Solved: How should I install AutoCAD in Ubuntu?

I need to use AutoCAD for my course but I do not have a windows license, I have linux on my machine, Can it be done?


What are AutoCAD equivalent Applications that run natively on LINUX ?

Asked on December 10, 2016 in AutoCAD.
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“AutoCAD is Windows only, and won’t work in Ubuntu.” – AutoCAD Support Team
but guess what? you can run AutoCAD in a Virual Machine on Linux, If you are on Ubuntu go ahead and install KVM – Virtual Machine Box

if it’s not yet installed on your system

1) KVM Installation – Follow the tutorial here:

2)Installing windows 7 in KVM

3)Install AutoCAD like you normally would on a windows machine.



Other free CAD software on Linux:
There are numerous options, choose the one that you like best.

  1. PyCAD
  2. Medusa:
    • Download the free software for personal use.
    • Download:
    • After downloading the above file, it needs to be marked as executable, so it can be run. To do this, run: chmod +x in a terminal
    • It needs to be executed as root, so use sudo: sudo ./
    • Installation & More information: Here
  3. Draftsight
  4. Librecad
    • Its already in Ubuntu Repositories.
    • You can get it by running: sudo apt-get install librecad
    • More Information: Librecad
  5. Let’s not forget Google Sketchup – Built for Architecture work but later expanded it include woodworking and even mechanical solid modeling
  6. zwcad – Cost-effective, light-weight and DWG compatible CAD platform; This is the closest CAD software to AutoCAD the runs on LINUX Machines



Hope this helps ?

Answered on December 10, 2016.



That helped; I have tried Draftsight, PyCADBricscad, Sketchup, zwCAD  but my favourite is zwCAD; I haven’t lost the capability to run DWGs, I can edit, I can save, I can export to other formats.

on January 31, 2017.

What about Sketchup does it work on LINUX or did you use WINE ? or a KVM or a virtual machine?

on January 31, 2017.

Sketchup does support linux 😉

on February 2, 2017.

Tell you the truth, I have tried each and every one on the following list:

-> ADINA is a program for FEA (Finite Element Analyses) including an object modeler. Commercial No


-> ARES Commander is an AutoCAD®; clone supporting Windows®, Mac® OSX and Linux®. Linux version currently in Beta state. Commercial, free Beta No  
-> ARCAD 3D is a powerful CAAD program focused on 3D. It has photo-realistic rendering, support for VRML. There are german and english versions. Currently polish, french and spanish versions are in stage of development. Modifications for adapting to any other language can be easily accomplished by anyone. Commercial and Educational No SuSE, RPM, Others
-> BlenderCAD is a Blender script created with the aim of expand the functionality of Blender, so that it could be used for CAD. More info on the release of BlenderCAD and the Blender discussion forum. Visit the BlenderCAD project page for download, etc. GPL Yes  
-> BRL-CAD In 1979, the U.S. Army Ballistic Research Laboratory (BRL) expressed a need for tools that could assist with the computer simulation and engineering analysis of combat vehicle systems and environments. BRL software developers began assembling a suite of utilities capable of interactively displaying, editing, and interrogating geometric models. This suite became known as BRL-CAD. GPL Yes  
-> Updated! Bricscad Bricscad, the number one DWG CAD alternative, is finally available as a native Linux version. It is the most advanced CAD platform available for Linux. It provides the engineering community an open door to Linux. Commercial (Free 30-days trial) No RPM, DEB, TGZ
-> CADDA is a 2D/3D Engineering CAD/CAM software for toolmaking, mouldmaking and mechanical egineering. German home page. Commercial No  
-> Updated! CADEMIA is a modern full features cad system for creating true to size technical documents and drawings. This Open-Source Software for geometric oriented applications for Architecture is defined as integrating platform and is extensible by Java Plugins. Commercial (Test version available) No JAR, JNLP
-> CADuntu is now LibreCAD      
-> CAM Expert is a CAD/CAM System for engraving and LASER cutting. The ability to import/export DXF files makes CAM Expert to a powerful interface between any CAD system and your computer controlled machine. Commercial No  
-> CEDRAT’s Software is a complete line of CAD programs for electromechanical and thermal engineering. Commercial No  
-> CollabCAD is a Java 2 based distributed 2D&3D CAD/CAM and CAE software system being developed by the Computer Aided Design Group of National Informatics Centre, t he IT Support professionals from India. proprietary, beta is free No  
-> CYCAS is an architectural CAD software for drafting and design in 2 + 3 dimensions. Commercial, limited free version No DEB, RPM
-> Updated! Dr. Geo is a software to design & manipulate interactive geometric sketches. It helps kids to explore geometry. Distributed with its source code it is modify-me-ready. GPL, MIT Yes ZIP
-> Updated! DraftSight is a professional-grade 2D design and drafting solution that lets you create, edit, view and markup any kind of 2D drawing. It has a familiar user interface and a minimal learning curve that facilitates an easy transition from your current CAD application. Comercial, 30-days free trial No DEB, RPM
-> Updated! EAGLE is an acronym, which stands for Easily Applicable Graphical Layout Editor. EAGLE’s easy-to-use schematic editor allows you to create an easy-to-read representation of your electronics design with zero complexity. Powerful schematic capture, a clean, consistent user interface and zero fluff make EAGLE the tool of choice for makers, hackers and professionals alike. The German version of the Einfach Anzuwendender Graphischer Layout Editor can be found here. Commercial, free Express and Educational license No RUN (Installer)
-> EasyEDA Free web-based EDA toolsuite with schematic capture, mixed-mode ngspice simulator and PCB design. Import from Altium, Eagle, Kicad and LTspice. Cloud storage with JSON open file format local storage/editing options. Export to Altium, FreePCB, PADS and spice netlists plus PDF, PNG and SVG formats for documentation. More private projects can be earned by contributing high quality projects, schematic symbols and PCB footprints. Free with subscription option for more private projects and faster support turnaround. No Web based: runs in browser. Cross-platform, no installation.
-> Fandango Scripted 3D CAD engine. Fandango, formerly and internally know as elcad. It is a python scripted 3d CAD application; the core is programmed on C++, and interface functions are exported to python to be used as building blocks for new commands. GPL Yes DEB
-> FREEdraft a simple 2D mechanical cad system. It is not really ready to public use yet. GPL Yes  
-> gCAD3D powerfull 3D – CADCAM – software for Linux with many interfaces (IGES, STEP, DXF, VRLM, etc.) Freeware Yes TGZ
-> gEDA The gEDA project has produced and continues working on a full GPL’d suite and toolkit of Electronic Design Automation tools. These tools are used for electrical circuit design, schematic capture, simulation, prototyping and production. GPL Yes DEB, RPM, FINK
-> GNU CAD CAM The Linux/GNU CAD CAM Project is currently in design stage. There are many different schools of thought concerning design methodology, with each school of thought having strengths and weaknesses. There are basically two extremes in software projects. GPL Not yet  
-> GroundCAD is a 2D CAD software for the land surveying and civil engineering. it runs on Windows, Linux and Mac Os. GroundCAD supports many standard formats like: Ascii file(txt/csv), Autodesk dxf(ascii R12), Leica(gsi 8/16), Sokkia(sdr33) Topcon(fc4/gts7/xml/landxml), Google(kml)… Freeware No ZIP
-> GtkCAD aims at developing a modular, full featured, modern CAD/CAE/CAM system for GNU/Linux. It will take advantage of parallel processing as appropiate. It will depend on the free software libraries GTK+,and Mesa3D. In stage of planning GPL Not yet  
-> HeeksCAD HeeksCAD is a free, open source, 3D CAD application with extensive CAM features. See also HeeksCNC. New BSD License Yes  
-> ICAADS CAD Systems a set of high-end software for CAD and AEC applications. Commercial No  
-> JCad is a smart 2D CAD application written completely in Java. It uses the AutoCAD DXF, which is the most widely-used 2D CAD format, as its native format. GPL Yes jar
-> KediCAD KediCAD is a CAD software for Linux. Engeering calcs, standart parts, etc. It is developed on GAMBAS3, so you need to install Gambas3 (GPL). Free for Non-Commercial Use No gambas
-> KiCAD The KiCad EDA Suite project aims at creating a portable, cross-platform, Free/Libre/Open-Source EDA Suite that is capable of schematic and printed circuit board design. GPL Yes  
-> LeoCAD is a CAD application that uses plastic building bricks similar to those found in many toys. This is the Linux port of the original MS Windows version, it uses OpenGL for the graphics and allows the creation of very large/complex models with a library of over 1300 different parts. GPL Yes  
-> LibreCAD is a 2D CAD drawing tool based on the community edition of QCAD. LibreCAD has been re-structured and ported to qt4 and works natively cross platform between OSX, Windows and Linux. GPL Yes  
-> lignumCAD will be a parametric solid modeling tool oriented towards the design of furniture. Development Status: Planning GPL Not yet  
-> Medusa4 is a modern multi-platform-ready design automation, state-of-the art design tools, 2D to 3D and concurrent engineering capabilities. Free Medusa 4 Personal version with (renewable) 6-months node-locked license. Commercial, Free Personal version No  
-> OCTREE a complete drawing, modelling, and visualisation package focused on architecture. Free for Non-Commercial Use No  
-> Piglet is a 2-D engineering drawing editor that supports hierarchical object description. It is inspired by Hewlett-Packard’s proprietary HP PIGLET (Personal Interactive Graphic Layout EdiTor). GPL Yes  
-> PowerCAD is now ARES Commander Edition for Linux      
-> PythonCAD is a CAD package written in Python. The PythonCAD project aims to produce a scriptable, open-source, easy to use CAD package for Linux. GPL Yes  
-> QCAD QCAD is a free, open source application for computer aided drafting (CAD) in two dimensions (2D). With QCAD you can create technical drawings such as plans for buildings, interiors, mechanical parts or schematics and diagrams. QCAD works on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. GPL Yes RUN,TGZ
-> QS Cad is a pure Tcl/Tk EDA Package. Schematic capture through to PCB layout. Has Part editor as well as editor for Schematic and PCB Decals. Development Status: Beta GPL Yes  
-> rattleCAD supports bespoked bicycle frame builders with a fully parametric bicycle model inside. Based on this refinement rattleCAD creates workshop drawings including the main miters of round tubes and settings for different frame jigs. rattleCAD also provides a set of components to build a bicycle mockup and supports different export formats to print and reuse all drawings generated inside rattleCAD. Tcl/Tk License Yes ZIP
-> RI-CAD is especially developed for drawing control flow diagrams according to the EN ISO 10628 standard. The enclosed library contains all elements of the EN ISO 10628. The library can be shaped and extended with RI-CAD. Universities and other educational institutions can apply for a free of charge RI-CAD licence, including the EN ISO 10628 Library. Commercial, free for educational purpose No RPM
-> SagCAD aims to be an easy to use 2D CAD/CAM System with .dxf import/export, Ellipse, Polyline, SPLINE, BSPLINE, possibility to glue external programs via shell commands, CAM module (generation of ISO NC-Data), import of NC files etc. Status: Beta GPL Yes RPM
-> Sailcut CAD is a sail design and plotting software. It allows you to design and visualise your own sail and compute the accurate development of all panels in flat sheets. GPL Yes DEB
-> SynDEx is a system level CAD software, supporting the “Algorithm Architecture Adequation” (AAA) methodology, for rapid prototyping and optimizing the implementation of real-time embedded applications on multicomponent architectures. free for personal use No  
-> Synergy Weber Systems, Inc. announced recently that its Synergy CAD/CAM software is now available for the Linux O/S. Commercial Commercial, Free 30 day trial No DEB, RPM, TGZ
-> ThanCAD is a 2dimensional cad, with raster inclusion capability and emphasis in engineering. It is being written in Python and since it uses the wxPython library, it will hopefully be platform independent! It will also be easy to translate it to various languages. ThanCad is still in very early state. GPL Yes  
-> VariCAD a professional mechanical engineering CAD system. It includes functions for 3D modeling, 2D drawing, editing, transformations, working with user defined objects, block, group and symbol creating capabilities. The whole system is very customizable and widely open. Free VariCAD Viewer is available. Take a look at our VariCAD section! Commercial, Free trial version No DEB, RPM
-> XTrkCad is a computer aided layout design program for model railroaders layouts. Commercial, Free trial version No  

  NONE OF THEM; Literally none of them compares to AutoCAD; Best Advice I can give you? Either use WINE with old versions of AutoCAD 2008 and below or Start using Virtual Machines

on February 2, 2017.
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There are several options for CAD Applications on linux here’s 8 BEST CAD Apps for Linux 

Answered on January 31, 2017.
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I haven’t had that question before but maybe you could use VMware ( Virtual Machine ) To run windows on it and use AutoCAD?

Answered on December 28, 2016.
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