10 Best Free DWG Viewer you should know

DWG is a popular format used by most professional drafting software like Autocad. DWG files are mainly used by architects, and engineers to design several elements. In this article, we’ve listed 10 best free DWG Viewer you should know. All these DWG viewers are completely free and work well. However, some of this software is only available in a trial version for free and should be purchased afterward to be accessed.

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What is a DWG file?

DWG stands for DraWinG. DWG files contain designs, photos, and maps. It is the proprietary file format of AutoCAD that contains all the geometrical and metadata. It is the native format of most CAD applications, especially AutoCAD.

10 Best Free DWG Viewer

Here are the 10 best free DWG viewer you should know.

01. Double CAD XT

 Best Free DWG Viewer

DoubleCAD XT is a free full-featured 2.5D CAD software that has the capability to handle all design and detailing needs. It is free to use for personal, educational, or commercial use. DoubleCAD XT is an excellent multi-format Drawing Viewer capable with full editing and markup. You can use the program to load DWG, DXF, PLT and SketchUp files which allow you to import your projects from other applications.

02. Autodesk DWG TrueView

 Best Free DWG Viewer

Autodesk DWG Trueview allows you to view DWG files. The program includes DWG TrueConvert software, which allows you to convert newer DWG files to work with older versions of AutoCAD. Also, Autodesk DWG Trueview has DXF Support for AutoCAD program. It also supports digital signatures like DWG password protection, and the Drawing Size supports full DWG compression.

03. Bentley View

 Best Free DWG Viewer

Bentley View is a comprehensive software application that you can use to view and print DWG drawings. You can use Bentley View as a free CAD viewer with tools to search for objects, measure distances and areas accurately. The GUI is professional looking and intuitive. Drawings can be loaded into the workspace using the file browser. Using Bentley View, you can browse for items, projects, and manage rasters. You can also adjust the drawing scale using this software.

04. QCAD

 Best Free DWG Viewer

QCAD is a free DWG viewer application for computer aided drafting in two dimensions. With QCAD you can create technical drawings such as plans for buildings, interiors, mechanical parts or schematics and diagrams. Also, QCAD works on Windows, macOS, and Linux. The source code of QCAD is released under the GPL version 3. Also, QCAD is very easy to use and a professional CAD program.

05. Autodesk Design Review

 Best Free DWG Viewer

Design Review CAD viewer software helps you to view, mark up, print DWG files for free. It also supports many other file types including DWF, DWFx, DXF, and Adobe PDF. You can add comments, track status, and drag and drop information from CAD files, project timelines. The Design Review toolbar now includes shortcuts to A360, BIM 360, and AutoCAD 360.

06. eDrawings Viewer

 Best Free DWG Viewer

EDrawings Viewer is a free and handy CAD viewer application which helps you to view designs or drawings made by any CAD tool. By using EDrawings Viewer, you can print DWG and AutoCAD DXF files. It will also support file formats such as BMP, TIFF etc. eDrawings Viewer delivers the premier 3D viewing tool for the non-CAD professionals. This program is available for Windows, Mac and Mobile devices for true cross-platform design.

07. Mini CAD Viewer

 Best Free DWG Viewer

Mini CAD Viewer is a free and handy AutoCAD viewer software which help you can to view and open AutoCAD files. It allows you to move and zoom drawing view. Mini CAD Viewer’s thumbnail view allows users to quickly perform a search on task folders. It is a lightweight software. It supports DWG, DWF, DXF file formats and to print those files.

08. Open Text Brava! DWG Viewer

 Best Free DWG Viewer

Open Text Brava DWG Viewer is a free DWG viewer software which helps you to view DWF, DXF, DWG and CSF files without installing AutoCAD or any other CAD software. It can run as a desktop application in Windows or as an ActiveX control in Internet Explorer. By using DWG Viewer, you can magnify, mirror, rotate, zoom and pan images. It is a freeware version of the developer’s Brava program.

09. Varicad Viewer

 Best Free DWG Viewer

Varicad Viewer is a free DWG viewer software based on VairCAD.  This program is a viewer, converter and printing software working with 2D DWG, DXF, 3D STEP, and 2D and 3D VariCAD file formats. Also, VariCAD viewer allows you to convert DWG to DXF and vice versa. You can view any part of a geometrical shape, rotate the view around the axis, enable precise rendering mode.

10. DraftSight

 Best Free DWG Viewer

DraftSight free CAD viewer helps you to edit, make, and view DWG, DXF and DWF files easily. Apart from viewing the DXF and DWF files, you can also build various plans and designs by using this freeware. You can also export the projects to various formats such as PNG, PDF, and JPG etc using DraftSight.

Other Autocad Formats

There are several different CAD file formats that can hold 3D or 2D data. Here


Autodesk also developed the Design Web Format to facilitate distribution and communication of AutoCAD data in large engineering and design projects that seek to restrict access to intellectual property. DWF are popular because they can be given to inspectors who have no knowledge of the format or CAD programs.

Also, some of above listed programs support the Design Web Format.


Drawing Exchange Format was designed to enable the interoperability of AutoCAD files with third-party software. However, as this format does not cover the entire feature set of AutoCAD, it is less useful than the DWG format.


DRF stands for Discreet Render Format. These files are made from the VIZ Render application that comes bundled with some older versions of AutoCAD.  Additionally, users can only open and view the content of these DRF files with the Autodesk 3ds Max 2013 software


PAT file extension are vector-based, plain text Hatch Pattern files used for storing image data for creating patterns and textures.

Muhsin Yakkiparamban

Muhsin Yakkiparamban is the co-founder of Lauyou Learning. Muhsin holds Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering from KMCT Calicut.

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