.DWG File Extension

File Type:
AutoCAD Drawing Database File

Having trouble opening .dwg extension? Don't panic! This page explains what dwg files are as well as suggests programs you may use to open dwg files. You can download these programs through this page.

What is a DWG file?

Dwg file extension has AutoCAD Drawing Database file type, developed by Autodesk, which is associated with the "cad files" category.

Associated with AutoCAD, the file stores both vector image data and metadata, specifying the file’s contents. It is quite similar to the .DXF file.

To learn how you can open the given file, read the information below.

dwg file icon
File Type:
AutoCAD Drawing Database File
CAD Files

How to open DWG file?

Double click the dwg file to open it. The file will open automatically if file associations have been correctly installed and there is a proper program on your computer; if not, file associations may be corrupted and your OS either cannot find the proper program, or you might not have one for opening the file. First, we recommend downloading our utility to fix file association errors; then, you can download any program for opening the .dwg extension from the ones suggested below. If you are certain there is nothing wrong with the file associations, you may proceed to method 2 right away; besides, if you can't make up your mind when choosing the right program, use Universal File Viewer from the last method.

Method 1: Fix file association errors

Follow these steps in order to automatically fix the dwg extension associations' problem in no time:

  • Step 1: Click on "Download Solution" to download automatic tool provided by WikiExt.
  • Step 2: Click "Start Scan" to identify all potential issues.
  • Step 3: Review scan results and click "Fix Items".

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Method 2: Download the appropriate software

The given list provides programs which may be used for opening or converting the dwg file. Choose the proper program for your OS, and click it to start the download or proceed to the developer's website.

Programs that open DWG files

Method 3: Use universal file viewer

In addition to the list of programs above, we recommend using Universal File Viewer. This tool can open over 250 file extensions and, most likely, it will be able to open the dwg file as well. Download Universal File Viewer for your OS.

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