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Installing FreeCAD on Linux

7/11/2017 Update
Version 0.16


Install with AppImage file

Dowmload AppImage file from following website.


The latest release of version 0.16 is "0.16 Backport Release". So Download "FreeCAD-0.16.6712.glibc2.17-x86_64.AppImage" on the section.

FreeCAD GitHub Screen Shot FreeCAD Release page on GitHub

After download the file, open a terminal and set execute authority to the AppImage file with followimg commands.

>chmod a+x FreeCAD-0.16.6712.glibc2.17-x86_64.AppImage

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 with Ubuntu Software Center

On Ubuntu, FreeCAD can be searched and installed with Ubuntu Software Center as other application. But the current version of FreeCAD on Ubuntu Software Center is only 0.17 (developing version).

Installing 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