Is the Free Version of DraftSight still available?

Can I try DraftSight for free?

Yes, you can download and start a 30-day free trial of DraftSight Premium here:

How does DraftSight compare to AutoCAD?

DraftSight Standard, Professional and Premium provide similar functionality compared with AutoCAD® and AutoCAD LT®.

I’m a student, is there a DraftSight student edition offer?

If you’re a student, DraftSight Standard is an affordable option at just $99 for a 12-month subscription. Visit to purchase.

If you’re an educational institution, DraftSight offers Enterprise Plus for Education, which consists of Classroom Packs and Campus Packs. To purchase, please contact your reseller or visit to request a quote.

If I have DraftSight Professional, can I upgrade to Premium or downgrade to Standard?

You’re able to upgrade at any time to DraftSight Premium by purchasing a new subscription online, or to DraftSight Enterprise and Enterprise Plus by contacting your reseller to purchase (subscription or non-subscription). At this time we do not offer downgrade ability. Visit to upgrade.

How can I add more licenses to my existing subscription?

Today we recommend starting a new subscription for the additional licenses you need now. While we are working to provide pro-rated co-termed additional licenses we don’t yet support adding additional licenses to an existing subscription.

Alternatively, if you would like your additional license to be added to your existing subscription you can respond to your renewal reminder email sent 1 month before the subscription is set to renew and we can manually update the subscription at that time for you to include the additional licenses.

How can I get a discount coupon code for DraftSight?

To place an order for licenses of DraftSight you can begin at

You can pay by credit card, PayPal or wire transfer. We do not offer discounts for DraftSight Standard, Professional or Premium at this time.

How do I renew DraftSight?

When you purchase DraftSight online, you are purchasing a subscription that automatically renews after the purchased term expires. One month before your renewal you will receive a notice regarding how to pay for your renewal. You can opt-out of the automatic renewal by managing your subscription which you can do from your purchase confirmation.

To check your order status use the order look up:

Can I keep using DraftSight after I cancel my Subscription?

If you cancel your subscription it stops the auto-billing for your renewal.

This means you will not be notified or billed for your renewal as you are signaling that you do not wish to renew it.

When you purchase you buy a 12-month term license that enables you to use DraftSight and activate each license key purchased on at most 1 machine concurrently. Each license can be transferred from one machine to another by first deactivating and then reactivating as long as the license is valid.


Can I install and use DraftSight on more than one computer?

You can install DraftSight on any machine that meets the installation requirements. 

Each software license enables one machine to be active at a time while the license is valid. To use DraftSight on more than one machine you have two options: 1. Purchase and activate one license per machine. 2. Transfer one license between two machines. You will need to deactivate the license on the current machine before attempting to reactivate on a new machine.

How do I activate DraftSight?

Upon the first launch of DraftSight after a new installation, you will be walked through an Activation Wizard. You will need your serial number and internet access to activate. In addition to an instant and automatic activation, you may also choose the manual email activation. Once DraftSight is up and running, you can also click on “Activate DraftSight…” under the Help menu to launch the Activation Wizard.

Please visit the DraftSight Community wiki page and DraftSight Activation post for more details:

Does DraftSight support Windows 7?

Microsoft will end the support for Windows 7 in January 2020.

Therefore, DraftSight 2020 will be the last release supporting Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit), Window 8.1 (32 and 64 bit) and Mac 10.12 (Sierra). Please upgrade your operating system if you plan to use DraftSight 2021 or future releases.

What are the DraftSight System Requirements?


  • 64-bit version: Microsoft® Windows® 7 Service Pack 1, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10
  • 32-bit version: Microsoft Windows 7 Service Pack 1
  • Intel® Core™ 2 Duo, or AMD® Athlon™ x2 Dual-Core processor
  • 500 MB free hard disk space depending on accessory applications installed
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 3D Graphics accelerator card with OpenGL version 1.4
  • Display with 1280 x 768 pixels resolution
  • Mouse


  • 64-bit version: Microsoft Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10
  • 32-bit version: Microsoft Windows 7 Service Pack 1
  • Intel Core i5 processor, AMD Athlon/Phenom™ x4 processor, or better
  • 1 GB free hard disk space depending on accessory applications installed
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 3D Graphics accelerator card with OpenGL version 3.2 or better
  • Full HD monitor
  • Wheel mouse, or 3D mouse

Where can I find Online Help for DraftSight Product Support?

Visit the Online Help for DraftSight here:

Visit the DraftSight Community to ask questions, get answers and connect with the Community.

I’m a Mac or Linux user, can I use DraftSight?

DraftSight 2020 will support the latest Mac OS, Catalina.

The prior Linux Beta version concluded on January 1st, 2020. Meanwhile we have been working on a more flexible and scalable solution for customers, DraftSight Cloud.