alphabetical list of extensions

File extension .IDW

File description

The .idw file stands for the Autodesk Inventor designs. Designers can design their projects using the software and save it in a .idw file for sharing. The file type provides mobility and can be accessed on any machine that has Autodesk Inventor Software. It can be also opened in a read-only mode using Autodesk Inventor View.

The file structure allows the designers to save their complete work or save it in the Part files. This file is often used in the testing and analysis during the simulation phase of the project. The file is designed based on the architecture that many other Autodesk software have and thus provides interoperability between different platforms.

Description of the problem
If you have on your computer a .IDW file that you cannot open, you are in exactly the same situation as thousands of other people who have similar problems with this or any other unknown file.

There may be several reasons why you cannot open the file with .IDW extension. Directly on this website you can find a solution of the most common problem with the .IDW file – that you do not have on your computer the appropriate program to open the file.
From the list below, select the appropriate program, install it and double click on the icon of a file that did not want to open - the problem with the .IDW file extension should be solved. However, if this does not happen, go back to the website to learn about other possible causes of the error, which have been described at the bottom of the website.
CAD Files
Last updated
December 26, 2014
File name: Inventor Drawing
Programs that will open this file:
Inventor Inventor
Inventor View Inventor View
The .IDW file extension can correspond to several not related file formats. If there is more than one file format with the .IDW extension, you will probably find most of them at this website. Remember that you need to download a program to support a particular file type. So first look through the entire contents of the website to select a program to support just the file you have.

Other possible reasons why your .IDW file does not want to open

In addition to the problem described above, i.e. the lack of the appropriate application to support the .IDW file, there may be several reasons that cause problems with opening and operation of the data format:

1. Incorrect version of the installed application

A quite common problem is the lack of application in the appropriate version. Even if you have an application, with the help of which you should open the .IDW file, you may have a problem with it because of its version. Perhaps in previous versions the application has not yet supported the .IDW file, so download the update and check again.

2. Incorrect .IDW file association with the program

If you have already installed the appropriate application, and it is the correct version, the file may not open correctly, because the operating system does not have information that this program supports the file. So you need to "show" which program the computer should use. To do this:

  • Right-click the .IDW file
  • Go to the "Open with" - then "Choose default program ..."
  • Locate the appropriate application
  • Click "OK"

3. The file is corrupt

It also happens that the file you want to open is corrupt and therefore there is no such possibility. In this situation, you should find its different version, or ask a person from whom you got, to send it again.