What are the best 2D CAD software?

asked by Jacques Moule
38 contributors
8 solutions
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    #1AutoCAD

    AutoCAD
    AutoCAD is a computer-aided design software that allows you to design every detail with 2D and 3D and share drawings across desktop, cloud, and mobile.
    Software

    Windows, Mac, iOS

    Varies by plan

    Sean Ye
    Written on September 18, 2018
    "AutoCAD has always been the number one result once you search up for CAD softwares whether 2D or 3D. So I am not that surprised that this is also the number one in this website."
  2. 5

    #2Draft IT

    Draft IT

    Draft IT is a free-to-download 2D computer-aided design software for Windows computers. It has various drawing tools and support for different metric and imperial units. This can be installed for either 32 or 64-bit version of Windows.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Phillip Murphy
    Written on September 18, 2018
    "I like this CAD better than the others because the build compatibility is specified because other software only has the operating system, not the build. I have a 32-bit Windows 10 if it helps."
  3. 4

    #3LibreCAD

    LibreCAD

    LibreCAD is an open source drafting 2D computer-aided design software which supports Windows, Linux, and Apple operating systems. Its LibreCAD 2.2.0 series requires Qt5 for it to work.

    Software

    Mac, Windows, Linux

    Free

    Li Du
    Written on September 18, 2018
    "Our professor is the one who told us that this is the software that every architecture student must have. And a fact for some people out there: Libre means Free in Filipino. So... grab your CAD now! 😁"
  1. 4

    #4nanoCAD

    nanoCAD

    nanoCAD is a software for 2D and 3D engineering and architectural drafting and drawing which directly supports DWG file format. This software features an Excel-type editor, an organized command set, and ActiveX Automation and LISP.

    Software

    Windows

    Varies by plan

    Kimberly Stevens
    Written on September 18, 2018
    "Not five stars for me. I know that this is a good program for designing, but what about the price? How will I know how much money I shall spend for this product."
  2. 3

    #5DraftSight

    DraftSight

    DraftSight is a free, two-dimension (2D) computer-aided design software for computers with Microsoft Windows operating system. With this CAD software, users can create, edit, view, and mark up DWG drawings.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Jessica Jiang
    Written on September 18, 2018
    "This can be a good CAD for me, really! But I always get annoyed because it always pushes me to get the professional version even if I don't want to. The features of the software is good, but because of the forceful marketing, I am starting to hate it."
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    #6ActCAD 2019 Professional

    ActCAD 2019 Professional

    ActCAD 2019 Professional is a software developed for 2D drafting and 3D modeling. It supports different file formats such as DWG, DXF, DGN, DWF, PDF, and more. It also lets users create and edit tables easily.

    Software

    Windows

    $399

    Murali Krishna M
    Written on November 17, 2018
    "Very easy to use interface. Native deg & DXF file support. Fully loaded functions to handle any high end professional project. Powered by latest IbtelliCAD engine. Being used in over 46 countries."
  4. 2

    #7QCAD

    QCAD

    QCAD is an open-source computer-aided drafting (CAD) software for Windows, Mac, and Linux-operated computers. Users can create 2D technical drawings for different purposes. A free version with limited features can also be downloaded.

    Software

    Linux, Windows, Mac

    $38.54- Varies by plan

    Daniel Fox
    Written on September 18, 2018
    "I think this used to be free because the QCAD that I have used back in my Macintosh, I have downloaded for free. I am one of those who was blessed with this lol. 🤣"
  5. 2

    #8BricsCAD

    BricsCAD

    BricsCAD is a drafting program developed by Bricsys NV. The BricsCAD series include the Classic which has flexible licensing; the Pro which supports LISP, VBAM BRX, & .NET; and the Platinum which has deformable and assembly modeling.

    Software

    Mac, Windows, Linux

    $590- Varies by plan

    Divya Khan
    Written on September 18, 2018
    "Can someone tell me how this software works? And if this is compatible with macOS? Thanks."

Summary

Best What are the best 2D CAD software
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1AutoCADSoftware 8 Paid
2Draft ITSoftware 5 Free
3LibreCADSoftware 4 Free
4nanoCADSoftware 4 Paid
5DraftSightSoftware 3 Free
6ActCAD 2019 ProfessionalSoftware 2 Paid
7QCADSoftware 2 Paid
8BricsCADSoftware 2 Paid
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