How Do I Import Points Into AutoCAD?

Importing points into AutoCAD can be a time-saving and efficient way to incorporate existing data into your drawings. Whether you have survey data, GPS coordinates, or any other point-related information, AutoCAD provides a straightforward process to import this data seamlessly. In this tutorial, we will explore the step-by-step process of importing points into AutoCAD.

Step 1: Prepare your point data

Before importing your points into AutoCAD, it is essential to ensure that your point data is properly organized. This includes having the point coordinates in a suitable format such as CSV (Comma Separated Values) or TXT (Text) files. Each line should represent an individual point with its respective X, Y, and Z coordinates.

If you are working with survey data, make sure that you have adjusted the coordinate system to match your drawing units in AutoCAD. This will prevent any discrepancies when importing the points.

Step 2: Access the “Points” command

In AutoCAD, go to the “Insert” tab on the ribbon and click on the “Points” button in the “Data” panel. Alternatively, you can type “POINTS” in the command line and press Enter.

Step 3: Configure point import settings

A dialog box titled “Point Creation Method” will appear. Here, you have two options:

  • Create Points: This option allows you to create new point objects in AutoCAD based on your imported coordinates.
  • Create Point Group: This option enables you to create a new group for your imported points. The imported points will be grouped together under this label for better organization.

Select the appropriate option based on your requirements and click “Next” to proceed.

Step 4: Import point data

In the next dialog box, you will be prompted to specify the source of your point data. Click on the “Browse” button and navigate to the location where your point file is stored. Select the file and click “Open”.

If your point data is in a CSV or TXT format, AutoCAD will automatically detect the delimiter used (comma, semicolon, or space). However, if necessary, you can manually select the appropriate delimiter from the dropdown list.

After selecting your file and delimiter (if required), click “Next” to proceed.

Step 5: Map point properties

In this step, AutoCAD will analyze your point data and display a preview of how it will be imported. You can map each column in your data file to its corresponding property in AutoCAD.

For example, if your data file has separate columns for X, Y, and Z coordinates, you can map them individually. Additionally, you can also assign attributes such as layer name, color, size, etc., to your imported points.


If you have any additional fields in your data file that are not relevant to AutoCAD points (e.g., descriptions or codes), you can choose to ignore those columns during the import process by unchecking them.

Once you have mapped all necessary properties and reviewed the preview of imported points’ appearance, click “Next” to proceed.

Step 6: Specify insertion options

In this step, you have control over how your imported points are inserted into AutoCAD. You can specify options such as scaling factor (if required) and whether or not to create individual point objects or a block reference.

Choose the appropriate options based on your preferences and click “Next” to proceed.

Step 7: Review and import points

In the final step, AutoCAD will provide a summary of the import settings you have chosen. Take a moment to review these settings and ensure they align with your requirements.

If everything looks correct, click “Finish” to commence the point import process. AutoCAD will import your points according to the specified settings and display them in your drawing area.

You can now utilize these imported points as reference or snap points for various drawing tasks in AutoCAD.

Importing points into AutoCAD is a powerful feature that streamlines your workflow by incorporating existing data seamlessly. By following this step-by-step tutorial, you can efficiently import your point data and enhance the precision and accuracy of your drawings.