The newest release of AutoCAD, codenamed "Nautilus" with official release March 21, 2016.

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This page is continually being updated. Welcome back for more about AutoCAD 2017.

This is the 31th version of AutoCAD.

Previous AutoCAD version AutoCAD 2016.

New and/or enhanced functions

New and/or enhanced functions

File format

The DWG file format is the same as in AutoCAD 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016: "AutoCAD 2013 Drawing". The DXF file format is also the same.

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Smooth Migration

Migration is now easier to manage. A new migration interface organizes AutoCAD customization settings into groups and categories from which you can generate a migration summary report.

AutoCAD 2017 Migrate Custom Settings

PDF Support

You can import the geometry, fills, raster images, and TrueType text from a PDF file into the current drawing. The PDF data can come from either an attached PDF in the current drawing, or from any specified PDF file. The precision of the data is limited by the precision of the PDF file and of the supported object types. Some properties such as PDF scale, layers, lineweights, and colors can be preserved. SHX fonts in PDF files are not supported for PDF import. 
Primary command: PDFIMPORT


The PDFSHX system variable controls whether text objects using SHX fonts are stored in PDF files as comments when you export a drawing as a PDF file.

Share Design Views

You can publish design views to a secure, anonymous location within Autodesk A360. You can share views of your design by forwarding a generated link to the people that you specify without releasing the DWG file itself. Access to these views is provided by any supported web browser, and does not require recipients to have an Autodesk A360 account or install any additional software. Supported browsers include Chrome, Firefox, and other browsers that support WebGL 3D graphics.


And see it in Autodesk A360 like this sample.

A360 Viewer

Associative Center Marks and Centerlines

You can create center marks that are associated with arcs and circles, and centerlines that are associated with selected line and polyline segments. For compatibility, this new feature does not replace your current methods, but are provided as an alternative.

AutoCAD 2017 Associative Center Marks and Centerlines 1

You can disassociate centerlines and center marks from objects using the CENTERDISASSOCIATE command. Use the CENTERREASSOCIATE command to reassociate centerlines and center marks with selected objects.

AutoCAD 2017 Associative Center Marks and Centerlines 2

How does it work if these new center marks and centerlines are used in older versions of AutoCAD? When opening the drawing they will show up good. When listed they will show up as anonymous blocks. When moved and the drawing is saved and then opened in AutoCAD 2017 they will have become disassociated but can be reassociated again with the CENTERREASSOCIATE command.

Coordination Model: Osnap Support

You can specify precise locations on an attached coordination model using the standard 2D endpoint and center object snaps. This feature is available only for 64-bit AutoCAD.
Primary system variable: CMOSNAP

User Interface

Several conveniences were added to improve your user experience.

Several dialog boxes are now resizable: APPLOAD, ATTEDIT, CLASSICGROUP, DWGPROPS, EATTEDIT, INSERT, LAYERSTATE, Move or Copy Layout dialog box, PAGESETUP, and VBALOAD.

The preview areas are expanded in several dialog boxes used for attaching files, and saving and opening drawings. The link to Buzzsaw in the Places list is removed.

You can set LTGAPSELECTION system variable to 1 to be able to select objects in the gaps of dotted or dashed linetype as if they were set to a continuous linetype or even snap to the gaps. Hardware acceleration must be turned on. This does not work with special linetypes like GAS_LINE.

You can choose whether to use the AutoCAD crosshairs cursor or the Windows arrow cursor in the drawing area using the CURSORTYPE system variable.

You can specify the delay timing for basic tooltips in the Options dialog box, Display tab.

You can easily send your 3D models from AutoCAD to Autodesk Print Studio for automatic final preparation prior to 3D printing. Print Studio support includes Ember,

Autodesk's high-precision, production-quality (25-micron surface finish) manufacturing solution. This feature is available only for 64-bit AutoCAD.

The Insert dialog box is enlarged and reorganized to display a larger preview image and more characters in the Name field. You can resize the Insert dialog box to display larger preview images. The Name field in the INSERT dialog box now supports AutoComplete. As you begin typing a block name it automatically fills in the rest of the name, minimizing the need for you to scroll through the block list.

Column sizing is now remembered on the Custom tab in DWGPROPS dialog box.

A message displays if you try to delete selected objects using the Delete Key when the PICKFIRST system variable is set to zero.

Performance Enhancements

The performance and reliability of 3DORBIT has been improved for rendered visual styles, especially for models with a large number of small blocks containing edges and facets.

The performance of 2D panning and zooming operations has been improved by taking advantage of the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU). First, linetypes that include only dashes and dots are now generated by the GPU, rather than relying on the CPU to create the individual parts. Second, graphics are now cached (retained) in GPU memory, which can make pan and zoom operations significantly faster.

Graphics caching is controlled by the hidden system variable 2DRETAINMODE. By default, 2DRETAINMODE is enabled (set to 1). If you have a problem with graphics performance, you can set it to zero to see whether the problem is due to caching.

The visual quality (line smoothing) for linetypes has been improved. Dots in linetypes are also easier to see.

Line smoothing is supported during the preview of the just as they will appear after the operation is completed.

The appearance of closely spaced parallel hatch lines is improved for more consistent line spacing.

The performance of object snapping has been improved by skipping geometric center (GCEN) computation for polylines with a huge number of segments. See PLINEGCENMAX system variable.

AutoCAD Security

Any files in the Program Files folder tree that are under the operating system's UAC protection are now trusted. This trust is indicated by displaying the implicitly trusted paths in Trusted Paths UI and graying them out. Also, the AutoCAD code itself continues to be hardened against more sophisticated attacks.

License Manager

There is a new License Manager making it easier to change between license types and save your work when a network license loses connection with the License Manager.
You no longer choose your license type and enter a serial number during the install process. Instead, you select it when you first launch AutoCAD. You choose between Stand-alone (Enter a Serial Number) and Use Network license.

AutoCAD 2017 Select License Type

A new option in the Infocenter menu provides access to the License Manager where you can view information about the software license and well as installed Plug-ins, Add-ons, and Extensions. You can also change the type of license. For example, you can change from a network license or stand-alone (serial number) to another license type.

AutoCAD 2017 Change License Type

If you are using a network license and you lose your connection to the license server a message is displayed indicating that the connection was lost. In the message, you can choose to have AutoCAD save your drawings and then shut down, or while time is still available, you can go back to AutoCAD to manually save your work. The timer to automatically shut down AutoCAD doesn’t start until you dismiss the message. 

Whenever you change your license type, AutoCAD releases the license, and prompts you to save your work and quit. If you choose to continue working, a six-minute timer starts counting down. The message is repeated at the four- and two-minute marks. Each time you choose to continue working, the clock continues its countdown until it closes automatically.

If you choose to save drawings and quit, you’re prompted only for unnamed open drawings.  All other drawings are automatically saved.

Software licensing in AutoCAD 2017 is cloud-based and you must connect to the network license server at least once every:

  • Thirty (30) days when using a serial number
  • Six (6) months when using a network license (assuming you borrowed the license from the server for six months)

Autodesk desktop app

The new Autodesk desktop app window is automatically displayed after the install is complete. An Autodesk desktop app shortcut is installed on the window’s desktop and taskbar for easy access later.

AutoCAD 2017 Autodesk desktop app

Autodesk desktop app is a content delivery solution. The desktop component installs with Microsoft Windows®-based Autodesk 2017 products and suites. It replaces the previous in-product update components and the Autodesk Application Manager.

Autodesk desktop app keeps Autodesk Subscription customers informed of product updates, new releases, new features, and special subscriber-only learning and training materials, as they become available. Autodesk desktop app also delivers and applies critical security patches for all 2015 Autodesk products onwards. 

For more details see this article.

Miscellaneous Changes

The HPLAYER system variable can now be set to a nonexistent layer for new hatches and fills. The layer is created when the next hatch or fill is created.

The DIMLAYER system variable is now used by all dimensioning commands.

The TEXTEDIT command now automatically repeats. Use TEXTEDITMODE system variable to control the behaviour.

Unnecessary tooltips have been removed from the Quick Select and Purge dialog boxes.

A new unit setting, US Survey Feet, has been added to the list of insertion scales in the UNITS command. INSUNITS has been updated.

The Content Explorer has been removed.

AutoCAD 2017 no longer uses RGB value 192, 192, 192 as a transparent icon background. Instead, it's recommended that you convert these bitmap images to transparent PNG images. No support for BMP with transparent color in AutoCAD 2017

AutoCAD 2017.1 Update

• PDF Import enhancements

• Improved Text to Mtext conversion

• Off-screen selection

• Improved linetype gap selection

• Improved support for high resolution displays

• Improved performance for 3D navigation

See more on the blog post AutoCAD 2017.1 Update

API and more for Programmers

AutoCAD 2017 is a binary breaking release and, as a result, apps that used to work on AutoCAD 2016 may not work on AutoCAD 2017. It will depend upon the type of API used for your app.

For ObjectARX (C++, .arx apps) you must recompile the application using Visual studio 2015 (platform tool kit V140). All the old ‘20’ lib versions have changed to ‘21’ versions. 

For .NET some apps will not work on AutoCAD 2017 if they make calls to APIs that have changed in this release. If the app doesn’t work you must refactor and recompile the App using .NET framework 4.5.

For LISP apps should work on AutoCAD 2017 without change.

Use Visual Studio 2015 for .NET development but it might work with som of the older versions too.

.NET applications should target Framework 4.5 but can in some cases work with an older version.

AutoCAD Type Library: acax21enu.tlb for English. acax21<language>.tlb

AutoCAD/ObjectDBX Type Library: axdb21enu.tlb for English. axdb21<language>.tlb

Other AutoCAD ActiveX Library References: AcSmComponents21.tlb, acETransmit19.tlb, cao20enu.tlb (English).

Version number incremented to R21.0 from R20.1.


VBA 7.1 is the version of VBA.

Available as a separate download.


Additions and changes made to the ActiveX API in AutoCAD 2017 and AutoCAD 2017-based products.

AcInsertUnits (Changed)
acInsertUnitsUSSurveyFeet = 21 (New)
acInsertUnitsUSSurveyInch = 22 (New)
acInsertUnitsUSSurveyYard = 23 (New)
acInsertUnitsUSSurveyMile = 24 (New)

Version number of the class has been incremented from 20 to 21; use the ProgID AutoCAD.AcCmColor.21.
Version number of the class has been incremented from 20 to 21; use the ProgID AutoCAD.Application.21.
ProgID AutoCAD.Application.20.1 is now obsolete.
Version number of the class has been incremented from 20 to 21; use the ProgID AutoCAD.AcadLayerStateManager.21.
Version number of the class has been incremented from 20 to 21; use the ProgID AutoCAD.SecurityParams.21.
IAcadShadowDisplay (Obsolete)
EnableShadowDisplay - Property (Obsolete)
ShadowDisplay - Property (Obsolete)


What's New in .NET ObjectARX for AutoCAD 2017.

New in Autodesk.AutoCAD.Customization

CustomizationSection.CUIParseError Property Retrieves list of parsing errors for debugging purposes. Previously, no records of parse errors are stored.
RibbonItemCollection.Contains Method (string) Determines if collection contains element by UID.
RibbonRowPanel.IsValidChildType Method This .NET method wraps the ObjectARX method.

New in Autodesk.AutoCAD.DatabaseServices

AssocDependencyBody.ErasedOverride Method Called from the corresponding persistent reactor callback method of the parent AssocDependency class that owns this dependency body object. It does not need to be overridden.
Database.IsBeingDestroyed Property Finds out if this database is in the process of being destroyed.
DwgFiler.ExtendedMinorVersion Property Gets the drawing file minor version.
DxfFiler.ExtendedMinorVersion Property Gets the drawing file minor version.

New in Autodesk.Windows.Palettes

PaletteTheme.ToolbarBackgroundColor Property Gets toolbar background color value.
PaletteTheme.ToolbarCloseButtonColor Property Gets ToolbarCloseButtonColor value.
PaletteTheme.ToolbarGripBackgroundColor Property Gets ToolbarGripBackgroundColorProperty value.
PaletteTheme.ToolbarGripDarkDotColor Property Gets ToolbarGripDarkDotColorProperty value.
PaletteTheme.ToolbarGripLightDotColor Property Gets ToolbarGripLightDotColorProperty value.
PaletteTheme.ToolbarRolloverBorderColor Property Gets ToolbarRolloverBorderColorProperty value.


AutoCAD 2017 System requirements


Operating System
  • Microsoft® Windows® 10
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Update KB2919355
  • Microsoft Windows 7 SP1
CPU Type 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
Memory For 32-bit AutoCAD 2017:
  • 2 GB (3 GB recommended)
For 64-bit AutoCAD 2017:
  • 4 GB (8 GB recommended)
Display Resolution 1360x768 (1600x1050 or higher recommended) with True Color.
125% Desktop Scaling (120 DPI) or less recommended.
Display Card Windows display adapter capable of 1360x768 with True Color capabilities and DirectX® 9 ¹. DirectX 11 compliant card recommended.
Disk Space Installation 6.0 GB
Pointing Device MS-Mouse compliant
Digitizer WINTAB support
Media (DVD) Download and installation from DVD
Browser Windows Internet Explorer® 9.0 (or later)
.NET Framework .NET Framework Version 4.6
ToolClips Media Player Adobe Flash Player v10 or up
Network Deployment via Deployment Wizard.

The license server and all workstations that will run applications dependent on network licensing must run TCP/IP protocol.

Either Microsoft® or Novell TCP/IP protocol stacks are acceptable. Primary login on workstations may be Netware or Windows.

In addition to operating systems supported for the application, the license server will run on the Windows Server® 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows 2008 R2 Server editions.

Citrix® XenApp™ 6.5 FP1, Citrix® XenDesktop™ 5.6.

¹ DirectX 9 recommended by supported OS.


Additional Requirements for Large Datasets, Point Clouds, and 3D Modeling
Memory 8 GB RAM or greater
Disk Space 6 GB free hard disk available, not including installation requirements
Display Card 1600x1050 or greater True Color video display adapter; 128 MB VRAM or greater; Pixel Shader 3.0 or greater; Direct3D®-capable workstation class graphics card.

Note: 64-bit Operating Systems are recommended if you are working with Large Datasets, Point Clouds and 3D Modeling and required if you are using the Model Documentation feature of AutoCAD.

System requirements on Autodesk's page.

As always with system requirements these are minimal requirements for AutoCAD to run. For professional usage you surely want to have much better hardware.


FlexNet version for Autodesk Network License Manager

Autodesk recommends installing the Network License Manager in the default installation folder. Starting with version v11.13.1.2, the default installation folder has changed to C:\Autodesk\Network License Manager.

Autodesk 2017 products can obtain license from Network License Server v11.12 and above. However, it is strongly recommended to upgrade the license servers to the latest version, v11.13.1.2, when using 2017 products.
Supported operating systems for the license manager are:

  • Microsoft® Windows® Server 2012 R2 (64-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 (64-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows 10 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows 8 / 8.1 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Apple® Mac OS® X 10.11
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.10
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.9
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.8
  • Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® 7
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 

More details here.

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