Hello everyone, welcome to another GIS Tutorial. In the following article, I will show you how to convert or export shapefile to the DXF format using ArcMap. I am using ArcMap version 10.7. Basically, there are several ways to convert shapefile to DXF format. You can either be using Global Mapper, QGIS as well as ArcMap/ArcGIS.
In order to be able to convert shapefile to DXF in ArcMap, you must have a valid Data Interoperability license. Without this, we cannot use this method that I will show you shortly. So, please check if you have this type of license in your ArcGIS. To check, open the ArcGIS Administrator. Click Availability under the Desktop as shown below.
Make sure you have Data Interoperability license here.
Steps to Export Shapefile to DXF in ArcMap
First, open the shapefile in ArcMap.
And then go to Arc Toolbox and locate Quick Export under the Data Interoperability Tools
Specify the input layer which is your shapefile you want to export to DXF format. And then, click the small button on the right side of the Output Dataset.
Choose Autodeskt AutoCAD DWG/DXF from the list and press OK. Next specify the file name and don’t forget to put .dxf at the end of the file as shown below.
You may need to specify the coordinate system if you want. Press OK and then finally press OK again to start the conversion process.
In a few moments, the conversion process should be finishes. You can read the result log to see if any errors exist.