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Name Drawing Interchange File Format (Binary)
Version R10
Other names Binary DXF (R10)
Identifiers PUID:  fmt/80
MIME:  image/vnd.dxf
Family DXF
Classification Image (Vector)
Disclosure Full
Description Binary DXF format is the binary encoded variant of the Drawing Interchange File Format, an exchange format for vector graphics developed by AutoDesk. They are probably the widely-used formats for exchanging vector data, and have become a de-facto industry standard. The format is owned by AutoDesk and typically changes with each release of their AutoCAD family of products. DXF files contain a tagged representation of the vector data. The structure comprises a Header section, followed by sections containing data on Classes, Tables, Blocks, Entities and, optionally, thumbnail images. Each section contains a series of data elements. each preceded by a group code tag, which indicates the type of data element. It should not be confused with the DXB format - this is an entirely separate AutoDesk format for binary encoding vector graphics. Binary DXF Release 10 is the version of the format associated with Release 10 of the AutoCAD family of software products, and was the first version to be released with a binary file format.
Orientation Binary
Byte order Little-endian (Intel)
Related file formats Equivalent to Drawing Interchange File Format (ASCII) (R10)
Has priority over Drawing Interchange Format (Binary) (Generic)
Is previous version of Drawing Interchange File Format (Binary) (R11/12)
Technical Environment  
Released 01 Oct 1988
Supported until  
Format Risk  
Developed by Autodesk
Supported by Autodesk
Source Digital Preservation Department / The National Archives
Source date 11 Mar 2005
Source description  
Last updated 25 Sep 2020
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