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What is DGN file?


DGN stands for Design graphic. In the file extension DGN, it is used to store the design data in MicroStation. It contains a digital representation of all the features of your design like shapes, dimensions, linetypes, text, etc. This file can be opened in any MicroStation version or you can use a DGN reader to open DGN files on your computer or mobile device.

DGN Format details


Full Name MicroStation Design Format
Developer Bentley Systems
Category CAD Files

Tools that will help you view DGN files


Sometimes you need to quickly preview the contents of a file with the DGN extension. In such a situation, many people decide to find a tool that, according to its creators, can display the contents of the DGN file and many other types of files (All in One Viewer).

Of course, there are such tools. However, it should be remembered that they may display the data contained in the DGN file differently than the application dedicated to handling the DGN file extension. When you cannot afford to have the data of the DGN file displayed different from the original, you should use the applications developed to work with the DGN file.

Below you will find a list of software programs that will help you with this. These software programs will help you view the content of the DGN file, minimizing possible errors that may arise with other tools.


DGN File Viewers

  • ArcGIS Desktop
  • PaintShop Pro
  • TurboCAD
  • DGN to DWG Converter
  • AutoVue
  • Intergraph Process, Power & Marine
  • 6 DGN viewers