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AutoCAD 2024 for lifetime with Video installation Guide



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Minimum System Requirements

Processor : Core i5-3rd Gen.
Graphics Card : 2GB DDR5 Dx12
RAM : 8 GB
Setup Size : 2.55 GB

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AutoCAD 2024 with Video installation Guide is a commercial computer-aided design (CAD) and drafting software application by Autodesk. The first release of the software started with version 1.0 in December 1982. The software has been continuously updated since its initial release. AutoCAD opens documents with DWG compatibility as a “DWG file format version code” where the specific version code can be found by opening the .dwg file in Windows Notepad or any text editor program. The file format version code is dependent on the AutoCAD version.

AutoCAD is a commercial computer-aided design (CAD) and drafting software application. Developed and marketed by Autodesk, AutoCAD was first released in December 1982 as a desktop app running on microcomputers with internal graphics controllers.[2] Before AutoCAD was introduced, most commercial CAD programs ran on mainframe computers or minicomputers, with each CAD operator (user) working at a separate graphics terminal.[3] AutoCAD is also available as mobile and web apps. AutoCAD is primarily used for 2 Dimensional drawings, and even though 3D modeling is available in AutoCAD other computer-aided design software like Fusion 360Inventor and Solidworks are preferred in 3D modeling.

AutoCAD is used in industry, by architects, project managers, engineers, graphic designers, city planners and other professionals.


A man using AutoCAD 2.6 to digitize a drawing of a school building.

AutoCAD was derived from a program that began in 1977, and then released in 1979[4] called Interact CAD,[5][6][7] also referred to in early Autodesk documents as MicroCAD, which was written prior to Autodesk’s (then Marinchip Software Partners) formation by Autodesk cofounder Michael Riddle.[8][9]

The first version by Autodesk was demonstrated at the 1982 Comdex and released that December. AutoCAD supported CP/M-80 computers.[10] As Autodesk’s flagship product, by March 1986 AutoCAD had become the most ubiquitous CAD program worldwide.[11] The 2022 release marked the 36th major release of AutoCAD for Windows and the 12th consecutive year of AutoCAD for Mac. The native file format of AutoCAD is .dwg. This and, to a lesser extent, its interchange file format DXF, have become de facto, if proprietary, standards for CAD data interoperability, particularly for 2D drawing exchange.[12] AutoCAD has included support for .dwf, a format developed and promoted by Autodesk, for publishing CAD data.


Compatibility with other software

ESRI ArcMap 10 permits export as AutoCAD drawing files. Civil 3D permits export as AutoCAD objects and as LandXML. Third-party file converters exist for specific formats such as Bentley MX GENIO Extension, PISTE Extension (France), ISYBAU (Germany), OKSTRA and Microdrainage (UK);[13] also, conversion of .pdf files is feasible, however, the accuracy of the results may be unpredictable or distorted. For example, jagged edges may appear. Several vendors provide online conversions for free such as Cometdocs.


AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT are available for English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, JapaneseKoreanChinese SimplifiedChinese TraditionalBrazilian PortugueseRussianCzechPolish and Hungarian (also through additional language packs).[14] The extent of localization varies from full translation of the product to documentation only. The AutoCAD command set is localized as a part of the software localization.


AutoCAD supports a number of APIs for customization and automation. These include AutoLISPVisual LISPVBA.NET and ObjectARX. ObjectARX is a C++ class library, which was also the base for:

  • products extending AutoCAD functionality to specific fields
  • creating products such as AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD Electrical, AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • third-party AutoCAD-based application

There are a large number of AutoCAD plugins (add-on applications) available on the application store Autodesk Exchange Apps.[15] AutoCAD’s DXF, drawing exchange format, allows importing and exporting drawing information.

Vertical integration

Autodesk has also developed a few vertical programs for discipline-specific enhancements such as:

Since AutoCAD 2019 several verticals are included with AutoCAD subscription as Industry-Specific Toolset.

For example, AutoCAD Architecture (formerly Architectural Desktop) permits architectural designers to draw 3D objects, such as walls, doors, and windows, with more intelligent data associated with them rather than simple objects, such as lines and circles. The data can be programmed to represent specific architectural products sold in the construction industry, or extracted into a data file for pricing, materials estimation, and other values related to the objects represented.

Additional tools generate standard 2D drawings, such as elevations and sections, from a 3D architectural model. Similarly, Civil Design, Civil Design 3D, and Civil Design Professional support data-specific objects facilitating easy standard civil engineering calculations and representations.

Softdesk Civil was developed as an AutoCAD add-on by a company in New Hampshire called Softdesk (originally DCA). Softdesk was acquired by Autodesk, and Civil became Land Development Desktop (LDD), later renamed Land Desktop. Civil 3D was later developed and Land Desktop was retired.

File formats

AutoCAD’s native file formats are denoted either by a .dwg.dwt.dws, or .dxf filename extension.

The primary file format for 2D and 3D drawing files created with AutoCAD is .dwg. While other third-party CAD software applications can create .dwg files, AutoCAD uniquely creates RealDWG files.[16]

Using AutoCAD, any .dwg file may be saved to a derivative format. These derivative formats include:

  • Drawing Template Files .dwt: New .dwg are created from a .dwt file. Although the default template file is acad.dwt for AutoCAD and acadlt.dwt for AutoCAD LT, custom .dwt files may be created to include foundational configurations such as drawing units and layers.
  • Drawing Standards File .dws: Using the CAD Standards feature of AutoCAD, a Drawing Standards File may be associated to any .dwg or .dwt file to enforce graphical standards.
  • Drawing Interchange Format .dxf: The .dxf format is an ASCII representation of a .dwg file, and is used to transfer data between various applications.[17]



AutoCAD LT is the lower-cost version of AutoCAD, with reduced capabilities, first released in November 1993. Autodesk developed AutoCAD LT to have an entry-level CAD package to compete in the lower price level. Priced at $495, it became the first AutoCAD product priced below $1000. It was sold directly by Autodesk and in computer stores unlike the full version of AutoCAD, which must be purchased from official Autodesk dealers. AutoCAD LT 2015 introduced Desktop Subscription service from $360 per year; as of 2018, three subscription plans were available, from $50 a month to a 3-year, $1170 license.

While there are hundreds of small differences between the full AutoCAD package and AutoCAD LT, there are a few recognized major differences[18] in the software’s features:

  • 3D capabilities: AutoCAD LT lacks the ability to create, visualize and render 3D models as well as 3D printing.
  • Network licensing: AutoCAD LT cannot be used on multiple machines over a network.
  • Customization: AutoCAD LT does not support customization with LISP, ARX, .NET and VBA.
  • Management and automation capabilities with Sheet Set Manager and Action Recorder.
  • CAD standards management tools.

AutoCAD Mobile and AutoCAD Web

AutoCAD Mobile and AutoCAD Web (formerly AutoCAD WS and AutoCAD 360)[19] is an account-based mobile and web application enabling registered users to view, edit, and share AutoCAD files via mobile device and web[20] using a limited AutoCAD feature set — and using cloud-stored drawing files. The program, which is an evolution and combination of previous products, uses a freemium business model with a free plan and two paid levels, including various amounts of storage, tools, and online access to drawings. 360 includes new features such as a “Smart Pen” mode and linking to third-party cloud-based storage such as Dropbox. Having evolved from Flash-based software, AutoCAD Web uses HTML5 browser technology available in newer browsers including Firefox and Google Chrome.

AutoCAD WS began with a version for the iPhone and subsequently expanded to include versions for the iPod TouchiPad, Android phones, and Android tablets.[21] Autodesk released the iOS version in September 2010,[22] following with the Android version on April 20, 2011.[23] The program is available via download at no cost from the App Store (iOS), Google Play (Android) and Amazon Appstore (Android).

In its initial iOS version, AutoCAD WS supported drawing of lines, circles, and other shapes; creation of text and comment boxes; and management of color, layer, and measurements — in both landscape and portrait modes. Version 1.3, released August 17, 2011, added support for unit typing, layer visibility, area measurement and file management.[20] The Android variant includes the iOS feature set along with such unique features as the ability to insert text or captions by voice command as well as manually.[23] Both Android and iOS versions allow the user to save files on-line — or off-line in the absence of an Internet connection.[23]

In 2011, Autodesk announced plans to migrate the majority of its software to “the cloud“, starting with the AutoCAD WS mobile application.

According to a 2013 interview with Ilai Rotbaein, an AutoCAD WS product manager for Autodesk, the name AutoCAD WS had no definitive meaning, and was interpreted variously as Autodesk Web ServiceWhite Sheet or Work Space.[25] In 2013, AutoCAD WS was renamed to AutoCAD 360.[26] Later, it was renamed to AutoCAD Web App.

Student versions

AutoCAD is licensed, for free, to students, educators, and educational institutions, with a 12-month renewable license available. Licenses acquired before March 25, 2020 were a 36-month license, with its last renovation on March 24, 2020.[27] The student version of AutoCAD is functionally identical to the full commercial version, with one exception: DWG files created or edited by a student version have an internal bit-flag set (the “educational flag”). When such a DWG file is printed by any version of AutoCAD (commercial or student) older than AutoCAD 2014 SP1 or AutoCAD 2019 and newer, the output includes a plot stamp/banner on all four sides. Objects created in the Student Version cannot be used for commercial use. Student Version objects “infect” a commercial version DWG file if they are imported in versions older than AutoCAD 2015 or newer than AutoCAD 2018.


The following table summarizes the version history of the AutoCAD software application.

Official name Version DWG tag[2] Release OS support Date of release Comments
AutoCAD Version 1.0 1.0 MC0.0 1 December 1982 DWG R1.0 file format
AutoCAD Version 1.2 1.2 AC1.2 2 April 1983 DWG R1.2 file format
AutoCAD Version 1.3 1.3 3 August 1983 DWG R1.3 file format
AutoCAD Version 1.4 1.4 AC1.40 4 October 1983 DWG R1.4 file format
AutoCAD Version 2.0 2.0 AC1.50[3] 5 October 1984 DWG R2.05 file format
AutoCAD Version 2.1 2.1 AC2.10 6 May 1985 DWG R2.1 file format
AutoCAD Version 2.5 2.5 AC1002 7 June 1986 DWG R2.5 file format
AutoCAD Version 2.6 2.6 AC1003 8 April 1987 DWG R2.6 file format. Last version to run without a math co-processor.
AutoCAD Release 9 9.0 AC1004 9 September 1987 DWG R9 file format
AutoCAD Release 10 10.0 AC1006 10 October 1988 DWG R10 file format
AutoCAD Release 11 11.0 AC1009 11
  • MS-DOS 3.3[4]
October 1990 DWG R11 file format, the first version to incorporate basic 3D solid modeling via the Advanced Modeling Extension (AME)
AutoCAD Release 12 12.0 12
  • MS-DOS 3.3[5]
June 1992 DWG R11/R12 file format. Last release for Apple Macintosh till 2010.
AutoCAD Release 13 13.0 AC1012 13
  • MS-DOS 5.0
  • Windows 3.1[6]
November 1994 DWG R13 file format. Sole release for Windows NT Alpha. Last release for AIXSolarisIRIXHP-UXMS-DOS and Windows 3.1.
AutoCAD Release 14 14.0 AC1014 14 February 1997 DWG R14 file format
AutoCAD 2000 15.0 AC1015 15
  • Windows 95[7]
  • 98
  • NT 4.0
March 1999 DWG 2000 file format. Multi-Document Interface.
AutoCAD 2000i 15.1 16
  • Windows 95
  • 98
  • NT 4.0
  • 2000
July 2000
AutoCAD 2002 15.2 17
  • Windows 98[8]
  • ME
  • NT 4.0
  • 2000
June 2001
AutoCAD 2004 16.0 AC1018 18
  • Windows NT 4.0[9]
  • 2000
  • XP
March 2003 DWG 2004 file format
AutoCAD 2005 16.1 19
  • Windows 2000
  • XP
March 2004
AutoCAD 2006 16.2 20 March 2005 Dynamic Block
AutoCAD 2007 17.0 AC1021 21 March 2006 DWG 2007 file format
AutoCAD 2008 17.1 22 March 2007 Annotative objects introduced. AutoCAD 2008 and higher (including AutoCAD LT) can directly import and underlay DGN V8 files.
AutoCAD 2009 17.2 23
March 2008 Revisions to the user interface including the introduction of the Ribbon
AutoCAD 2010 18.0 AC1024 24
March 24, 2009 DWG 2010 file format introduced. Parametrics introduced. Mesh 3D solid modeling was introduced. PDF underlays. Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of AutoCAD 2010 and AutoCAD LT 2010 are compatible with and supported under Microsoft Windows 7.
AutoCAD 2011 18.1 25 March 25, 2010 Surface modeling, surface analysis, and object transparency introduced. October 15, 2010[14] AutoCAD 2011 for Mac was released. Are compatible with and supported under Microsoft Windows 7
AutoCAD 2012 18.2 26 March 22, 2011 Associative array, model documentation, DGN editing. Support for complex line types in DGN files is improved in AutoCAD 2012.
AutoCAD 2013 19.0 AC1027 27
March 27, 2012 DWG 2013 file format (AC1027)
AutoCAD 2014 19.1 28 March 26, 2013 File tabs, design feed, reality capture, live maps
AutoCAD 2015 20.0 29
March 27, 2014 Line smoothing (anti-aliasing)
AutoCAD 2016 20.1 30
March 23, 2015 More comprehensive canvas, richer design context, and intelligent new tools such as smart dimensioning, coordination model, and enhanced PDFs
AutoCAD 2017 21.0 31 March 21, 2016 PDF import, associative center marks, and centerlines, DirectX 11 graphics
AutoCAD 2018 22.0 AC1032 32 March 21, 2017 DWG 2018 file format and Mac. “Off-screen” selection.[22]
AutoCAD 2019 23.0 33 March 22, 2018 Specialized toolsets (electrical, architecture, MEP, etc.) with One AutoCAD, Shared Views, DWG Compare, Save To AutoCAD Web & Mobile
AutoCAD 2020 23.1 34
  • Windows 7 SP1
  • 8
  • 10[23]
March 27, 2019 New dark theme, quick measurements, blocks palette, Microsoft OneDrive and integration, dropped support for 32bit Windows[24]
AutoCAD 2021 24.0 35
  • Vendor dependent[25]
  • Windows 8.1
  • 10
March 25, 2020 Drawing history, Xref compare, Google Drive integration, offline activation removed,[26] Quick Trim & Extend Mode[27]
AutoCAD 2022 24.1 36
  • Vendor dependent
  • Windows 10
  • 11[28]
March 23, 2021 Trace, Count, Floating Drawing
AutoCAD 2023 24.2 37
  • Windows 10 64 version 1809
  • 11[29]
March 28, 2022 Count, Floating Windows, Trace Markup Import and Markup Assist with text recognition, improved 3D Graphics[30]
AutoCAD 2024 24.3 38
  • Windows 10
  • 11
March 28, 2023

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