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List of blocks (incl. nested blocks) used in a DWG drawing.

A - answer With the freeware utility CADstudio NBlockList you can generate a report of all or all selected blocks used (inserted, referenced) in the current AutoCAD DWG file. This list contains also names of any nested blocks (block in a block) of any nesting depth. With each insert block, the function lists the total number of its references and the list of layers it is inserted into.

Example - the Workstation block contains embedded blocks Keyboard and Monitor:

You can download the NBlockList utility from, then load the VLX file with APPLOAD and enter the command NBLOCKLIST.

Optionally, this add-on can also export the block list to a CSV file for Excel.

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14.1.2016    1887x  
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See also:
Tip 6724:Automatically generated picture-legend of drawing blocks.
Tip 4566:BOM in plain AutoCAD.
Tip 820:How to link block attributes with an Excel sheet?

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