Exporting Your DraftSight Profile

Just for today, we are going to step away from the new features in DraftSight 2019 and talk about something that affected me during the week.

It’s a sad fact of life that computers, both laptops and desktops die. If you are lucky like me, you see the warning signs and you can get your data off and on to a new computer before it is too late.

So, with that in mind, today’s blog is going to deal with the simple task of transferring your settings from one DraftSight installation to another.

So, if you are switching to another computer for whatever reason, the first thing you need to do is open DraftSight and go to the Options dialogue box by either typing Options at the Command Window or by selecting it from the Menu.

When the Options Dialogue Box appears, click on Profiles.

Select the Profile you want to move, in this case MJProfile, and click on Export. You’ll then be prompted to save the profile to a chosen location.

When you’ve selected the location to save your file to, just click on Save.  If your computer is on it’s last legs, I would suggest saving it to a USB or Network drive straight away.

If you have customised your Aliases in DraftSight 2019, you will also want to copy the alias.xml file off your computer.  This file can be found in %AppData%\Roaming\DraftSight\<version>\Alias folder.  Again, just copy the file to a USB or Network drive.

OK, so that’s the configuration taken care of.  Now you need to Deactivate DraftSight on your troubled computer.  To do this, select it from the Help menu.

The Activation / Deactivation wizard will load and you simply follow the onscreen prompts to Deactivate DraftSight.

The Activation / Deactivation wizard means that when you install DraftSight on your new computer, you’ll be able to activate your copy of DraftSight quickly without any need to contact Support.

OK, so that’s your customised data and your licence looked after.  If you have other custom files, such as blocks or lisp routines, you will also need to move them to your USB or Network drive.

On your new computer, you do the reverse of what we have just completed.  Start with downloading and installing the latest version of DraftSight.  Then, start the Activation / Deactivation wizard and follow the onscreen prompts to Activate DraftSight.

Once activated, shut DraftSight down and copy your alias.xml file to the %AppData%\Roaming\DraftSight\<version>\Alias folder.  Start DraftSight again, your Aliases should now be restored.  The final step is to import your DraftSight Profile.

To do this, open the Options dialogue box and go to Profiles again.  Next, select the exported DraftSight profile from your USB or Network drive and click on Open.  Once loaded, the final step is to select the Profile and click on Activate.

and that is it, that’s how to transfer your DraftSight Profile from one Computer to another.  Next week, we will be back talking about the great features to be found in DrtaftSight 2019. Stay tuned!

Have you downloaded DraftSight 2019 SP1 yet? It’s now available for download.  You can get it by clicking on this link.


DraftSight 2019 for Windows® is offered in paid versions only.
Once you download and install DraftSight 2019 (free 30-day trial or purchased version), you will no longer be able to re-download or access any previous free version of DraftSight (2018 or earlier). All free versions of DraftSight (2018 or earlier) will cease to run after 12/31/2019.

Learn more about DraftSight 2019 here.

MJ Smyth
The first time I used CAD, it was on a DOS PC with an 8088 processor, 640K of memory and a Hercules Mono Graphics Card... That, well that was a long long time ago. I switched to DraftSight the day it was released and haven't looked back!
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