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From mechanical design aids to architecture tools to model-based GIS and mapping features, subscribe to AutoCAD software and access industry-specific toolsets, plus web and mobile apps.

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Overview

Work faster with specialised toolsets

AutoCAD includes industry-specific features and libraries for architecture, mechanical design, electrical design and more.

  • Automate floor plans, sections, levels and other drawings.
    Draw piping, plumbing and ducting for faster design with mechanical tools.
  • Design ductwork, electrical conduit and circuiting for HVAC, plumbing and electrical with MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing).
AutoCAD 2019 - One Autocad - Available Toolsets

WHAT'S NEW IN AUTOCAD 2021

More Cloud storage connectivity

Now access any DWG file from Google Drive on top of other leading cloud storage solutions and browse from within the Web App, as well as from Autodesk Drive included with your subscription.

XRef compare enhancements

Compare two versions of an Xref and implement changes without leaving your current drawing. Receive notifications and display changes of any changes in referenced drawings.

Drawing History insights

See changes made to your drawing over time and get instant insights by comparing previous versions right within the context of your current drawing.

Performance Improvements

Pan, zoom, and orbit smoother and faster in real time with multi-core processors. Regeneration operations are faster and more responsive, better for complex 3D geometry.

Speed improvements

Save your work in only a fraction of a second. Install AutoCAD in half the usual time for solid state hard drives.

Blocks palette enhancements

The Blocks palette now lets you sync recent blocks in a drawing to a cloud storage location and access them from desktop or web, as well as recently used block libraries.

Quick measure enhancements

Quickly display all nearby measurements in a drawing simply by hovering your mouse, now including areas and perimeters.

What’s included

Specialized toolsets offer industry-specific features to help you design more quickly and easily:

  • Create details, views, and more.
  • Automate tasks and annotations.
  • Use a rules-driven workflow to enforce industry standards and generate schedules, lists, and tables.
  • Access libraries of symbols, parts, and detail components.

Download and use only the toolset you need, when you need it.

AutoCAD 2019 - One Autocad - Available Toolsets
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The original AutoCAD 2D and 3D CAD software provides innovative tools for design and documentation.


  • Create and edit 2D geometry and 3D models with solids, surfaces, and mesh objects.
  • Annotate drawings with text, dimensions, leaders, and tables.
  • Customize the ribbon and tool palettes.
  • Customize with add-on apps and APIs.
  • Extract object data to tables.
  • Attach and import data from PDF files.
AutoCAD 2019 - One Autocad - Available Toolsets

Adds features for architectural drawing, documentation, and schedules, and for automating drafting tasks.


  • Create floor plans, sections, elevations, and other building design drawings using specialized tools.
  • Additional features include walls, door, and windows.
  • Use 8,000+ intelligent architectural objects and styles to support AIA 2nd edition, BS1192 DIN 276, ISYBAU Long Format, ISYBAU Short Format, and STLB layer standards
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Adds electrical design features to help you create, modify, and document electrical controls systems.


  • Create panel layouts, schematic diagrams, and other electrical drawings using specialized tools.
  • Use consistent project standards with drawings organized in a project-based structure.
  • Includes a library of 65,000+ intelligent electrical symbols to support AS, GB, IEC, IEC-60617, JIC, JIS, NFPA, and IEEE standards.
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Adds features for architectural drawing, documentation, and schedules, and for automating drafting tasks.


  • Create, maintain, and communicate mapping and GIS information within the AutoCAD drawing environment.
  • Use task-based tools to manage GIS data and aggregate it with design data.
  • Access spatial data stored in files, databases, and web services.
  • Use standard data schema, automated business workflows, and report templates for Electric North America, Electric Europe, Water, Wastewater, and Gas industries.
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Adds a library of standards-based parts and tools to help you create, modify, and document mechanical designs for manufacturing.


  • Automate mechanical engineering tasks, such as generating machine components, dimensioning, and creating bills of material.
  • Create parts, assemblies, and other drawings for product design using specialized tools.
  • Use 700,000+ intelligent manufacturing parts, features, and symbols to support ISO, ANSI, DIN, JIS, BSI, CSN, and GB standards.
AutoCAD Mechanical Toolset 2021
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Adds features to help you draft, design, and document MEP building systems in an AutoCAD environment.


  • Create accurate construction documentation of MEP systems design.
  • Use task-based tools to create MEP drawings for building systems.
  • Use 10,500+ intelligent MEP objects to support AIA 2nd edition, BS1192 Descriptive, and BS1192 – AUG Version 2 standards, and DIN 276, ISYBAU Long Format, ISYBAU Short Format, and STLB layer standards.
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Autocad Plant 3D Logo

Adds features to help you produce P&IDs, and then integrate them into a 3D plant design model.


  • Generate and share isometrics, orthographics, and materials reports.
  • Create schematic diagrams, plant layouts, and other drawings for plant design using specialized tools.
  • Includes a library of 400+ intelligent plant objects such as equipment templates, support templates, and structural members to support 40 standards, including ANSI and DIN.
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Adds raster-to-vector tools to help you convert raster images into DWG™ objects. Edit scanned drawings in a familiar AutoCAD environment.


  • Despeckle, bias, mirror, and touch up your images.
  • Use standard AutoCAD commands on raster regions and primitives. Easily erase raster images, lines, arcs, and circles.
  • Create lines and polylines from raster images, and convert raster files into vector drawings.
  • Show and analyze geo images in Civil 3D civil engineering software and the AutoCAD Map 3D toolset.
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AutoCAD mobile app

Take the power of AutoCAD wherever you go.


  • View, create, edit, and share AutoCAD drawings on mobile devices—anytime, anywhere.
  • Work on the latest drawings right at the jobsite.
  • Access updates in real time.
AutoCAD Mobile App

Access AutoCAD from any computer.


  • View, create, and edit AutoCAD drawings.
  • Work on the latest drawings from anywhere.
  • Access updates in real time.
Import PDF files

Import the geometry from a PDF file into your drawing as an object.

Share design views

Collaborate with stakeholders by publishing your drawing views to the cloud.

External file references

Save time and minimise frustration with tools to fix broken paths for externally referenced files.

Object selection

Selected objects stay in the selection set, even if you pan or zoom off screen.

Text to Mtext

Convert combinations of text and Mtext objects to a single Mtext object

User interface

Work intuitively with common dialogue boxes and toolbars.

SMART DIMENSIONING

Create measurements based on your drawing context

Revision clouds

Create and modify revision clouds more easily

Refined Interface

The darker interface helps reduce eyestrain.

AutoCAD - Features - Resizeable Dialog Boxes
Resizable dialogue boxes

More information, less scrolling

STUNNING VISUAL EXPERIENCE

See the details in your designs more clearly

ENHANCED PDFS

PDFs are smaller, smarter and more searchable.

AutoCAD LT 2017 - Sysvar Monitor
SYSVAR MONITOR

Prevent unwanted changes to your system settings.

DESIGN FEED

Work on an intranet, Internet or cloud connection.

DESIGN FEED

Work on an intranet, Internet or cloud connection.

Reality Computing

Orient your work more precisely with the point cloud.

TRUSTED DWG TECHNOLOGY

Help ensure the fidelity of your drawings

MIGRATION TOOL ENHANCEMENTS

Migrating your custom settings and files from preceding releases has never been easier. Your custom settings are detected, allowing you to choose which ones you wish to migrate.

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AutoCAD 2021 Windows vs Mac Comparison

PRODUCTS

AutoCAD

AutoCAD for Mac

User interaction

Ribbon

Tool palettes

Command line

Multi-functional grips

Object and layer transparency

Dynamic blocks

Associative arrays

Object selection and isolation

Multi-view split screen

Coverflow navigation

Multi-touch gestures

Tool Sets Palette

2D drafting, drawing and annotation

Text

Dimensions

Leaders

Centrelines and centre marks

Tables

Revision clouds

Layouts

Viewports

Fields

Data linking

Data extraction

Parametric constraints

Express tools

3D modelling and visualisation

Solid, surfacing and mesh modelling

3D navigation (orbit, Viewcube, wheel)

Visual styles

Section planes

Photorealistic rendering (lighting, materials)

3D scanning and pointclouds

Base, projected, section and detail views

3D Print Studio

Collaboration

PDF import/export/underlay

DGN import/export/underlay

DWG and image references

Sheet set manager

Reference Navisworks models

Import 3D models

Geolocation co-ordinate system and online maps

Share Design View

AutoCAD mobile app

Installation and customisation

TrustedDWG™ technology

High-resulotion monitor support

Migration tool

CUI customisation

Secure load

Action recorder

Multi-user (network) license sharing

Sysvar monitor

Tools for managing CAD standards

Application Programming Interface

Autodesk App Store

Autodesk desktop app

AutoCAD 2021 System Requirements

System requirements for AutoCAD 2021 (Windows)

Operating System

64-bit OS that follows Autodesk's Product Support Lifecycle policy

Processor

Basic: 2.5–2.9 GHz processor
Recommended: 3+ GHz processor
Multiple processors: Supported by the application

Memory

Basic: 8 GB
Recommended: 16 GB

Display Resolution

Conventional Displays:
1920 x 1080 with True Color

High Resolution & 4K Displays:
Resolutions up to 3840 x 2160 supported on Windows 10, 64 bit systems (with capable display card)

Display Card

Basic: 1 GB GPU with 29 GB/s Bandwidth and DirectX 11 compliant
Recommended: 4 GB GPU with 106 GB/s Bandwidth and DirectX 11 compliant

Disk Space

7 GB

Network

Deployment via Deployment Wizard.

The license server and all workstations that will run applications dependent on network licensing must run TCP/IP protocol.

Either Microsoft® or Novell TCP/IP protocol stacks are acceptable. Primary login on workstations may be Netware or Windows.

In addition to operating systems supported for the application, the license server will run on Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2016, and Windows Server 2012 R2 editions

Pointing Device

MS-Mouse Compliant

.NET Framework

.NET Framework version 4.8 or later

System requirements for AutoCAD for Mac 2021

Operating System

Apple macOS Catalina v10.15
Apple macOS Mojave v10.14
Apple macOS High Sierra v10.13

Model

Basic: Apple Mac Pro 4.1, MacBook Pro 5.1, iMac 8.1, Mac mini 3.1, MacBook Air MacBook 5.1
Recommended: Apple Mac models supporting Metal Graphics Engine

CPU Type

64-bit Intel CPU
Recommended: Intel Core i7 or higher

Memory

Basic: 4 GB
Recommended: 8 GB or higher

Display Resolution

Basic: 1280 x 800 display
High Resolution: 2880 x 1800 with Retina Display

Display Card

Recommended: Mac native installed graphics cards

Disk Space

3 GB free disk space for download and installation

Pointing Device

Apple-compliant Mouse, Apple-compliant Trackpad, Microsoft-compliant mouse

Disk Format

APFS, APFS (Encrypted), Mac OS Extended (Journaled), Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted)

Additional Requirements for large datasets, point clouds, and 3D modeling

Memory

8 GB RAM or more

Disk Space

6 GB free hard disk available, not including installation requirements

Display Card

1920 x 1080 or greater True Color video display adapter; 128 MB VRAM or greater; Pixel Shader 3.0 or greater; Direct3D®-capable workstation class graphics card.

Note: 64-bit Operating Systems are recommended if you are working with large datasets, point clouds and 3D modeling and required if you are using Model Documentation or Point Clouds.

Specialised Toolsets

Toolset

Additional Requirements

AutoCAD Plant 3D

Disk Space: 10GB

AutoCAD Map 3D

  • Disk Space: 16GB
  • Memory: 16GB
  • Database & FDO Requirements (see below)

AutoCAD Architecture

Disk Space: 12GB

AutoCAD Electrical

  • Disk Space: 12GB
  • Microsoft Access Database Engine 2016 Redistributable (x64)

AutoCAD MEP

Disk Space: 12GB

AutoCAD Mechanical

Disk Space: 7GB

AutoCAD Raster Design

Disk Space: 16GB

AutoCAD Map 3D Additional Requirements

FDO Provider Requirements

FDO Provider

Certified With

Notes

Microsoft SQL Server

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Standard and Enterprise Editions
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Standard and Enterprise Editions
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Standard and Enterprise Editions
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2019 Standard and Enterprise Editions

Industry Models also support the versions of Microsoft SQL Server listed on the left.

Oracle 11g Release 2

  • Oracle 11.2.0.4.0
  • Oracle Express, Standard, and Enterprise Editions

Industry Models also support the same Oracle versions as listed on the left.

Oracle 12c Release 2

  • Oracle 12.2.0.1.0
    Standard Edition and Enterprise Edition

Industry Models also support the same Oracle versions as listed on the left.

Oracle 18c

  • Oracle 18.3
    Standard Edition 2 and Enterprise Edition

Industry Models also support the same Oracle versions as listed on the left.

Oracle 19c

  • Oracle 19.3
    Standard Edition 2 and Enterprise Edition

Industry Models also support the same Oracle versions as listed on the left.

Raster

DEM, JPG2K, DTED, MrSID®, ECW, PNG, ESRI® Grid, TIFF, JPEG, ESRI® ASCII

 

Autodesk SDF

3.0

 

ESRI ArcGIS

  • ARCGIS® 10.7.1
  • ARCGIS® 10.6.1
  • ARCGIS® 10.5

This Provider requires ESRI licensed components to be installed on client system.

MySQL

8.0

 

ODBC

The FDO ODBC provider has been tested with corresponding versions of ODBC drivers that are shipped with the relevant supported operating systems version.

 

OGC WMS

WMS 1.3.0

 

OGC WMTS

WMTS 1.0.0

 

OGC WFS

WFS 2.0.0

 

SQLite

SQLite 3.27.2

 

PostgreSQL

PostgreSQL 9.5 + PostGIS 2.2

 

ODBC Drivers

Tested Versions

Microsoft® Access® Driver (*.mdb, *.accdb)

Microsoft Access database engine 2016 (English) 16.00.4513.1000

Microsoft® Excel® Driver (*.xls, *xlsx, *.xlsm, *.xlsb)

Microsoft Access database engine 2016 (English) 16.00.4513.1000

MySQL® ODBC 8.0 Driver

8.00.13.00

SQL Server®

10.00.18362.01

Oracle® in OraClient19Home1

19.00.00.00

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See Also:
Certified hardware for AutoCAD – Use this tool to find recommended graphics hardware and drivers. Autodesk tests graphics
hardware and drivers for a number of Autodesk products. Please note that not all Autodesk products participate in graphic hardware
certification.

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