Files with dxf extension can be typically found as 2D CAD drawings saved in the Drawing Exchange Format, a common format for exchange of engineering drawings.

There is one other file type using
the DXF file extension!

dxf icon.dxf - Micrografx Picture Publisher special effect file

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Software that open dxf file

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DXF file extension - AutoCAD DXF Drawing Exchange Format

What is dxf file? How to open dxf files?

File type specification:

3d graphics, CAD-CAM-CAE file type icon 3d graphics, CAD-CAM-CAE file type

dxf file icon: dxf filetype icon

File extension dxf is used for Drawing Exchange Format developed by Autodesk in an effort to create a stable exchange format between AutoCAD and other CAD software, first released in 1982. Autodesk published the DXF specifications for DXF dating from AutoCAD Release 13 to AutoCAD 2012.

DXF (Drawing Exchange Format) drawing files from virtually any CAD system. An exchange format for CAD files. A format for storing vector data in ASCII or binary files; used by AutoCAD and other CAD software and convertible to ARC/INFO coverages.

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Updated: November 9, 2023

The default software associated to open dxf file:

AutoCAD icon

Autodesk, Inc. logoAutoCAD  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Autodesk, Inc.

A CAD designing software with the powerful, flexible features. It is a CAD development platform that provides tools to build custom AutoCAD-based software products for specific markets. The default file formats using by AutoCAD are: DWG and DXF.

DWG TrueView icon

Autodesk, Inc. logoDWG TrueView  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Autodesk, Inc.

DWG TrueView is DWG and DXF viewer with DWG TrueConvert software included. It is used the same viewing engine as AutoCAD.

AutoCAD for Mac icon

Autodesk, Inc. logoAutoCAD for Mac  Apple macOS / Mac OS X software

Company or developer:
Autodesk, Inc.

AutoCAD for Mac software—it’s AutoCAD, for the Mac, bringing robust 3D free-form design tools and powerful drafting capabilities to your platform of choice. It takes full advantage of the macOS platform, with an intuitive, graphical user interface that makes it easy to bring your ideas to life.

Help how to open:

DXF is a CAD interchange format, which means all modern CAD programs are able to open it.

How to convert:

All modern CAD programs are able to import or open the .dxf and export or save them to their or another file format.

Find conversions from dxf file:

dxf to cdr

dxf to nc

dxf to obj

dxf to skp

dxf to step

dxf to stl

dxf to tap

Find converter to dxf file type:

cdr to dxf

ncz to dxf

skp to dxf

sldprt to dxf

step to dxf

stp to dxf

txt to dxf

List of software applications associated to the .dxf file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android etc.)
and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open dxf file, edit dxf file, convert dxf file, view dxf file, play dxf file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting dxf files.

Software that open dxf file - AutoCAD DXF Drawing Exchange Format

Programs supporting the exension dxf on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open dxf file action.

Apple macOS / Mac OS X:

Main software associated with dxf file by default:
AutoCAD for Mac small icon AutoCAD for Mac
Other suggested software:
AutoCAD WS for Mac small icon AutoCAD WS for Mac
AutoQ3D for Mac small icon AutoQ3D for Mac
Afanche 3D Viewer for Mac
CAD.Plus small icon CAD.Plus

Apple iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch devices):

Google Android:

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