How to open a DXF file in CorelDRAW

Is your DXF file not opening in CorelDRAW? Learn how to open a DXF file using CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite with these simple steps.

How to open a DXF file in CorelDRAW

6 steps to open a DXF file into CorelDRAW

  1. Launch CorelDRAW

    Open CorelDRAW.

  2. Choose File > Open to create a new document

    Launch CorelDRAW and select New Document. Select desired canvas size and colors.

  3. Choose File > Import then select your DXF file

    The file browser will appear. Select the DXF file you want to import and click Import.

  4. Position image on canvas

    Using the cursor, select where you want the image to be placed and click and drag to position the image on the canvas.

  5. Edit your DXF file

    Make your edits to the image.

  6. Save your document

    Save the file to your desired location before closing it.

Open DXF files in CorelDRAW on Windows

CorelDRAW is compatible with:

  • Windows 11 
  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8

Open DXF files in CorelDRAW on Mac

CorelDRAW is compatible with:

  • macOS Ventura (13)
  • macOS Monterey (12)
  • macOS 10.14
  • macOS 10.13

If you want to open a DXF file, you will need to use graphic design software like CorelDRAW. Download a free trial of CorelDRAW to get started designing DXF files.

Where are DXF files used?

The DXF file format is beloved by professionals across many different industries. It is particularly valuable for projects that require seamless file sharing and high-precision outputs.

DXF files also come in handy for projects involving a multidisciplinary team.

Everyone can easily contribute their inputs to the design project regardless of their device type, CAD software, or area of expertise.

DXF was originally designed as a free alternative to a high-end file format that was available only to those that could afford it.

Today, DXF allows professionals to create highly precise images with crisp lines and intricate details. And as a vector file, DXF files can easily be scaled up and down as needed.

What is a DXF file?

DXF files are widely used by engineers and architects to create both 2D and 3D product designs.

They are mostly used across CAD programs like AutoCAD, but the file type itself is open source.

The vector file type was developed by Autodesk and is intended for designers and engineers to easily share their designs with others for collaborating on projects.

Autodesk specifically developed DXF files as a universal format in order to make them accessible in applications other than AutoCAD.

That means you don’t need to use CAD to work with a DXF file; you can open a 2D DXF file in CorelDRAW.

The interoperability of DXF files makes it easy to share across different teams so that multiple people can offer input on something without all needing to use the same software.

What are the advantages of DXF files?

There are many reasons why you should use DXF as the main file format for your graphics projects.

Here are some of the most popular benefits:

  • Open-source format: CAD software developers love supporting DXF files. You can open and manipulate DXF files with almost any CAD software you have at hand. You can even access DXF file specs online — no need to download anything.
  • Intermediate file format: Since DXF files are compatible with nearly every CAD software, it’s often used as an intermediate file format. It’s the ideal format to use when professionals from different industries (such as the automotive field) use CAD software and workflows to work on the same design project. Moreover,when converting DXF files to and from other file formats, you have the options to remove or retain certain details like hatches, fills, etc.
  • Easy to scale: Another reason for their excellent versatility is ease of scaling. Thanks to floating points that can scale up to 16-bits, you can easily expand or reduce your drawings without any quality loss with DXF files.
  • Easy parsing: Parsing is the process of breaking down DXF files into smaller components to make them easier to process for certain programs.

What are the disadvantages of DXF files?

Compared to similar file formats like DWG, DXF falls short in certain areas, which might be enough to rule it out as the best file format for your collaborative projects.

Here are some reasons you might want to consider alternatives to DXF file format:

  • Lack of support for certain CAD elements: Although you can access DXF files on most CAD software, the editing features you can use might be limited. This is mostly related to app-specific CAD elements dealing with parts that aren’t rendered in DXF format. Not only does this prevent you from accessing certain features of your files, it could also lead to data loss when converting files for different programs.
  • Large size: Like most CAD files, DXF files are usually quite hefty. In some cases, many vector elements blend into the background, remaining hidden while increasing the file’s size significantly. Also, DXF files come embedded with compressed data while DXF file contents are based on ASCII text standards.
  • Line width: Many CNC and CAD programs do not support line width. To increase the format’s compatibility, DXF’s creators removed line widths in the format’s specifications. However, some formats work around this by making the use of line width optional. 
  • Lacks support for 2D files: While it supports 3D elements, DXS lacks full support for 2D components. Also, you need to convert 3D files to other formats like STL first before printing them. DXF doesn’t support 3D printing.

What can you do with a DXF file?

DXF files are often used by engineers, architects, and other designers to create 2D and 3D drawings for products and buildings.

Most often, DXF files are used by various CAD programs, including CorelDRAW.

DXF files are used almost universally by every major CAD application program which allows teams of designers, construction managers, and architects to all work on and edit the same file no matter which program they use.

Can a DXF file contain images?

The DXF file format is the universal format used by most CAD programs. It was created to share information between CAD software and other third-party applications.

Since the DXF file format is based on ASCII, DXF files can contain images as well as text.

Are DXF files scalable?

Since the DXF file type is a vector file and made up of lines, dots, and shapes, it is able to be scaled as large as needed without losing quality.

The file also retains all of the original information after being compressed, making it an ideal file type for any size digital image ranging from website logos to large-scale print and media distribution.

CorelDRAW opens DXF files and many more file formats

We designed CorelDRAW Graphics Suite to open a wide range of file formats, including all of the following:

Download CorelDRAW to open and edit a DXF file