How to Convert a DWG file to PDF?

DWG files are closely associated with CAD (computer-aided design) programs. Originally named as an abbreviation for the word drawing, it’s a file that contains two and three-dimensional vector graphics. Typically, drafters, architects, and engineers use DWG files to develop design sketches.

If you need to share a DWG file with someone who might not have the CAD software to open it, you can convert DWG to PDF before sending your file. This will make it easier for your client or teammate to access and view the design you created in the DWG format.

How to convert a dwg file to pdf with AutoCAD?

There are many commands and methods in AutoCAD that you can use to produce PDF files. Use these guidelines to select the most appropriate method.

OperationRecommended Command/Workflow
Export model space or a single layout to a PDF fileThe PLOT or EXPORTPDF command
Export all layouts of a drawing to a PDF fileThe EXPORTPDF command
Export selected layouts of a drawing to PDFThe PUBLISH command
Export model space and selected layouts to PDFThe PUBLISH command
Export multiple drawing files to PDFThe PUBLISH command
Export a sheet set to a PDF fileThe Publish to PDF option in the Sheet Set Manager

How to convert a dwg file to pdf with AutoDWG Programs?

AutoDWG offers several programs that convert dwg to pdf, such as DWGSeePro, DWGSeeCAD, DWG to PDF Converter. Additionally, AutoDWG offers advanced features such as batch conversion, which allows users to convert multiple files at once, significantly increasing productivity.


DWGSee CAD is a popular dwg viewer, you can use DWGSee CAD to open the dwg file, and then click print button to Print DWG as PDF.

DWGSee CAD also supports Export DWG to pdf, you may just click export botton to choose pdf, and then you can follow the steps to convert dwg to pdf.

AutoDWG DWG to PDF Converter

AutoDWG DWG to PDF Converter Key features:

  • Batch conversion of multiple files in one go with Batch Mode;
  • Convert specific layout or layer;
  • Retain the TTF, True Type Fonts, to make them searchable in PDF;
  • Support for permissions such as printing, clipboard copying, and modifying;
  • Manage line width and support CTB file import;
  • Support OLE entity;
  • Customized watermark support in PDF (Pro only).
  • Command-line support for Server version.

How to convert a dwg file to pdf with Adobe PDF Maker?

PDFMaker is an Acrobat feature that operates within many business applications, such as Microsoft Office applications, AutoCAD, and Lotus Notes. When you install Acrobat, PDFMaker controls appear in the work area of the authoring application.

Use PDFMaker to convert AutoCAD files from within the AutoCAD application. You can also use the Batch Conversion feature to convert many AutoCAD files in one operation. Even if you don’t have AutoCAD, you can convert AutoCAD files to PDF from Acrobat.

Acrobat PDFMaker allows you to preserve selected layers and layouts when converting AutoCAD files to PDF.

  1. In Acrobat, from the top menu bar, select Create. Then choose Single file Select a file > Create.
  2. (Optional) From the Files Of Type menu, select Autodesk AutoCAD, then click the Settings button and change the conversion settings as needed.
  3. Locate and select the AutoCAD file.
  4. If the Adobe PDF Settings For Autodesk AutoCAD Documents dialog box appears, specify the settings as needed, and click OK.

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How to batch convert dwg files to pdf?

AutoCAD Publish

You can assemble a collection of drawings and create a paper or an electronic drawing set. Electronic drawing sets are saved as PDF files.

If you enter +PUBLISH at the Command prompt, you can select an existing Drawing Set Descriptions (DSD) file from the Select List of Sheets dialog box (a standard file selection dialog box). The Publish dialog box opens and displays the drawing set saved in the DSD file under Sheets to Publish.

  1. If the list of drawings to publish is not displayed:
    1. Click Output tab > Plot panel > Batch Plot
    2. In the Publish dialog box
    3. In the Load List of Sheets dialog box, locate the *.dsd file that lists the drawings to publish, and click Load.
  2. In the Publish to drop-down list, select PDF.
  3. In the PDF Preset drop-down list, select the type of PDF file you want.
  4. In the Publish Options information section, verify whether the options selected by default are correct. If not:
    1. Click Publish Options.
    2. Specify the settings for the PDF file. Note: To produce a single multi-page PDF file, select Multi-Sheet File. To produce multiple single-page PDF files, clear Multi-Sheet File.
    3. Click OK.
  5. Click Publish.

Adobe PDF

  1. Choose Adobe PDF > Batch Conversion.
  2. Specify your preferences for layers, page size, plot style, and output PDFs. Click Conversion Settings to specify the Acrobat PDFMaker settings.
  3. In the DWG List, do any of the following:
    • Click Add Folder or Add Files, and then specify the folder or files.
    • To load a previously saved list of files, click Append List, and then specify the list.
    • As needed, expand individual files and select or deselect the items you want, such as model space and layouts. To exclude or include all model space, click the associated buttons.
    • To exclude a file from the conversion, deselect the file box. As needed, select or deselect all of the files in the list, change the order of the files, remove files, or clear the list.
    • To show the complete file paths, select Expand File Name(s).
    • To save the DWG list for later use, click Save List. This action saves the list in its current state, including the file order and file selections. You can retrieve this list at any time by clicking Append List.
  4. Click Convert.
  5. Once the conversion has finished, you can click Save Details to save a log file of the conversion.

DWGSee CAD Batch Print

Run DWGSee CAD and click “File/Batch Print”, then move to tab “Print Files” to add the drawings to print as pdf.

AutoDWG DWG to PDF Converter

You can add files or select a folder to batch convert with the converter.

Select files to convert
Select a Folder to Convert

How to convert dwg files to pdf with AutoDWG command line?

In command line, enter “D2P.exe [/Input file or folder] [/Output file or folder] [/IncSubFolder] [/AutoDWG
configuration file]” to call the DWG to PDF converter in command line. Please enter “D2P.exe /?” first to refer to the D2P syntax

Convert Office.dwg to Office.PDF
d2p.exe /InFile D:\My Drawings\Office.DWG /OutFile D:\Output\Office.PDF

Please note, only AutoDWG DWG to PDF Server Version supports command line.

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