AutoCAD for Mac?

by Sheena
(Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada)

Q. Hello, I am interested in becoming a CAD designer (field yet to be determined) and I was wondering if it's possible to run AutoCAD on a Mac computer?

I was looking through quite a few different college technical courses and most seem to use the AutoCAD program for CAD.

I'm sure I'll have to learn AutoCAD on a Windows platform but I was wondering I will be able to operate AutoCAD on my Macintosh as it is my preferred OS?


A. Hi Sheena, great question!

Yes, you can run AutoCAD on a Mac... BUT, you will need a third party software such as Parallels Desktop or Boot Camp.

I cannot attest to either program, but have read that Autodesk prefers Parallels software.

When using Parallels, Autodesk also fully supports:

Inventor LT
3ds Max
3ds Max Design
Revit Architecture
Revit Structure
Revit MEP

You may also want to download a free CAD trial of any of the above Autodesk products to try out for 30 days at home before starting your course.

This will give you a good feel for what you will have in store for yourself.

So AutoCAD for Mac is doable! Best of luck with your CAD training.


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Jul 11, 2010
AutoCAD on Mac!... Great to Hear!!
by: Jim Shawl

Wow, I had no idea I could run AutoCAD on my Mac.

I heard Autodesk discontinued support for the Mac about 10 years ago.

This is great news for me because I loves my Mac!

Does anybody know how stable Parallels software is?

Thanks for the info : )

Sep 04, 2010
AutoCad for the Mac is back!
by: Alan

You can now order AutoCad for the Mac once more.

Autodesk has announced a native version of AutoCad is available once again for the Mac.

Sep 07, 2010
Pre Order AutoCAD for Map
by: Anonymous

It's going to be available soon.

Here is some information on pre-odering AutoCAD for the Macintosh computer:

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