DXF files were developed by Autodesk and are a type of Drawing Exchange Format file. They are primarily used in order to store CAD or computer-aided design models. In other words, these files are generally used to store and represent 3D models and are used with relevant software.
There are other file formats of this type as well, such as DWG – unlike those though, DXF is actually a text-based format. It uses ASCII characters – this makes it easily compatible with a lot of relevant programs in a way that DWG isn’t.
How can you open DXF files?
Being an Autodesk file format, most programs made by the company work with it. That includes quite a wide range. Additionally, text editors can also open these files as they are text-based – you won’t be able to actively use them or even meaningfully edit them, but you can look at the text within them with editors.
What programs work with DXF files?
Autodesk Viewer and DWG Viewer are the primary programs to use here. Additionally, AutoCAD 360 Mobile can be used for this purpose as well – unsurprisingly, it’s a mobile app. Non-Autodesk programs that work with this filetype include TurboCAD, CorelCAD, ABViewer, Adobe Illustrator and ACD Systems Canvas X.