How to convert DXF to PDF.

A man uses a laptop to convert DXF to PDF.

Here’s a quick and easy way to convert a Drawing Exchange Format (DXF) file into a PDF so it can be easily viewed on a desktop computer and other devices.

There are many file formats used in the design field, and Drawing Exchange Format, or DXF, is just one of them. DXF is a unique file format that allows you to draw and edit digital designs, as well as share them with other design programs.

Because these files are specific to the design world, not everyone may be familiar with them. This can be troublesome when it comes to sharing information. In a few simple steps, though, you can make a DXF shareable by creating a PDF so it’s easier for others to access, view, and edit.

How to convert DXF to PDF

With Adobe Acrobat on your desktop, it only takes five easy steps to convert a DXF into a PDF format.

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  1. In Acrobat, select Tools, then Create PDF.
  2. Upload your DXF file.
  3. Click or tap on Create. This converts your selected file to a PDF.
  4. Save your PDF to your desired location.

Or, you can use the Adobe Acrobat online Convert PDF tool instead.

  1. Click the “Select a file” button.
  2. Drag or upload your DXF file into the drop zone.
  3. Adobe Acrobat will automatically convert the file to PDF.
  4. Download the PDF or sign into your Adobe account to share it.

Batch convert DXF to PDF.

Adobe Acrobat can help you convert multiple DXF files to PDF as well. You can convert multiple files so that they each become their own PDF, or you can combine them all into one PDF. Follow these steps to batch convert DXF to PDF:

  1. Choose Create from the File menu.
  2. Choose Combine Files into a Single PDF or Create Multiple PDF Files.
  3. Add your DXF files.
  4. Click or tap on Create. This converts your files to a PDF or multiple PDFs.
  5. Save your PDF or PDFs to your desired location.

Learning how to batch convert DXF to PDF allows you to conveniently share multiple design files with anyone, regardless of whether they have a design program on their device.

Is there an open source option to convert DXF to PDF?

There are several different open source file conversion software options for converting DXF to PDF. Some are completely free and some have limits on how many files you can convert for free, requiring payment after the limit is met. Open source software might be a good option for you to convert DXF to PDF, especially if you only want to convert a few files, and if you don’t have security concerns about those particular files. When a converter is open source, anyone can tap in to help improve it and fix bugs or add features. Unfortunately, however, bad actors can also tap into the code, posing a security threat. Despite their flexibility, open source converters might be harder to use than closed source converters, and they won’t have the same support options. If your priorities for conversion software include user-friendliness, security, and customer support, you will want to find other software besides open source software.

PDF sharing made easy.

When you take a moment to convert design files to a PDF, you’re creating a file that you can easily share with others without any hindrance in your workflow. Explore what more you can do with Acrobat to make working with PDFs fast and easy. Discover how easy it is to make changes to PDF files such as extracting pages, rotating PDFs, splitting PDF files into multiple documents, and more.