System Requirements for AutoCAD 2021

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System requirements for AutoCAD 2021 including Specialized Toolsets (Windows)

AutoCAD including Specialized Toolsets (Windows)
Operating System64-bit Microsoft® Windows® 8.1 and Windows 10. See Autodesk’s Product Support Lifecycle for support information.
ProcessorBasic: 2.5–2.9 GHz processor
Recommended: 3+ GHz processor
Multiple processors: Supported by the application
MemoryBasic: 8 GB
Recommended: 16 GB
Display ResolutionConventional Displays:
1920 x 1080 with True Color
High Resolution & 4K Displays:
Resolutions up to 3840 x 2160 supported on Windows 10, 64-bit systems (with capable display card)
Display CardBasic: 1 GB GPU with 29 GB/s Bandwidth and DirectX 11 compliant
Recommended: 4 GB GPU with 106 GB/s Bandwidth and DirectX 11 compliant
Disk Space7.0 GB
NetworkDeployment 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 Windows® Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016, and Windows Server 2019 editions.
Pointing DeviceMS-Mouse compliant
.NET Framework.NET Framework version 4.8 or later

System requirements for AutoCAD for Mac 2021

AutoCAD for Mac 2021
Operating SystemApple® macOS® Monterey v12 (requires Update 2021.2)
Apple macOS Big Sur v11 (requires Update 2021.1)
Apple macOS Catalina v10.15
Apple macOS Mojave v10.14
Apple macOS High Sierra v10.13
ModelBasic: Apple Mac Pro® 4.1, MacBook Pro® 5.1, iMac® 8.1, Mac mini® 3.1, MacBook Air®, MacBook® 5.1
Recommended: Apple Mac® models supporting Metal Graphics Engine
Apple Mac models with M series chip are supported under Rosetta 2 mode.
CPU Type64-bit Intel CPU
Recommended: Intel Core i7 or higher
MemoryBasic: 4GB
Recommended: 8GB or higher
Display ResolutionBasic: 1280 x 800 display
High Resolution: 2880 x 1800 with Retina Display
Disk Space3 GB free disk space for download and installation
Pointing DeviceApple-compliant Mouse, Apple-compliant Trackpad, Microsoft-compliant mouse
Display CardRecommended: Mac native installed graphics cards
Disk FormatAPFS, APFS(Encrypted), Mac OS Extended (Journaled), Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted)

Additional requirements for large datasets, point clouds and 3D modeling

Large datasets, point clouds, 3D modeling
Memory8 GB RAM or more
Disk Space6 GB free hard disk available, not including installation requirements
Display Card1920 x 1080 or greater True Color video display adapter; 128 MB VRAM or greater; Pixel Shader 3.0 or greater; Direct3D®-capable workstation class graphics card.


Specialized Toolsets (Windows Only)

Specialized Toolsets Additional Requirements
AutoCAD Map 3DDisk Space: 16GBMemory: 16GBDatabase & FDO Requirements (see below)
AutoCAD ElectricalDisk Space: 12GBMicrosoft Access Database Engine 2016 Redistributable (x64)
AutoCAD ArchitectureDisk Space: 12GB
AutoCAD MEPDisk Space: 12GB
AutoCAD Plant 3DDisk Space: 10GB
AutoCAD MechanicalDisk Space: 7GB
AutoCAD Raster DesignDisk Space: 1GB


AutoCAD Map 3D Additional Requirements (Windows Only)

Requirements
FDO ProviderCertified WithNotes
Microsoft SQL ServerMicrosoft SQL Server 2014 Standard and Enterprise Editions
Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Standard and Enterprise Editions
Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Standard and Enterprise Editions
Microsoft SQL Server 2019 Standard and Enterprise Editions
Industry Models also support the versions of Microsoft SQL Server listed on the left.
Oracle 11g Release 2Oracle 11.2.0.4.0
Oracle Express, Standard, and Enterprise Editions
Industry Models support the same Oracle versions as listed on the left.
Oracle 12c Release 2Oracle 12.2.0.1.0
Standard Edition and Enterprise Edition
Industry Models support the same Oracle versions as listed on the left.
Oracle 18cOracle 18.3
Enterprise Edition and Standard Edition 2
Industry Models support the same Oracle versions as listed on the left.
Oracle 19cOracle 19.3
Enterprise Edition and Standard Edition 2
Industry Models support the same Oracle versions as listed on the left.
RasterDEM, JPG2K, DTED, MrSID®, ECW, PNG, ESRI® Grid, TIFF, JPEG, ESRI® ASCII 
Autodesk SDF3.0 
ESRI ArcGISArcGIS® 10.7.1
ArcGIS 10.6.1
ArcGIS 10.5
This Provider requires ESRI licensed components to be installed on client system.
MySQL8.0 
ODBCThe FDO ODBC provider has been tested with corresponding versions of ODBC drivers that are shipped with the relevant supported operating systems version. 
OGC WMSWMS 1.3.0 
OGC WMTSWMS 1.0.0 
OGC WFSWFS 2.0.0 
SQLiteSQLite 3.27.2 
PostgresSQLPostgreSQL 9.5 + PostGIS 2.2 
ODBC DriversTested Versions
Microsoft® Access® Driver (*.mdb, *.accdb)Microsoft Access database engine 2016 (English) 16.00.4513.1000
Microsoft® Excel® Driver (*.xls, *xlsx, *.xlsm, *.xlsb)Microsoft Access database engine 2016 (English) 16.00.4513.1000
MySQL® ODBC 8.0 Driver8.00.13.00
SQL Server®10.00.18362.01
Oracle® in OraClient19Home119.00.00.00

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See Also:

Certified hardware for AutoCAD – Use this tool to find recommended graphics hardware and drivers. Autodesk tests graphics hardware and drivers for a number of Autodesk products. Please note that not all Autodesk products participate in graphic hardware certification.  AutoCAD Certified Hardware FAQ

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