FreeCAD: Installing FreeCAD on Linux

Update: May 26, 2019
FreeCAD 0.18
Note: Fixed version of FreeCAD may be released. This article is based on FreeCAD version 0.18.1. If you want to install version 0.18.2 or later, please replace the version number as appropriate.


Using AppImage

Download the AppImage file "FreeCAD_0.18-16117-Linux-Conda_Py3Qt5_glibc2.12-x86_64.AppImage" from following website.

Release FreeCAD 0.18.1 · FreeCAD/FreeCAD

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.

Authority settings

After authority settings, double click the AppImage file to start FreeCAD.

Using PPA

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

$sudo add-apt-repository ppa:freecad-maintainers/freecad-stable
$sudo apt-get update
$sudo apt-get install freecad freecad-doc && sudo apt-get upgrade

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-daily && sudo apt-get upgrade

After installing, you can start developing version FreeCAD with command "freecad-daily" on terminal.