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Autodesk AutoCAD
Autodesk AutoCAD

Software for 2D and 3D CAD.

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

autocad 2d documentationComprehensive 2D documentation

Produce 2D documentation and drawings with a comprehensive set of drawing, editing, and annotation tools.


autodesk autocad 3d designInnovative 3D design

Create and communicate almost any design with 3D modeling and visualization tools.


autocad personalized experiencePersonalized experience

Customize AutoCAD to help increase productivity and enforce CAD standards.


autocad connected collaborationConnected collaboration

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.

Blocks palette
Insert blocks efficiently from a most recently used list with visual galleries.

Quick measure
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.

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

Performance improvements
Experience improvements in speed with faster save time and 50% faster install time for solid state hard drives.

More Features

Extended Workflows

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

Multiple processors

  • 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.




  • 8 GB


  • 16 GB

Display resolution

Conventional Displays:

  • 1920×1080 with True Color

High Resolution & 4K Displays:

  • Resolutions up to 3840×2160 supported on Windows 10, 64 bit systems (with capable display card)

Disk space

  • 6.0 GB

Pointing device

  • MS-Mouse compliant

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 2020

Operating System

  • Apple® macOS® Mojave v10.14.0 or later; High Sierra v10.13.0 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

CPU Type

  • 64-bit Intel CPU (Intel Core Duo CPU, 2 GHz or faster recommended)


  • 4 GB of RAM (8 GB or above recommended)

Display Resolution

  • 1280 x 800 display with true color (2880 x 1800 with Retina Display recommended)

Disk Space

  • 3 GB free disk space for download and installation

Pointing Device

  • Apple® Mouse, Apple Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad, MacBook® Pro trackpad, or Microsoft-compliant mouse.


  • Apple Safari® 5.0 or later
  • Google Chrome™ (for AutoCAD Web)

OS Language

  • 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
  • 1920×1080 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

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

Toolset Additional Requirements
Plant 3D
  • Disk Space: 8GB
  • .NET Framework Version 4.7.2
  • MS SQL Server (Express, Standard, or Enterprise edition) 2008 SP1 or newer
Map 3D
  • Disk Space: 16GB
  • Memory: 16GB
  • Database & FDO Requirements (see below)
Architecture Disk Space: 10GB
Mechanical No additional requirements
Electrical Disk Space: 12GB
MEP Disk Space: 12GB
Raster Design No Additional Requirements

Map 3D Additional Requirements

FDO Provider Requirements
FDO Provider Certified With Notes
Microsoft SQL Server Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Standard and Enterprise Editions
Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Standard and Enterprise Editions
Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Standard and Enterprise Editions
Industry Models also support the versions of Microsoft SQL Server listed on the left.
Oracle 11g Release 2 Oracle
Oracle Express, Standard, and Enterprise Editions
Industry Models support Standard and Enterprise Editions of this Oracle version
Oracle 12c Release 1 Oracle
Standard Edition and Enterprise Edition
Industry Models support Standard and Enterprise Editions of this Oracle version
Oracle 12c Release 2 Oracle
Standard Edition and Enterprise Edition
Industry Models support Standard and Enterprise Editions of this Oracle version
Autodesk SDF 3.0
ESRI ArcSDE ArcSDE 10.2 This Provider requires ESRI licensed components to be installed on client system. Required components depend
on the type of connection (SDE Serviceor Direct Connect)
ESRI ArcGIS ArcGIS® 10.6.1
ArcGIS 10.5
ArcGIS 10.4
This Provider requires ESRI licensed components to be installed on client system.
MySQL 8.0
ODBC The FDO ODBC provider has been tested with corresponding versions of ODBC drivers that are shipped with the relevant supported operating systems version.
SQLite SQLite 3.6
PostgresSQL PostgreSQL 9.5 + PostGIS 2.2


ODBC Drivers Tested Versions
Microsoft® Access® Driver (*.mdb, *.accdb) Microsoft Access database engine 2016 (English) 16.00.4513.1000
Microsoft® Excel® Driver (*.xls, *xlsx, *.xlsm, *.xlsb) Microsoft Access database engine 2016 (English) 16.00.4513.1000
MySQL® ODBC 5.3 Driver
SQL Server® 10.00.14393
Oracle® in OraClient12Home1


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