AutoCAD

CAD software to design anything, now with time-saving specialized toolsets, web and mobile apps


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What is AutoCAD?

AutoCAD is computer-aided design (CAD) software that architects, engineers, and construction professionals rely on to create precise 2D and 3D drawings.

  • Draft and edit 2D geometry and 3D models with solids, surfaces, and mesh objects

  • Annotate drawings with text, dimensions, leaders, and tables

  • Customize with add-on apps and APIs

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Work anywhere with included mobile, web apps

AutoCAD mobile app
View, edit, annotate and create drawings on the go and in the field from a mobile device.

AutoCAD web app
With no install required, simply log in to view, edit, annotate, and create drawings quickly in your local web browser.

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Work faster with specialized toolsets

AutoCAD now includes industry-specific features and intelligent objects for architecture, mechanical engineering, electrical design, and more.

  • Automate floor plans, sections, and elevations

  • Draw piping, ducting, and circuiting quickly with parts libraries

  • Auto-generate annotations, layers, schedules, lists, and tables

  • Use a rules-driven workflow to accurately enforce industry standards

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From mechanical design aids to architecture tools to model-based GIS and mapping features, subscribe to AutoCAD software and access industry-specific toolsets, plus web and mobile apps.

AutoCAD Architecture

Adds features for architectural drawing, documentation, and schedules, and for automating drafting tasks.

  • Create floor plans, sections, elevations, and other building design drawings using specialized tools.

  • Additional features include walls, door, and windows.

  • Use 8,000+ intelligent architectural objects and styles to support AIA 2nd edition, BS1192 DIN 276, ISYBAU Long Format, ISYBAU Short Format, and STLB layer standards.

Architectural renovation

Design and produce renovations more quickly.

Walls, doors, and windows

Create documents and drawings using elements with real-world behavior and construction.

Design and documentation

Create with detail components and keynoting tools.

Room documentation

Use the Roombook feature to apply multiple finishes to a surface.

AutoCAD Electrical

Adds electrical design features to help you create, modify, and document electrical controls systems.

  • Create panel layouts, schematic diagrams, and other electrical drawings using specialized tools.

  • Use consistent project standards with drawings organized in a project-based structure.

  • Includes a library of 65,000+ intelligent electrical symbols to support AS, GB, IEC, IEC-60617, JIC, JIS, NFPA, and IEEE standards.

Electrical documentation

Automatic report generation

Generate and update customized reports.

Customer and supplier collaboration

Easily share DWG™ drawings with stakeholders.

Easily manage projects

Use folders to organize drawings and reorder files for electrical drafting projects.

PDF publishing

Publish schematics to multipage PDFs.

Electrical schematic design

Wire numbering, component tagging

Reduce errors with automatic numbers for wires and tags for components.

Circuit design and reuse

Use Circuit Builder for simple electrical design.

Electrical schematic symbol libraries

Select from a rich library of electrical symbols.

Real-time error checking

Catch problems before the build phase begins.

Electrical controls design

Coil and contact cross-referencing

Keep track of parent/child contacts in real time.

PLC I/O drawings from spreadsheets

Define a project's I/O assignments.

Catalog Browser for parts

Enhanced preview and direct component insertion.

Interoperability with Inventor

Integrated mechatronics solution with Inventor.

AutoCAD Mechanical

Adds a library of standards-based parts and tools to help you create, modify, and document mechanical designs for manufacturing.

  • Automate mechanical engineering tasks, such as generating machine components, dimensioning, and creating bills of material.

  • Create parts, assemblies, and other drawings for product design using specialized tools.

  • Use 700,000+ intelligent manufacturing parts, features, and symbols to support ISO, ANSI, DIN, JIS, BSI, CSN, and GB standards.

Layer management

Isolate and restore layer groups and specify linetypes and lineweights.

Hidden lines

Update geometry automatically when changes occur. Minimize manual redraws.

700,000+ standard parts and features

Produce accurate drawings with standard components.

Machinery generators and calculators

Efficiently analyze designs, including shaft, spring, belt, chain, and cam generators.

Document 3D CAD models

Detail native Inventor part and assembly models.

Reusable mechanical drawing detailing tools

Use intelligent drafting tools made for mechanical design.

Custom content library and publishing

Create and save custom content.

Command preview and contextual menus

Preview fillet, chamfer, and offset commands.

AutoCAD mobile app

Take the power of AutoCAD wherever you go.

Smart mechanical engineering dimensions

Create dimensions using abbreviated dialog boxes.

Support for international drafting standards

Deliver standards-based design documentation.

Associative balloons and bills of materials

Create automated part lists and BOMs.

AutoCAD MEP

Adds features to help you draft, design, and document MEP building systems in an AutoCAD environment.

  • Create accurate construction documentation of MEP systems design.

  • Use task-based tools to create MEP drawings for building systems.

  • Use 10,500+ intelligent MEP objects to support AIA 2nd edition, BS1192 Descriptive, and BS1192 – AUG Version 2 standards, and DIN 276, ISYBAU Long Format, ISYBAU Short Format, and STLB layer standards.

MEP workspaces

Workspace environments include individual palettes and domain-specific ribbons to optimize your workflow tasks.

Documentation

Improve your documentation's appearance and boost drafting productivity.

AutoCAD block conversion

Batch-convert single or multiple blocks and symbols.

Styles Browser

Get more MEP components, and add folders to the Content Library.

AutoCAD Map 3D

Incorporate GIS topology with AutoCAD so you can use and maintain CAD and GIS data for planning, design, and data management.

  • Create, maintain, and communicate mapping and GIS information within the AutoCAD drawing environment.

  • Use task-based tools to manage GIS data and aggregate it with design data.

  • Access spatial data stored in files, databases, and web services.

  • Use standard data schema, automated business workflows, and report templates for Electric North America, Electric Europe, Water, Wastewater, and Gas industries.

Surfaces and point cloud tools

Use points and contour data to create models.

Convert data to intelligent industry models

Create and manage intelligent industry models by converting GIS and CAD data.

Analysis tools

Answer questions and make data decisions.

Topographical data

Access topographical data directly from the source.

AutoCAD Plant 3D

Adds features to help you produce P&IDs, and then integrate them into a 3D plant design model.

  • Generate and share isometrics, orthographics, and materials reports.

  • Create schematic diagrams, plant layouts, and other drawings for plant design using specialized tools.

  • Includes a library of 400+ intelligent plant objects such as equipment templates, support templates, and structural members to support 40 standards, including ANSI and DIN.

Cloud-based collaboration

Share projects and invite others to work collaboratively.

Instrumentation support

Place instrumentation directly from the Instrumentation tool palette, and place in the same way as piping components.

Project backups

Easily create a local backup of your project.

Project manager search

Find project design files faster.

Vault improvements

Better integration with Vault data management software.

Isometric improvements

Tools improve the representation of skewed lines in piping isometrics.

3D graphics performance improvements

The toolset makes the most of hardware graphics acceleration for speedier performance.

Simplified workflows

Many project commands are right-clickable in Project Manager. This makes workflows, like editing piping specifications, easier.

P&ID painter

Display lines and components in colors by property value.

Spec-driven P&ID’s

Check for piping specification consistency in P&ID.

Off-page connector improvements in P&ID

Supports data consistency across P&ID for process and instrument lines.

P&ID data validation

The P&ID and the AutoCAD Plant 3D toolset model are tightly integrated.

AutoCAD Raster Design

Adds raster-to-vector tools to help you convert raster images into DWG™ objects. Edit scanned drawings in a familiar AutoCAD environment.

  • Despeckle, bias, mirror, and touch up your images.

  • Use standard AutoCAD commands on raster regions and primitives. Easily erase raster images, lines, arcs, and circles.

  • Create lines and polylines from raster images, and convert raster files into vector drawings.

  • Show and analyze geo-images in Civil 3D civil engineering software and the AutoCAD Map 3D toolset.

Image editing and cleanup

Despeckle, bias, mirror, and touch up your images.

Raster Entity Manipulation (REM)

Use standard AutoCAD commands on raster regions and primitives. Easily erase raster images, lines, arcs, and circles.

Vectorization tools

Create lines and polylines from raster images, and convert raster files into vector drawings.

Image transformation functionality

Show and analyze geo images in Civil 3D civil engineering software and the AutoCAD Map 3D toolset.

What's new in AutoCAD 2019

AutoCAD® 2019 software includes industry-specific toolsets; improved workflows across desktop, web, and mobile; and new features such as DWG™ compare.

New features

DWG compare

Compare and document the differences between 2 versions of a drawing or xref.

Save to web and mobile

Save drawings from your desktop to view and edit on the AutoCAD web and mobile apps.

2D graphics

Enjoy 2X faster zoom, pan, and change draw orders and layer properties.

Shared views

Publish design views of your drawing in a web browser for viewing and commenting.

AutoCAD web app

Create, edit, view, and share CAD drawings from any device through the browser.

AutoCAD mobile app

View, create, edit, and share CAD drawings on your mobile device.

User interface

Experience improved visuals with new flat-design icons and 4K enhancements.

PDF import

Import geometry, including SHX font files, fills raster images, and TrueType text, into a drawing from a PDF.

More features

User interaction

Ribbon

Access your favorite tools—when you need them—with the AutoCAD ribbon.

Tool palettes

Easily access frequently used content and tools with customizable tool palettes.

Command window

Launch commands and respond to prompts via simple keystrokes, right at the command line


Object grips

Easily reshape, move, or manipulate geometry with grip editing.


Workspaces

Save and restore workspaces with customized menus, toolbars, palettes, and ribbons.

Shortcut menus

Display a shortcut menu for quick access to commands that are relevant to your current activity.

Object and layer transparency

Control the transparency for selected objects or for all objects on a layer.


Object selection and isolation

Find and select all objects that match the properties of an object. Hide or unhide the selected objects.

2D drafting, drawing, and annotation

Text settings

Create a single or multiline text (mtext) as a single text object. Format the text, columns, and boundaries.

Dimensions

Create dimensions automatically. Pass the cursor over selected objects to get a preview before you create it.

Leaders

Create leaders with a variety of content, including text or blocks. Easily format leader lines, and define styles.

Centerlines and center marks

Create and edit centerlines and center marks that automatically move when you move the associated objects.

Tables

Create tables with data and symbols in rows and columns, apply formulas, and link to a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.

Revision clouds

Draw revision clouds around new changes in a drawing to quickly identify your updates.

Views

Save views by name to easily return to a specific view for quick reference or for applying to layout viewports.

Layouts

Specify the size of your drawing sheet, add a title block, and display multiple views of your model.

Fields

Use fields in text objects to display text that can be updated automatically as the field value changes.

Data Linking

Enable simultaneous updates by creating a live link between a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet and a table in your drawing.

Data extraction

Extract information from objects, blocks, and attributes, including drawing information.

Dynamic blocks

Add flexibility and intelligence to your block references, including changing the shape, size, or configuration.

Arrays

Create and modify objects in circular or rectangular patterns, or along a path.

Parametric constraints

Apply geometric and dimensional constraints to maintain relationships between drawing geometry.

Express tools

Extend the power of AutoCAD with a collection of productivity tools.

System requirements for AutoCAD 2019 including Specialized Toolsets
Operating System
  • Microsoft® Windows® 7 SP1 with Update KB4019990 (32-bit & 64-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Update KB2919355 (32-bit & 64-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Anniversary Update (64-bit only) (version 1607 or higher)
Processor Basic: 2.5–2.9 GHz processor
Recommended: 3+ GHz processor
Memory Basic: 8 GB
Recommended: 16 GB
Display Resolution Conventional Displays:
1920 x 1080 with True Color

High Resolution & 4K Displays:
Resolutions up to 3840 x 2160 supported on Windows 10, 64 bit systems (with capable display card)
Display Card Basic: 1 GB GPU with 29 GB/s Bandwidth and DirectX 11 compliant
Recommended: 4 GB GPU with 106 GB/s Bandwidth and DirectX 11 compliant
Disk Space 6.0 GB
Browser Google Chrome™ (for AutoCAD Web)
Network Deployment via Deployment Wizard.

The license server and all workstations that will run applications dependent on network licensing must run TCP/IP protocol.

Either Microsoft® or Novell TCP/IP protocol stacks are acceptable. Primary login on workstations may be Netware or Windows.

In addition to operating systems supported for the application, the license server will run on the Windows Server® 2016, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows Server 2008 R2 editions.

Citrix® XenApp™ 7.6, Citrix® XenDesktop™ 7.6.
Pointing Device MS-Mouse compliant
.NET Framework .NET Framework Version 4.7
  
 
Additional Requirements for large datasets, point clouds, and 3D modeling
Memory 8 GB RAM or more
Disk Space 6 GB free hard disk available, not including installation requirements
Display Card 1920 x 1080 or greater True Color video display adapter; 128 MB VRAM or greater; Pixel Shader 3.0 or greater; Direct3D®-capable workstation class graphics card.

Note: 64-bit Operating Systems are recommended if you are working with large datasets, point clouds and 3D modeling and required if you are using Model Documentation or Point Clouds.

Specialized Toolsets

Toolset Additional Requirements
AutoCAD Plant 3D
  • Disk Space: 8GB
  • 64-Bit OS Only
AutoCAD Map 3D
  • Disk Space: 16GB
  • Memory: 16GB
  • 64-Bit OS Only
  • Database & FDO Requirements (see below)
AutoCAD Architecture Disk Space: 10GB
AutoCAD Electrical Disk Space: 12GB
AutoCAD MEP Disk Space: 12GB
AutoCAD Mechanical No additional requirements
AutoCAD Raster Design No additional requirements

AutoCAD Map 3D Additional Requirements

FDO Provider Requirements
FDO Provider Certified With Notes
Microsoft SQL Server Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 R2 Standard and Enterprise Editions;
Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Standard and Enterprise Editions;
Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Standard and Enterprise Editions;
Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Standard and Enterprise Editions
Industry Models also support the versions of Microsoft SQL Server listed on the left.
Oracle 11g Release 2 Oracle 11.2.0.4.0
Oracle Express, Standard, and Enterprise Editions
Industry Models support the same Oracle versions as listed on the left.
Oracle 12c Release 1 Oracle 12.1.0.2.0
Standard Edition and Enterprise Edition
Industry Models support the same Oracle versions as listed on the left.
Oracle 12c Release 2 Oracle 12.2.0.1.0
Standard Edition and Enterprise Edition
Industry Models support the same Oracle versions as listed on the left.
Raster DEM, JPG2K, DTED, MrSID®, ECW, PNG, ESRI® Grid, TIFF, JPEG, ESTRI, ASCII Not supported on Linux
Autodesk SDF 3.0  
ESRI ArcSDE ArcSDE® 9.3 SP1
ArcSDE 10.2
This Provider requires ESRI licensed components to be installed on client system. Required components depend on the type of connection (SDE Service or Direct Connect)
ESRI ArcGIS ARCGIS® 10.4
ARCGIS 10.3.1
ARCGIS 10.3
ARCGIS 10.2
This Provider requires ESRI licensed components to be installed on client system.
MySQL 5.7  
ODBC The FDO ODBC provider has been tested with corresponding versions of ODBC drivers that are shipped with the relevant supported operating systems version.  
OGC WMS WMS 1.3.0  
OGC WFS WFS 2.0.0  
SQLite SQLite 3.6  
PostgresSQL PostgreSQL 9.5 + PostGIS 2.2  
 
ODBC Drivers Tested Versions
Microsoft® Access® Driver (*.mdb, *.accdb) Microsoft Access database engine 2016 (English) 16.00.4513.1000
Microsoft® Excel® Driver (*.xls, *xlsx, *.xlsm, *.xlsb) Microsoft Access database engine 2016 (English) 16.00.4513.1000
MySQL® ODBC 5.3 Driver 5.03.07.00
SQL Server® 10.00.10240.16384
Oracle® in OraClient12Home1 12.01.00.01
System requirements for AutoCAD for Mac 2018
Operating System Apple® macOS® Mojave v10.14 (requires Update 2018.2); High Sierra v10.13 or later; Apple macOS Sierra v10.12 or later; Mac® OS X® El Capitan v10.11 or later
Model Apple Mac Pro® 4,1 or later; MacBook Pro® 5,1 or later; iMac® 8.1 or later; Mac mini® 3.1 or later; MacBook Air® 2.1 or later; MacBook® 5.1 or later
CPU Type 64-bit Intel CPU (Intel Core Duo CPU, 2 GHz or faster recommended)
Memory 3 GB of RAM (4 GB or above recommended)
Display Resolution 1280 x 800 display with true color (2880 x 1800 with Retina Display recommended)
Disk Space 3 GB free disk space for download and installation
Pointing Device Apple® Mouse, Apple Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad, MacBook® Pro trackpad, or Microsoft-compliant mouse.
Printer Mac OS X-compliant printer
Media Download and installation from DVD
Browser Apple Safari® 5.0 or later
OS Language All Mac OS X supported language operating systems