San Diego, CA

Washington, DC

Frequently Asked questions


What Autodesk products do you support?

As of December 2018, we support the 2018, 2019 & 2020 versions of:

  • Autodesk AutoCAD 
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Architecture
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Electrical
  • Autodesk AutoCAD MEP 
  • Autodesk Civil 3D
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Plant 3D

What is a File Tree?

File Trees are a new way to save different file structures to better serve the diverse types of projects you work on. If you’re an architect who does small test fits, square footage calcs, stacking diagrams, interior renovations and new base building construction you’ll be able to save up to 5 different File Tree saving you time no matter how big or small the job is.

I'm a Mechanical user, or I use a 2017 Version of AutoCAD. What about me?

Not to worry.  CAD Monkey Lite (Legacy) is here for you.  

I just upgraded to a newer version of AutoCAD. What do I have to do with CAD Monkey?

AutoDesk attempts to migrate a user's profile when you move from older to newer versions of AutoCAD.  However we've noticed that not all pieces of information come over.  We recommend running the MONKEYCONFIG & MONKEYPAPER command to inspect your file trees and reconnect any paths as needed.

Specifically, the following fields must be reviewed (at least):

  • MONKEYCONFIG -> Default Folder 
  • MONKEYPAPER -> Title Block

Are Xref paths relative?

On AutoCAD versions 2018 and higher, attached Xrefs use relative paths. This is so you can copy & paste the project folder with easy to any location and preserve the links.

On AutoCAD 2017, relative Xref paths are not supported by CAD Monkey. Your Xrefs will generate as absolute (full) path, and you'll need to manually edit them in the drawing to convert them to relative paths. We're working on this.

I'm getting "Error writing/closing file" when running MONKEY

Let's double-check some common causes.

        1. Suffix shared across two files

Open your File Tree in MONKEYCONFIG. Do any rows have the same text in the Suffix field? Are any two blank? If so, change the Suffix to be unique for each file. The Suffix is included in the file name, so if they aren't unique we can't create individual files for each config row.

        2. Paper space file name shared across two files

Open MONKEYPAPER. Do any rows have the same File Name? If so change them to be unique. Leaving a File Name blank means the file will not be created.

        3. No access to destination folder

Are you saving the files to a location that your computer has access to?

Known Issues


Issue: When running MONKEY command, AutoCAD crashes

Solution: There are several known issues with AutoCAD related to opening, closing, switching layouts or moving from model to paper space.  The most common has to do with a video driver crashing, so it is important to make sure you have the most recent video driver installed.  You can check out more information here: 

Also, try running "MONKEYSECRETS" and checking the box so that the Model space files are closed after creation.  This will help CAD Monkey run faster and limit the risk a fatal error.

Issue: After a successful installation, the "MONKEYCONFIG" command isn't available. (Thanks Cody!)

Solution: Make sure you have downloaded and are using the latest version; V1.0.6 or later,.  We corrected the issue in the latest release

Model Space Configuration