AutoCAD support on Mac OSX 10.8 (Mountain Lion) [Update]

This past week Apple released OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion). The news that AutoCAD for Mac 2012 and 2013 are not yet supported came as a disappointment to me. Especially since when Apple had they’re last keynote and introduced the retina Macbook Pro, Autodesk was prominently mentioned. I would have figured they would be ready when Mountain Lion would be released but this is not the case.

I really would like to hear from people who have installed Mountain Lion and are running AutoCAD for Mac 2012 or 2013 to see what (if any) the problems are. (see Update further below)

Below is the full text of Autodesk’s knowledge base article:

AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT support on Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)


You want to know if AutoCAD for Mac and AutoCAD LT for Mac can be run on the new Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) operating system.


The following products are currently NOT supported on the Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) operating system:

  • AutoCAD 2013 for Mac
  • AutoCAD 2012 for Mac
  • AutoCAD LT 2013 for Mac
  • AutoCAD LT 2012 for Mac

If any of these products are installed on Mountain Lion, undesirable side effects can occur, including issues with Installer re-start, resetting applications, cursor missing when printing to PDF, and more. Our engineers are working round the clock to support Mountain Lion for these products, however no support is currently available.

Until such time as a service pack is available, we highly recommend NOT installing Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) on any machines where AutoCAD 2013 for Mac, AutoCAD 2012 for Mac, AutoCAD LT 2013 for Mac, or AutoCAD LT 2012 for Mac is required.

AutoCAD 2013 for Mac Beta Program

A beta program will be announced in the near future for a service pack that will add support for Mountain Lion to AutoCAD 2013 for Mac. This solution will be updated to include more information on that beta program when it becomes available.

AutoCAD 2012 for Mac Beta Program

A beta program will be announced in the near future for a service pack that will add support for Mountain Lion to AutoCAD 2012 for Mac. This solution will be updated to include more information on that beta program when it becomes available.


So I decided to go against Autodesk’s advice and install OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) anyway. I performed a clean install, and after I put all my files back, and installed most of my applications I finally started installing AutoCAD for Mac 2013 again. It installed just fine, and afterwards the application opened and ran without a hitch. Had no problems printing to PDF (no missing cursor for instance) or any other problems… yet. I have an upcoming project where I will be able to really see if it works like it should. Should I run into any problems I will post them as soon as possible. But for now I am just happy it works and I can work with it!

  22 comments for “AutoCAD support on Mac OSX 10.8 (Mountain Lion) [Update]

  1. Ranch
    August 1, 2012 at 09:46

    Did you really get autocad work and run smoothly? Awesome! If so I can’t wait to install autocad 2013 because 2012 didn’t work.

    • August 1, 2012 at 09:51

      Yeah, I did. AutoCAD 2012 for Mac did not work for me at all. Couldn’t even open the application in Mountain Lion. AutoCAD 2013 for Mac did install and runs smoothly, so far.

  2. sean
    August 5, 2012 at 11:29

    2012 doesn’t work at all while 2013 works except for no response issue occasionally.

    • August 5, 2012 at 17:02

      Haven’t experienced no response issues myself yet, but I haven’t actually done a full project with AutoCAD for Mac 2013 on OS X 10.8 yet. I have a new project which will start this week where I will more thoroughly test it.

  3. Andrés
    August 7, 2012 at 06:10

    I also installed autocad 2013 on mountain lion and works just fine.. U dont have any problems posted on autodesk for Mac website

    • August 7, 2012 at 06:19

      None so far.

  4. Radio
    August 13, 2012 at 17:13

    What if you have it preinstalled, and just update to mountain lion, instead of clean install etc.?

    • August 13, 2012 at 17:53

      If you have AutoCAD for Mac 2013 installed on OS X Lion, I suppose you can do a normal install of Mountain Lion. All I know for sure is that it doesn’t work with AutoCAD for Mac 2012. That is what I tried at first and it wouldn’t even open the application. I performed a fresh install of Mountain Lion afterwards and installed the 2013 version.

  5. Robert Coggins
    August 14, 2012 at 16:38

    Do not install Autocad 2013 on Mountain Lion if you are a regular user. There are lots of problems that make it ALMOST unusable.I have installed it after reading this gibberish and now regret it. I cannot even draw a vertical line in ortho mode……That is just one of the problems…….

    • August 14, 2012 at 16:58

      Too bad… I have installed it, and am not experiencing ANY problems so far. I am able to use it just like AC for Mac 2012 running on Lion: No problem.

      Did you perform a clean install of Mountain Lion, or did you install over the previous OS version (10.7)? Just wondering.

  6. Robert Coggins
    August 16, 2012 at 21:02

    Crashing consistently now when working on 3d drawings. Lovely

  7. Robert Coggins
    August 16, 2012 at 21:02

    Installed over OS

    • August 16, 2012 at 23:13

      Sorry to hear about it crashing all the time. Installing Mountain Lion was a gamble for me as well, but paid of, for me at least. Only issues I have encountered thus far have been one stall when adding new layers, and one time where the cursor didn’t quite behave as it should. But these minor issues by no means made the application a pain to work with. At work when running AutoCAD on my windows PC it crashes from time to time as well. Just as annoying. AutoCAD for Mac 2011 was a far buggier applicaton then 2013 running on Mountain Lion, in my experience at least.

      I suggest doing a clean install of Mountain Lion and go from there. That is always the preferable way to install a new OS anyway, I think. Will always improve the overall performance of your machine.

      Hope you’ll get it to work and hope Autodesk will soon officially start supporting OS X 10.8

  8. Robert Coggins
    August 17, 2012 at 00:25

    That is how mine started as well. ……but then when you dig in it gets worse………good luck I reinstalled autocad 2012 and applied all service packs and plan to do muy work in that until it is fixed

    • August 17, 2012 at 09:38

      You got AutoCAD for Mac 2012 up and running on Mountain Lion? 2012 just crashed repeatedly when i tried running it on Mountain Lion.

  9. Robert Coggins
    August 17, 2012 at 14:19

    Yes go to auto desk and get the service pack 3 beta and you will run 2012 …..much better than 2013 at this time.

  10. SMS
    September 5, 2012 at 14:53

    Mountain Lion and AutoCAD2013………..
    3d acceleration is not available.. working with modeling is painful..

  11. Robert Coggins
    September 5, 2012 at 16:58

    Further issues 3d extremely slow and Project Manager trying to do a batch print to PDF is damn near impossible. Spinning beach ball but give 20 minutes and it will print

  12. Robert Coggins
    September 9, 2012 at 07:47

    Autodesk has released beta autocad 2013 sp1 to address all of the problems in Mountain Lion

    • SMS
      September 9, 2012 at 13:54

      Can you please provide a link to this SP1 release?

      Thanks in advance

  13. Robert Coggins
    September 9, 2012 at 18:07

    There is no link specific you have to sign up to get the beta go to the product support for Mountain Lion Page and there is a link to sign up.

  14. Maihaja
    November 10, 2012 at 22:32

    The problem of the AutoCAD 2012, I can authoritatively say “it is solved”. Just download “AutoCAD 2012 for Mac Service Pack 1”, “AutoCAD 2012 for Mac Service Pack 2” & “AutoCAD 2012 for Mac Service Pack 3”. Install them one after the other. That easily make make the AutoCAD 2012 works perfectly. Check for the Service Parks in
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