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How to develop ARX applications for AutoCAD?

A - answer ARX applications for AutoCAD are programs written mostly in the MS Visual C++ language. To compile the source code you need the appropriate Autodesk libraries (ObjectARX, or ObjectDBX/RealDWG) and a compiler/linker/debugger (environment, IDE) by Microsoft.

To develop ARX applications for AutoCAD 2000, 2000i and 2002 you need the development tool Microsoft Visual C++ 6.0 (resp. MS Visual Studio), to make ARX applications for AutoCAD 2004 you need MS Visual C++ 7.0 (resp. MS Visual Studio .NET 2002), for ARX applications for AutoCAD 2007, 2008, and 2009 you will need MS Visual Studio 2005 (VS2005), for AutoCAD 2010, 2011 and 2012 you need Visual Studio 2008 (VS2008). Similarly, you will need a specific .NET Framework version to develop, debug and run add-on applications.

Compatibility list:

  • AutoCAD 2000 - Visual Studio 6 (SP2)
  • AutoCAD 2000i - Visual Studio 6 (SP2)
  • AutoCAD 2002 - Visual Studio 6 (SP2)
  • AutoCAD 2004 - Visual Studio 2002
  • AutoCAD 2005 - Visual Studio 2002 - .NET 1.1
  • AutoCAD 2006 - Visual Studio 2002 - .NET 1.1 SP1
  • AutoCAD 2007 - Visual Studio 2005 (8.0) to 2017 - .NET 2.0
  • AutoCAD 2008 - Visual Studio 2005 (8.0) to 2017 - .NET 2.0
  • AutoCAD 2009 - Visual Studio 2005 (8.0) to 2017 - .NET 3.0
  • AutoCAD 2010 - Visual Studio 2008 (9.0) to 2017 - .NET 3.51 SP1
  • AutoCAD 2011 - Visual Studio 2008 (9.0) to 2017 - .NET 3.51 SP1
  • AutoCAD 2012 - Visual Studio 2008 (9.0) to 2017 - .NET 3.51 SP1
  • AutoCAD 2013 - Visual Studio 2010 (10.0) to 2017 - .NET 4.0
  • AutoCAD 2014 - Visual Studio 2010 (10.0) to 2017 - .NET 4.0
  • AutoCAD 2015 - Visual Studio 2012 (11.0 upd.4) to 2017 - .NET 4.5
  • AutoCAD 2016 - Visual Studio 2012 (11.0 upd.4) to 2017 - .NET 4.5
  • AutoCAD 2017 - Visual Studio 2015 (14.0 upd.1) to 2017 - .NET 4.6
  • AutoCAD 2018 - Visual Studio 2015 (14.0 upd.3) to 2017 - .NET 4.6
  • AutoCAD 2019 - Visual Studio 2017 (15.0 upd.2) - .NET 4.7
  • AutoCAD 2020 - Visual Studio 2017 (15.7.5 upd.2) - .NET 4.7

CAD Studio - as an Autodesk Developer Network (ADN) member - offers custom development of ARX applications.

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See also:
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Tip 9500:File loading warning - security concern (executable file).
Tip 9176:Confirm loading of LSP, VLX, DLL, ARX application files.
Tip 7944:Automatic installation of AutoCAD 2012 add-on applications.
Tip 6258:Replacement for the applications MdiTab, DocBar, CxDocBar etc. in AutoCAD 2009


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