Open Drawing says Incompatible Version

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Hi there,

I have this compatibility issue when I want to open a drawing file created with an older version of AutoCAD. The program from the error-DWG TrueView is not working at all, or I didn’t use it properly. Can anyone help me please to fix this error ? How can I make the proper conversion that will work ?

Thank you !

Open Drawing – Incompatible Version

The drawing file could not be opened because it was created with a more recent version of AutoCAD

To convert this drawing file to an earlier file format, download DWG TrueView from the Autodesk website,


Answered By 590495 points N/A #166060

Open Drawing says Incompatible Version


I thought when you said that you cannot open an AutoCAD drawing because the file was created using an older AutoCAD I thought this is really the case. But it turns out that it is the other way around. Here’s a short information about file compatibility. For example, you have a file or an AutoCAD drawing created using AutoCAD 2013.

That AutoCAD file can be opened using AutoCAD 2013 and earlier like AutoCAD 2012, 2011, and so on. But in your case, it is different. The file you want to open was created using a much higher version of AutoCAD if not the latest version. For example, you are running AutoCAD 2012 and the file in question here was created using AutoCAD 2014.

If this is the case, it is really impossible for you to open the file because the information or the resources needed to open the file is not available in your current AutoCAD version. Your AutoCAD will not be able to understand the contents of the file and interpreting the drawing is not possible. To fix this problem, you need to verify what version was used to create the file.

After verifying, upgrade your current AutoCAD to that version or maybe higher if it is possible to raise the level of compatibility. After the upgrade, you will now be able to open the AutoCAD drawing.

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