From designing to aligning

Design in 2D, model in 3D, make edits on-the-go. No matter who you are or what you do, AutoCAD has you covered from start to finish.

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Meet the AutoCAD family

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Trusted by millions. Built to accelerate creativity.

  • Unlock insights and automations that optimize your 2D and 3D design workflows.
  • Share ideas and collaborate with your peers on DWG files
  • Access specialized toolsets with industry-specific features


Best-in-class 2D design and drafting software.

  • Create DWG files with precision 2D drafting and collaboration tools
  • Work efficiently with the latest automation features, or use your own with AutoLISP
  • Collaborate with your peers securely with intuitive tools and interface.


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AutoCAD Web

A trusted solution for your essential design needs.·      

  • Familiar AutoCAD drafting tools online in a simplified interface
  •  Access and update DWG™ files from anywhere
  •  Quickly collaborate with AutoCAD users on a design directly from a job site


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Choose the right AutoCAD for you


2D and 3D CAD software including specialized toolsets to draft, engineer, and automate designs




Cost-effective 2D design with automation to expedite drafting.



AutoCAD Web

A trusted solution with core AutoCAD commands for light editing and designs.



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What sets AutoCAD apart?

AutoCAD is best-in-class 2D and 3D drafting and design software, trusted by millions of users worldwide.  No alternative CAD software has as many options to improve your team's workflows. Here are six reasons to choose AutoCAD.

1. Draft and design in 2D and 3D

AutoCAD is loaded with design, automation, and machine-learning features to help power your team's creativity.

2. Access to support

Your AutoCAD subscription includes a range of free technical and learning support options.

3. Best-in-class exchange with DWG

Autodesk has TrustedDWG® technology to ensure your DWGs are maintained to the highest standards for fidelity and compatibility.

4. Productivity gains with included toolsets

AutoCAD includes seven industry-specific toolsets with time-saving features and intelligent objects.

5. Customize and automate AutoCAD

Develop your own apps or choose from thousands in the Autodesk App Store.

6. Collaborate from anywhere

AutoCAD provides connected design experience on the web and mobile, and through extensive cloud storage partnerships.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

What is AutoCAD used for?

AutoCAD is computer-aided design (CAD) software that is used for precise 2D and 3D drafting, design, and modeling with solids, surfaces, mesh objects, documentation features, and more. It includes features to automate tasks and increase productivity such as comparing drawings, counting, adding objects, and creating tables. It also comes with seven industry-specific toolsets for electrical design, plant design, architecture layout drawings, mechanical design, 3D mapping, adding scanned images, and converting raster images. AutoCAD enables users to create, edit, and annotate drawings via desktop, web, and mobile devices.

Who uses AutoCAD?

AutoCAD is used by students, architects, designers, engineers, project managers, real estate developers, and construction professionals to create precise 2D and 3D drawings.

What is the difference between AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT?

AutoCAD LT is powerful 2D CAD software used for precision drafting and documentation. AutoCAD includes all the features of AutoCAD LT, plus additional features to benefit productivity such as 3D modeling and automation of repetitive processes. AutoCAD also lets you customize the user interface with APIs and add-on apps. With AutoCAD, users are able work more efficiently with seven industry-specific toolsets to enhance automation and productivity for tasks in architecture, mechanical design, electrical design, plant design, plumbing, converting raster images, geographic information systems, and 3D mapping

Can I use AutoCAD for free?

Yes. Students and educators can get free one-year educational access to Autodesk products and services, renewable for as long as you remain eligible. Learn more (US Site)

How do I convert my AutoCAD free trial to a paid subscription?

Launch your trial software and click Subscribe Now on the trial screen or buy AutoCAD here. When buying your subscription, enter the same email address and password combination you used to sign in to your trial. Learn more about converting a trial to a paid subscription.

Can I install Autodesk AutoCAD on multiple computers?

With a subscription to Autodesk AutoCAD software, you can install it on up to three computers or other devices. However, only the named user can sign in and use that software on a single computer at any given time. Please refer to the Software License Agreement (US Site) for more information.

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Benefits of buying AutoCAD direct from Autodesk

When you buy direct from Autodesk, you get the best value and terms we have to offer. Order online or place a purchase order by phone at 1-844-842-1674.


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Legal terms and conditions

*AutoCAD is 1.8x faster overall than BricsCAD across common 2D workflows. Benchmark testing was conducted in 2022-2023 by a third-party consultant, AMCBridge, commissioned by Autodesk. The result reflected aggregated and overall performance differences in completing common 2D CAD tasks in AutoCAD 2023.1.1 and BricsCAD Pro 22.1.05. The third-party performed the comparison with the same materials and same hardware that meets the minimum requirements of both software. With all performance tests, results may vary based on machine, operating system, filters, source material, and other variables, and your results may differ. Product information and specifications are subject to change without notice. Autodesk provides this information “as is”, without warranty of any kind.


Autodesk, the Autodesk logo, AutoCAD and DWG are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders. Autodesk reserves the right to alter product and services offerings, and specifications and pricing at any time without notice, and is not responsible for typographical or graphical errors that may appear in this document.