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This article provides the system requirements for Autodesk® AutoCAD 2016.


System requirements for AutoCAD 2016
Operating System
  • Microsoft® Windows® 10 (requires AutoCAD 2016 SP1)
  • Microsoft Windows 8/8.1
  • Microsoft Windows 7
CPU Type Minimum Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon™ 64 processor
Memory For 32-bit AutoCAD 2016:

  • 2 GB (3 GB recommended)

For 64-bit AutoCAD 2016:

  • 4 GB (8 GB recommended)
Display Resolution 1024×768 (1600×1050 or higher recommended) with True Color
Display Card Windows display adapter capable of 1024×768 with True Color capabilities. DirectX® 9 or DirectX 11 compliant card recommended.
Disk Space Installation 6.0 GB
Pointing Device MS-Mouse compliant device
Media (DVD) Download and installation from DVD
Browser Windows Internet Explorer® 9.0 (or later)
.NET Framework .NET Framework Version 4.5
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.

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 1600×1050 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.
VMware: Recommended Level Configuration 1
VMware Software VMware Horizon 6.1 or later
VMware vSphere 6 or later
Virtual Machine Operating System Microsoft® Windows® 7 SP1 64-bit:
Windows 7 Enterprise, Ultimate, Professional, or Home Premium

Microsoft® Windows® 8 64-bit:
Windows 8 Enterprise, Pro, or Windows 8

Microsoft® Windows® 8.1 64-bit:
Windows 8.1 Enterprise, Pro, or Windows 8.1

Host Server Recommendation

Performance 2

CPU 3.0 GHz+ Intel® Xeon E5 or later; or AMD® equivalent with SSE2 technology
Memory 384-512 GB
Networking 10 Gb
Storage ~750+ IOPS Per User
Virtual Machine Settings

Performance 2

Memory 16-32 GB RAM
vCPUs 8 vCPUs
Disk Space Minimum 700 MB free disk space
Graphics Adapter NVIDIA GRID K260Q (2 GB) or later
Virtual Machine Connectivity Internet connection for license registration and prerequisite component download
End User Access Each client computer should have the VMware® Horizon Client installed.

1 Disclaimer: The VMware application is network-based and performance of AutoCAD for VMware software products may vary with network performance. The software does not include the VMware application, nor does Autodesk provide direct support for issues with the VMware application. Users should contact VMware directly with questions related to procurement and operation of the VMware application.


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