Solved: How to open DXF files without AutoCAD?

Hello, I am not an AutoCAD user but really need to open an AutoCAD file sent by a colleague  of mine  and obviously I will not buy the Program just to open a file,Help! Can someone help me open the AutoCAD file? It is in DXF format.

Asked on February 10, 2017 in AutoCAD.
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Download DWG Trueview from here –

It will allow you to open and print DWGs & DXFs

Or sign up for a free Autodesk 360 account at the same place and view your files online


Answered on February 12, 2017.

Hey Nick, Thank you so much; this has been very helpful, I have already installed DWG Trueview and it works perfectly as suggested, if we ever meet I amma have ultra large drink with ya buddy !!!  😉

on February 13, 2017.

I wouldn’t even bother downloading this. Just use AutoDesk’s online viewer. It’s free and in the browser

on March 30, 2020.
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Online apps are the best you do not have to download anything it’s just plug and play process; check this out for example:


Answered on February 13, 2017.
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I have used something called JETcam viewer before, it’s free, small, efficient, does the job with no hassle:
You can download it from here : 



    • Totally free


    • No registration required to download or use


    • No adverts, spyware or malware


    • Small memory footprint


    • Simple tree view for all local and mapped network drives


    • Thumbnail images of all recognised 2D CAD files


    • Does not require CAD packages to be installed to display thumbnail images


    • Measurement rules showing scale of part


    • Pan and zoom with the mouse


    • Navigate between file structure and thumbnails with keyboard


Files supported:

    • DXF


    • DWG (including AutoCAD 2013 and previous versions)


    • IGES


    • JETCAM JGF component files


Answered on February 13, 2017.
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eDrawings viewer is also another free option which looks like it’s something more elegant:

The eDrawings Viewer is intended primarily for people who do not use CAD software and thus do not need to publish eDrawings files themselves.

Download eDrawings Viewer software to view, print, and review all types of eDrawings files. In addition, eDrawings Viewer allows convenient viewing of supported AutoCAD® DWG and DXF files and native SolidWorks® parts, assemblies, and drawings.

Answered on February 13, 2017.
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try  also 

you can open any version dwg  | dxf file , NO sign up or installation required . its free to view

Answered on March 7, 2018.
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