I would like to know if there are any free (for commercial use) software packages that roughly correlate to the functionality in AutoCAD Map. Specifically, I am looking for something that is:

  • Commandline based.
  • Opens .dwg and possibly .dgn files.
  • Can generate world files for raster georeferencing.
  • Optional: Civil 3d functionality such as alignment and profile generation.
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    +1 - Thanks for posting this question. It saved me the trouble of doing so myself and/or having to search online, read reviews -----------> Cheers
    – Dano
    Commented Aug 13, 2011 at 16:18

4 Answers 4


Draftsight http://www.3ds.com/products/draftsight/draftsight-overview/

or even better

DoubleCAD http://www.doublecad.com/Products/DoubleCADXTv3/tabid/1100/Default.aspx

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    That's great! I had no idea about doublecad.
    – WolfOdrade
    Commented Dec 17, 2010 at 16:46
  • Thanks! I have been evaluating both of those, and I have found that Draftsight runs smoothly and can open more of my large files.
    – jvangeld
    Commented Dec 20, 2010 at 17:46
  • Glad to help and you got the result you wanted
    – Mapperz
    Commented Dec 20, 2010 at 18:04
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    Another project, sourceforge.net/projects/librecad derivated from QCAD
    – ThomasG77
    Commented Jan 1, 2011 at 23:34
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    There is Free Personal option for DoubleCad while you can only use DraftSight demo for free.
    – pnz1337
    Commented Oct 9, 2019 at 18:46

You should try Kosmo http://www.opengis.es/ it reads DXF/DWG (version 2000 only) and DGN you can georeference rasters and has some CAD functionalities profile generation can be done with Sextante it is shipped with Kosmo. It is open source


You can have a look in GvSIG (OADE version), it starts to have good build-in tools for CAD, so :

  • it has a command line tools to edit every points (with some topology functions)
  • it opens .dwg, .dxf and .dgn files
  • it generates world files for raster georeferencing
  • it integrates like Kosmo, Sextante and now Grass for the OADE version so you can make profile

GvSIG exists in two flavour and both are opensource : original and OADE (derivated from original and with some extra features)

Regarding the others tools I discover with Mapperz link, you will just have to use GvSIG + a true CAD tool.

Do you choice :)

  • Thanks, Thomas, I didn't realize that GvSIG had all of those features.
    – jvangeld
    Commented Dec 20, 2010 at 17:45

This is a good plugin QAD for QGIS


which can be a good alternative to AutoCAD tools in the free version.

You have the command prompt and drawing tools.

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There is additional information here


as well as the other CAD tools available, about which you can read & watch below


read AutoCAD section

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaVaGGcgO0w&ab_channel=GeoRGB QGIS CAD tools for editing

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