Glossary - DWG File Format

DWG File Format

Native to AutoCAD, Autodesk’s computer-aided design (CAD) suite, DWG is both a file format and a CAD operating environment. Released in 1982, DWG files are among the most popular and widely utilized CAD file formats among engineers and designers in almost every industry.

DWG files can store 2D and 3D design data and metadata. Besides AutoCAD, DWG files can also be opened in IntelliCAD, Open Design Alliance applications, and Caddie.