Converting Plan Files to DWG or DXF

Reference Number: KB-00013
Last Modified: December 20, 2016

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


I have a Chief Architect plan file that I need to open in AutoCAD®. How do I convert it from a .plan to a .dwg or .dxf file type?


Converting a Chief Architect plan file into either a two- or three-dimensional AutoCAD® compatible .dwg or .dxf file can be done easily using the export functions.

Line drawings, such as Plan view, elevation views, and CAD Details can be exported as to-scale .dwg or .dxf files.

To export to a 2D DWG or DXF

  1. Select File> Export> Export Current View (DWG, DXF) from the menu.

  2. In the Export Drawing dialog:

    • From the Compatible Version drop-down list, select the version of AutoCAD that you want the exported DWG or DXF file to be compatible with.

    • Select the Layer Set that you would like to export.

    • Click the Export button.

    • For additional information about the options in the Export Drawing File dialog, click the Help button on the bottom of the dialog box

  3. A dialog will appear prompting for a save location:

    • Specify a file name.

    • Choose the location where you'd like to save this file to.  Make sure to select an easy to find location, such as your Desktop or the project's folder.

    • Use the drop-down menu to change the Save as type to either .dwg or .dxf

    • Click Save to save the file

Any perspective or orthographic camera view can be exported as a 3D model, including AutoCAD compatible .dwg or .dxf files. 

To export a 3D DWG or DXF

  1. Enter a 3D view by selecting 3D> Create Perspective View> Perspective Full Overview 

  2. Select File> Export> Export 3D Model (DWG, DXF) 


  3. Set the location and file name of the model in the Save 3D Drawing File dialog, and press Save.