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Bentley View CONNECT Edition

The MicroStation product team is pleased to announce the availability of the highly anticipated, free Bentley View CONNECT Edition on Software Downloads. 

Bentley View CONNECT Edition allows you to view your DGN, iModels and other file formats in full fidelity for free.  Bentley View CONNECT Edition brings together the common ribbon interface that many users are familiar with in other CONNECT Edition products. This Bentley View CONNECT Edition takes advantage of CONNECT Licensing by utilizing the CONNECTION Client to sign in.

Please visit the MicroStation forum on Bentley Communities to keep up to date with the latest information on CONNECT Edition products by viewing the Blogs, Wiki's, Announcements and Support Forums.

Bentley View CONNECT Edition Highlights

Display Styles and Display Rules

  • Display your views based on Display Styles and Display Rules that were created based on Bentley's design applications

Background Maps

  • Display the file in a geographic context by applying Background Maps to your view

Interoperability Viewing Format support

  • Support for viewing of Autodesk® RealDWG 2018 file format
  • Display Autodesk® FBX file format
  • View IFC file format
  • Sketchup file format
  • OpenNurbs (Rhino) file format
  • 3D Studio file format
  • Shapefiles
  • JT file format
  • OBJ file format
  • Common Raster Files formats (.jpg, .jpeg, .tiff. etc.)
  • Please refer to the help documentation for additional supported formats

iModel Support

View iModels in Bentley View CONNECT Edition to review business data applied to the elements

Explorer Navigation

  • Easily Navigate through your Sheet Index with Explorer
  • View business data that is associated to Items Types 


  • Easily search learning content, and news and announcements through Bentley's CONNECT Advisor

ProjectWise Projects

  • Seamlessly view files from your project team through the use of ProjectWise Projects on the cloud


If you would like the free setup executable of Bentley View CONNECT Edition x64 (CL), please follow these steps to download it from Fulfillment Center:
    1. Sign in to               
     2. Choose Software Downloads from "My Support" section.
    3. Select the brand "MicroStation".
    4. Download the latest release by clicking on the arrow to expand the selection under Bentley View and then on Bentley View CONNECT Edition x64 version

 Important installation requirements and notices are found in the Readme