on the left.
Oracle 12c Release 2Oracle
Standard Edition and Enterprise Edition 2
Industry Models support the same Oracle versions as listed on the left.
Oracle 19c Release 1Oracle 19.3
Enterprise Edition and Standard Edition 2
Industry Models support the same Oracle versions as listed on the left.
Oracle 21c Release 2Oracle 21.3
Enterprise Edition and Standard Edition 2
Industry Models support the same Oracle versions as listed on the left.
Autodesk SDF3.0
ESRI ArcSDEArcSDE 10.2This Provider requires ESRI licensed components to be installed on client system. Required components depend
on the type of connection (SDE Serviceor Direct Connect)
ESRI ArcGISArcGIS® 10.8.1
ArcGIS 10.7.1
ArcGIS 10.6.1
This Provider requires ESRI licensed components (ArcGIS Engine/ArcGIS Desktop) to be installed on Map 3D installed system.
ODBCThe FDO ODBC provider has been tested with corresponding versions of ODBC drivers that are shipped with the relevant supported operating systems version.
SQLiteSQLite 3.27.2
PostgresSQLPostgreSQL 13.9 + PostGIS 3.0


ODBC DriversTested Versions
Microsoft® Access® Driver (*.mdb, *.accdb)Microsoft Access database engine 2016 (English) 16.00.4999.1000
Microsoft® Excel® Driver (*.xls, *xlsx, *.xlsm, *.xlsb)Microsoft Access database engine 2016 (English) 16.00.4999.1000
MySQL® ODBC 8.0 Driver8.00.13.00
SQL Server®10.00.22000.01
Oracle® in OraClient21Home121.00.00.00


What’s new in AutoCAD 2024

Activity Insights

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.)

Web Functionality

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.

Quick measure

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.

Purge redesign

Remove multiple unneeded objects at once with easy selection and object preview.

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