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Installing FreeCAD on Linux

14/9/2018 Update
Version 0.17


Install with AppImage file

Dowmload AppImage file from following website.

Release FreeCAD 0.17 Roland/FreeCAD・GitHub

Download "FreeCAD-0.17.13541.9948ee4.glibc2.17-x86_64.AppImage" under the "FreeCAD 0.17 Roland" section.

FreeCAD GitHub Screen Shot FreeCAD Release page on GitHub

After downloading the file, move the AppImage file to a directory which you want to install FreeCAD at.

Then right-click the AppImage and select [Properties] to open Properties dialog. And check "Allow executing files as program" in "Permissions" tab.

EnableAppImageOnUbuntu Authority settings

After authority settings, double click the AppImage file to start FreeCAD. At first time of running FreeCAD, it shows a following dialog to ask setting application menu and adding icon. click "Yes" to start FreeCAD.

RunAppImageOnUbuntu The dialog at first time of running FreeCAD

Install with PPA

On Ubuntu, FreeCAD can be install witn PPA. Add PPA of stable version FreeCAD and install FreeCAD with following commands on a terminal.

>sudo add-apt-repository ppa:freecad-maintainers/freecad-stable
>sudo apt-get update
>sudo apt-get install freecad

After installing, you can start FreeCAD with command "freecad" on terminal.

Install developing version FreeCAD

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

>sudo add-apt-repository ppa:freecad-maintainers/freecad-daily
>sudo apt-get update
>sudo apt-get install freecad