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Installing FreeCAD on Linux

Version 0.15
FreeCAD is registered in the official repository of Ubuntu, Debian, Mint, Fedora and other distributions. So you can install FreeCAD in the same way as other applications. Here I will introduce how to install FreeCAD on Ubuntu as an example.

Installing with Ubuntu Software Center


  1. Start Ubuntu Software Center and enter "FreeCAD" into search box on upper-right of window.
  2. Select FreeCAD on window and click "Install". You may be asked for administrator privileges. Enter your administrator password.
  3. Installing will start.
  4. Installing will finish.

Installing with command line

You can install FreeCAD with command line. Start terminal and enter a following commnad.
>sudo apt-get install freecad


FreeCAD in some distribution's official repository may not be newest version. For example, FreeCAD in official repository of Ubuntu 14.04 and Ubuntu 14.10 is version 0.14.
If you want to install newer version of FreeCAD, you should add PPA (Personal Package Archives) of stable version FreeCAD on your machine and update FreeCAD as following.
>sudo add-apt-repository ppa:freecad-maintainers/freecad-stable
>sudo apt-get update
>sudo apt-get install freecad

Installing developing version FreeCAD

In addition to above normal version repository, daily build version repository and PPA (Personal Package Archives) of development version repository are offered. These developing repogitories were not stable but has newest features you can use.