Autodesk AutoCAD: Design and drafting software trusted by millions

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Why use AutoCAD?

Accelerate your creativity

Use features that unlock insights and automations with the help of Autodesk AI.

Experience true flexibility 

Build, customise and run discipline-specific routines for productive workflows.

Connect your teams 

Collaborate on the web and mobile to capture, share and review ideas on the go.

Extend functionality with seven toolsets 

AutoCAD includes toolsets designed to save you time with enhanced features and intelligent objects. Increase productivity by 63% on average for tasks completed using one of seven toolsets.*

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Productivity data based on a series of studies commissioned by Autodesk to an outside consultant. The seven toolset studies compared basic AutoCAD to the specialized toolsets within AutoCAD when performing tasks commonly done by experienced AutoCAD users. Overall productivity gain calculation based on adding the completion times of specific tasks in the toolset and also in basic AutoCAD and then calculating the percent difference between the two totals across seven studies. As with all performance tests, results may vary based on the machine, operating system, filters and even source material. While every effort has been made to make the tests as fair and objective as possible, 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, either express or implied.

What you can do with Autodesk AutoCAD

Unlock efficient workflows 

AutoCAD enhances your 2D and 3D design experience by giving you the tools to unlock insights and automations with the help of Autodesk AI.

Design and collaborate with flexibility 

Work the way you want. Stay connected to projects with one AutoCAD experience on desktop, web and mobile to capture, share and review ideas on the go.

Manage design data across projects

Reliably streamline document review and approval workflows with Autodesk Docs, our cloud-based document management and common data environment available in the AEC Collection.

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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 modelling 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 Autodesk AutoCAD?

Autodesk AutoCAD is used by students, architects, designers, engineers, project managers, property 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 of the features of AutoCAD LT, plus additional features to benefit productivity such as 3D modelling and automation of repetitive processes. AutoCAD also lets you customise 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.

What operating systems does Autodesk AutoCAD software run on?  

AutoCAD can run on Microsoft® Windows® and Apple® macOS®. See AutoCAD system requirements (US site) for details.

Every Autodesk AutoCAD subscription includes AutoCAD on the web and mobile. AutoCAD on mobile can run on iOS, Android and Windows. See AutoCAD on mobile system requirements for version details. Autodesk AutoCAD on the web is supported by 64-bit Google Chrome, 64-bit Mozilla Firefox and 64-bit Microsoft Edge on Windows or Mac. See AutoCAD on web system requirements for version details.

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 download AutoCAD?

Autodesk provides download and installation instructions for individuals and administrators. Your available downloads appear in Autodesk Account. Find your product, select a version, platform, language and download method. For more information, visit the Autodesk Knowledge Network.

Which versions of AutoCAD can I use if I subscribe to the current version?

Your AutoCAD subscription gives you access to install and use the three previous versions of AutoCAD. Available downloads are listed in your Autodesk Account after subscribing. See also previous releases available for subscribers.

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 Licence Agreement (US site) for more information.

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 that you used to sign in to your trial. Learn more about converting a trial to a paid subscription.

How much does an AutoCAD subscription cost?

The price of an annual AutoCAD subscription is  and the price of a monthly AutoCAD subscription is . The price of a 3-year AutoCAD subscription is . If you have infrequent users and are interested in a pay-as-you-go option, please visit www.autodesk.co.uk/flex to learn more.

Does AutoCAD run on Mac?

AutoCAD runs on Apple® macOS® and Microsoft® Windows®. AutoCAD for macOS runs natively on Apple silicon. It supports the M-series chips including M1 and M2. See AutoCAD system requirements (US Site) for more details.

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