How to open CAD DWG/DXF file without AutoCAD program

Did someone email you a CAD DWG/DXF file and you’re not sure how to open it? Or do you want to open CAD DWG and DXF file without AutoCAD program but do not how? If so, you can have a try of VeryPDF AutoCAD to PDF Converter which can convert DWG to PDF, and DXF to PDF without AutoCAD.


CAD (Computer Aided Design) is widely used by architects, engineers, drafters, artists, etc. to design and create two-dimensional (2-D) drawings, three-dimensional (3-D) models, mechanical components, technical illustrations, etc. DWG (DraWinG) is a vector image format created by 2D or 3D AutoCAD drawing program for storing two and three dimensional design data and metadata. DXF(Drawing eXchange Format) is a computer-aided design (CAD) data file format for data interoperability between AutoCAD program and other applications.

If you have AutoCAD program on your system, opening CAD DWG and DXF files is a piece of cake. If you don't have the AutoCAD program, the application VeryPDF AutoCAD to PDF Converter will be a good assistant for you. It’s able to convert CAD DWG and DXF files to PDF files.

How to convert DWG/DXF to PDF?

Step 1. Download and install

Please download the installer of VeryPDF AutoCAD to PDF Converter first. Then, please double click the installer and follow the setup instructions to install it on the computer.

Step 2. Add DWG/DXF

After opening the software, there are three ways to add DWG/DXF files into the application.

  • Click the Add File(s) button in the bottom toolbar and double click the DWG/DXF files you want to add in the opened file picker window.
  • Click "File(F)" on the menu bar, select " Add Files…" or “Add Directory…”, and then double click DWG/DXF files in the opened file picker window.
  • Directly drag and drop DWG/DXF files into the application.

Please see it in the following snapshot.

convert DWG to PDF, and DXF to PDF with VeryPDF AutoCAD to PDF Converter

Step 3.Make settings

Before the conversion, you can click the Setting button at bottom of the main interface to open the “setting” interface in which you can set PDF information, page size, page orientation, etc. for the created PDF. After the settings, please do not forget to click the OK button to apply the settings.

Step 4. Create PDF

To start the conversion, please click the Make PDF button in the bottom toolbar. In the popup “Save As” saving window, please specify an output folder and name for the created PDF.

Several seconds later, you can see the PDF in the output location.

Please see the effect in the following snapshots.

Input CAD DWG file
Input DWG file

Output PDF file
Output PDF file

This is the end of this article and you can get full version of VeryPDF AutoCAD to PDF Converter here.

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