FreeCAD is an open-source parametric 3D modeler made primarily to design real-life objects of any size.

Parametric modeling allows you to easily modify your design by going back into your model history and changing its parameters.

FreeCAD allows you to sketch geometry constrained 2D shapes and use them as a base to build other objects.

It contains many components to adjust dimensions or extract design details from 3D models to create high-quality production ready drawings.

FreeCAD is a cross-platform (Windows, Mac and Linux), highly customizable and extensible software.

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It reads and writes to many open file formats such as STEP, IGES, STL, SVG, DXF, OBJ, IFC, DAE and many others, making it possible to seamlessly integrate it into your workflow.

FreeCAD is designed to fit a wide range of uses including product design, mechanical engineering and architecture.

Whether you are a hobbyist, a programmer, an experienced CAD user, a student or a teacher, you will feel right at home with FreeCAD.

Use FreeCAD AppImage version

AppImages works on almost all Linux distributions. Download FreeCAD AppImage from the link below.

To use an AppImage file, go to its properties and enable the “Allow executing file as a program” option.

Click here to add an AppImage in the menu on Linux mint or Ubuntu.

Install from Software Manager

Almost all linux distributions comes packed with a built in software manager. You can install FreeCAD directly from there.

Just search for FreeCAD in the Software manager. Also, note that on Linux mint / Ubuntu is called Software manager on other Linux distributions, the name could be different.

 install freecad on linux from software manager

Install FreeCAD in Ubuntu 20 / Linux mint 20

You can install FreeCAD on Linux mint or Ubuntu 20 either by using the software manager or terminal.

To install FreeCAD via terminal; open the terminal and enter this command.

sudo apt install freecad

Install FreeCAD via PPA on Ubuntu 20 / Linux mint 20

You can also install FreeCAD by adding the official PPA repository to your system.

To add FreeCAD PPA to your system and install it, open the terminal and enter this command:

Add the PPA to your system.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:freecad-maintainers/freecad-stable

Retrieve the updated package lists.

sudo apt update

Now install FreeCAD along with its offline documentation.

sudo apt install freecad freecad-common

Install FreeCAD on Debian / Other Debian based systems

To install FreeCAD on debian or other debian based systems, open a terminal and enter the command given below.

sudo apt-get install freecad

Install FreeCAD on openSUSE

To install FreeCAD on openSUSE, follow the command below in your terminal.

First add the package repository to your system:

zypper addrepo https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/openSUSE:Leap:15.2/standard/openSUSE:Leap:15.2.repo

Now refresh the package list:

zypper refresh

Finally, install FreeCAD package:

zypper install FreeCAD

Alternatively, visit openSUSE software website from the link below and click on Instant Download.

Gentoo

Install FreeCAD on Gentoo using the command below.

emerge freecad

Fedora

FreeCAD has been included in the official Fedora packages since Fedora 20. It can be installed from the command line with:

sudo dnf install freecad

For older releases of Fedora use:

sudo yum install freecad

Arch and Manjaro

Installing FreeCAD on Arch Linux and derivatives (ex. Manjaro):

pacman -S freecad

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2 thoughts on “How to install FreeCAD on Linux

  1. Where can I get the freecad-doc package for Linux Mint 20? (Ubuntu 20)? I can’t find it anywhere and google seems to know nothing about the fact that it’s no longer in the freecad-stable ppa.

    1. Looks like they have removed/replace freecad-doc package and they have not update their Wiki yet.
      You can install Freecad with this command now: sudo apt install freecad freecad-common
      I will update the article as well.

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