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Is there software that can view .dwg files ?

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This might be interesting: – Rinzwind Jun 14 '11 at 11:28
possible duplicate of What good CAD programs are available? – Luís de Sousa Aug 12 '14 at 7:01
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DraftSight. It doesn't cost money and they'll give you a nice .deb installer... but it's not open source or free software.

On the upside, it will also let you create and edit .dwg files.

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Very nice +1 I was looking for one – Luis Alvarado Jun 14 '11 at 12:34
If only it were FOSS too... – Eliah Kagan Jun 1 '12 at 2:58
30 days trial. Then pay more than 90$ – Salrandazzo May 17 at 15:04
@Salrandazzo There's still a free version but they bundle it with the Professional trial. – Oli May 17 at 15:26

LX Viewer (source: )

LX-Viewer is a program that will allow you to open, view, print and convert DWG or DXF files, typically used in AutoCAD related technical drafting. The most important feature is that LX-Viewer allows you to manipulate your DWG data on the Linux platform. You may zoom and pan the drawing as you would in AutoCAD. Files can be saved to DWG or DXF formats from AutoCAD version 2.5 to 2002, also as BMP, SVG and PNG formats. Files can be printed or plotted to a Postscript printer or to file. Multiple files can be batch converted or batch plotted. Layer states can be changed (on/off, freeze/thaw, etc) with a full layer dialog. The paperspace/model space toggle is fully implemented, as is the ability to select among various paperspace layouts for AutoCAD drawings.

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Now more than a decade out of date. Won't support any recent file version formats. – David McNeill Jan 18 '15 at 2:22

I use Teigha Viewer available from the Open Design Alliance, and also the Teigha File Converter from the same provider. Packages are available for Ubuntu. It is freeware but not free nor open source software.

"Teigha Viewer is a free cross-platform application provided by the ODA to end users only for the visualization of CAD drawing files"

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We are the editor of CaniVIZ 3D viewer for CAD files (,

The Pro version allows to read DWG files with an additional plug-in. This is not a free software.

CaniVIZ works on the Main OS (Linux, Mac and Windows) and it can be embedded in a Web page with the plug-in. In addition the online workshop allow everybody to put files online and to display them.

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