Browsing through the folders on your PC, did you come across a DWG file that you don't know how to open? Don't worry, if you want, I'll be here to help you. DWG files are databases which contain 2D / 3D designs, maps, photos and geometric data created with AutoCAD or other design software used by engineers, architects and other professionals.
As easily understood, AutoCAD is a paid software and it is also quite expensive (at least from the point of view of those who do not have to use it to work on it every day). Don't worry, though view DWG files you can resort to alternative solutions that can be downloaded for free from the Internet: all in a completely legal way.
So, what do you say, would you like to know more? If your answer is yes, take five minutes of free time and keep reading: below are some software for open DWG on Windows and macOS that are just waiting to be downloaded and tried. I bet you will be amazed by their potential and their extreme ease of use.
How to Open DWG on Windows
If you have a Windows PC I highly recommend you to use DWG TrueView, a free application made by the same manufacturer of AutoCAD that allows you to view files in DWG format without having to install expensive professional software.
To download DWG TrueView on your PC, connected to the program's website, select the item 32-bit o 64-bit from the drop-down menu located in the center of the page (depending on whether you are using a 32 or 64-bit operating system) and click on the button Download DWG TrueView.
When the download is complete, double click on it to open the file you just downloaded (eg. DWGTrueView_2017_Enu_64bit_v2.sfx.exe) and, in the window that opens, click on the button OK. Wait for all the files necessary for the installation of TrueView to be extracted and press on Yes to start the actual program setup. If you are asked to restart your PC, accept.
At this point, click on your button Install on this computer found in the window that opens, accept the conditions of use of the application by placing the check mark next to the item I Accept click her cousin Next and then install e Finish to finish the installation process of DWG TrueView (and all the software components necessary for its operation).
You are now ready to view the DWG files. Then start DWG TrueView using its icon on the desktop and, in the window that opens, click on the icon folder located at the top left to select the DWG file to open. A few seconds of patience and your "mysterious document" will be displayed in all its glory. Happy?
How to Open DWG on Mac
I use a Poppy? Don't worry, you can open DWG files using the free eDrawings Viewer application that you can download directly from its official website by clicking on the item Download Free eDrawings Viewer for Mac.
When the download is complete, open the file by double clicking on it dmg just downloaded and drag the eDrawings Viewer icon into the folder Applications of macOS. Next, right click on the program icon and select the item apri from the menu that appears to start it.
How to Open DWG Online
Do you want to open a DWG file without installing any software on your PC? You can do this too! Thanks to Autodesk's A360 Viewer online service, you can click an e button open DWG directly from your browser without using external software and without registering.
To test the potential of this excellent service, connect to its home page and click on the button Upload your design. Then drag the DWG file you want to view in your browser window, click on the button No more files and wait for the upload to finish.
Autodesk A360 Viewer is compatible with all major web browsers and does not require special programs or plugins to function. You can use it even if you don't have Flash Player or Java installed on your PC.
How to Open DWG on Smartphones and Tablets
In conclusion, I would like to point out that you can also view DWG files directly from your smartphone or tablet. How? By installing the free application AutoCAD 360 which is available for both Android terminals and for iPhone and iPad.
The app is free to download and use, but its Pro features are only accessible for a 30-day trial period. Pro features include the ability to create new designs, support for large files, and more storage capacity.
To download AutoCAD 360 on your phone or tablet, open the Android or iOS store, search for the application and start the download by pressing the appropriate buttons.
When the operation is completed, start AutoCAD 360 and create a free account on the online platform of the same name by filling out the form that is proposed to you. Once logged in, press the button OK and select the DWG file to open.
To open a DWG file within the app, use the button (+) which is located at the bottom right and choose whether to upload a local document, a file from a service of cloud storage (es. Dropbox) or se create a new file (Pro function). Then wait for the project to load and that's it!