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Have You Tried: Work with AutoCAD Anywhere

Have you ever wanted to work in AutoCAD on any computer without having the software installed? Have you ever wanted to pull up a drawing during a design review meeting or while on a job site, but didn’t have your work computer? The AutoCAD web app lets you work in AutoCAD anytime, anywhere.

With the AutoCAD web app, you no longer need to be tethered to a specific computer. There is no software installation required since it runs online in a web browser like Chrome or Firefox. Its user interface shares a similar design to that of the AutoCAD desktop with properties panels, a ribbon-like tool, and a command line.



Using the AutoCAD web app, you can:

  • View and measure geometry
  • Create and edit geometry
  • Manage geometry properties with layers
  • Add annotation and revision clouds
  • View Xrefs
  • Insert blocks defined in the drawing
  • Open and edit DWG files stored in third-party cloud storage providers

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Visit the AutoCAD web app product page on autodesk.com for more information.

Included with Your AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT Subscription

If you have an AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT subscription, you can create, edit, and annotate drawings in a Web browser with the AutoCAD web app. Simply browse to https://web.autocad.com/ and sign in with the same Autodesk ID as your AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT subscription. You’ll be automatically granted access to the full set of design tools the app has to offer.

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If you are not on subscription or are new to AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT, you can create a free account and try out the AutoCAD web app but with viewing and measurement only capabilities.

Access Drawings from AutoCAD Web & Mobile

AutoCAD 2019-based and later desktop products support the ability to save files to and open files from AutoCAD Web & Mobile, letting you go from working in AutoCAD on your desktop to working on the AutoCAD web app, with Xrefs included. Save to AutoCAD Web & Mobile allows for the easy sharing of drawing files through AutoCAD without the use of a third-party cloud storage provider.



From AutoCAD desktop, on the Quick Access toolbar, do one of the following:

  • Save a file to AutoCAD Web & Mobile by clicking Save to Web & Mobile (SAVETOWEBMOBILE command)
  • Open a file from AutoCAD Web & Mobile by clicking Open from Web & Mobile (OPENFROMWEBMOBILE command)

Open and Work with Drawings in the AutoCAD web app

  1. Open your Web browser and go to https://web.autocad.com/.
  2. Login with your Autodesk ID associated with your AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT subscription.

    If needed, contact someone within your company to learn what your Autodesk ID is or create a new account.

    Remember: You must have an active AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT subscription to access all functionality of the app. To find out about your subscription, visit Autodesk Accounts (
    https://manage.autodesk.com/).
  3. On the main page, choose the drawing file you want to open.
  4. After the file has been opened, you can manipulate the view of the drawing by performing a:
    • Drag to pan the current view
    • Wheel scroll to zoom in or out
  5. On the left, click Properties tab and then select an object in the drawing to view and edit that object’s properties.
  6. Click the Layers tab and choose a layer to set it current.
  7. Click a tool on the ribbon and follow the prompts that are displayed in the Command Line window.
  8. In the upper-right, click Save to save your changes if desired.
  9. Close the drawing by clicking Home along the top.

    If you didn’t save your changes, you will be prompted to return to the drawing or discard your changes.

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Choose and Upload Files to a Cloud Storage Provider

In addition to the ability to open drawing files that have been saved to AutoCAD Web & Mobile, you can open drawing files that were saved to a third-party cloud storage provider directly in the AutoCAD web app with no installation required.

The following third-party cloud storage providers are supported from the AutoCAD web app, so if you already store your DWG files in the cloud, you can easily access and edit them:

  • Microsoft OneDrive and OneDrive for Business
  • Box
  • Dropbox
Note: Drawings created on the AutoCAD web app and saved to a third-party cloud storage provider can be accessed with AutoCAD desktop. You may need to install an additional application such as Dropbox or OneDrive desktop app to access your cloud files. Once installed, you can access the files in your cloud storage account like those on your local or network drive. If you have an AutoCAD 2020-based desktop product, you can take advantage of the new integrated third-party cloud storage tools.

Add a Cloud Storage Provider to the AutoCAD web app

  1. Sign into the AutoCAD web app.
  2. On the main page, click Add Storage Provider.
  3. From the list of supported sources, click Add next to your cloud storage provider.
  4. Follow the on-screen messages and sign in using your account credentials.
Note: To disconnect from a cloud storage provider, select the cloud storage provider on the left. Then click the Edit Account button on the right and click Disconnect.




Source: Autodesk

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