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is there a Libre .dwg opensource program [closed]

asked 2014-04-28 20:11:50 +0100

Luap Namlhuk gravatar image

looking for an open source CAD program to at least be able to open a .dwg file

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Check LibreCad: Though I am not quite sure on its dwg support state

senya gravatar imagesenya ( 2014-10-13 11:38:24 +0100 )edit

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answered 2014-04-28 21:48:24 +0100

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updated 2014-04-29 17:22:48 +0100

What comes to mind is Sketchup and DraftSight (Dassault) only 2D is free.

P.S.: Run a Google Search ".dwg viewer". Even AutoCad has a free viewer.

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There are open-source packages with limited DWG support, LinuxCAD comes to mind.

Some other software can be open-source (for the paying user) but not free (as in beer):


Sveinn í Felli gravatar imageSveinn í Felli ( 2014-04-29 14:29:17 +0100 )edit

answered 2014-04-29 13:06:31 +0100

Sveinn í Felli gravatar image

Short answer: No

Long answer: Yes, but...

The DWG-format is deep into licensing issues, theoretically you can set up your computer to be able to write/read DWG drawings ( ), but you'd have to be a member and to pay a licensing fee. There are initiatives in the GNU-project ( ), I'm not sure anything concrete has been achieved yet. There's a nice article outlining the issues at LibreGraphicsWorld. To quote the article:

"While file formats such as STEP (ISO 10303) exist, DWG is still part of far too many production workflows."

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