Get started creating 2D technical drawings by installing open source QCAD on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jelly Fish using the command terminal.
If you are looking for a free and open source CAD application on Linux to draw various 2D interior drawings, machine parts, structural construction plans, diagrams and more, try QCAD. It is available in community and professional editions for two-dimensional (2D) computer-aided drafting (CAD).
Apart from Linux, we can also use it on Windows and macOS. Offers Blocks (grouping); 35 CAD fonts; DXF and DWG input and output (professional version only); More than 40 construction and 20 modification tools; Measuring tools; Command line tools (dwg2pdf, dwg2svg, dwg2bmp, etc.) and more…
As of Ubuntu 12.04, QCAD is no longer included in the sources. Instead, the QCAD package installs the LibreCAD program. LibreCAD uses the same code base as QCAD, but the graphical user interface is adapted to Qt4.
Its source code is available on GitHub.
Steps to install QCAD 2D on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Linux
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes
The steps given here can be used for other Linux distributions based on Ubuntu, such as POP OS, Linux Mint, Elementary, Zorin OS and more…
1. Update Ubuntu 22.04
Although we are not going to use the APT package manager to install QCAD here, run the system update command to update the system and install the latest available updates.
sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade
2. Download QCAD 2D for Linux
As we have discussed in the introduction to this tutorial, QCAD is not available to install using the Ubuntu 22.04 system repository. Therefore, we have to manually download it from the official website of this open source CAD application. Here is the link to visit it.
Go to the Linux section and download the professional version of TRAIL for your Ubuntu 22.04 Linux. Don’t worry, if you want the community version, then we will get it in the next steps.
3. Make the RUN file executable
The file you have downloaded using the browser will go to the downloads directory. So first, change to that:
Now, check if the file is there or not:
If the downloaded file is there, make it executable:
chmod +x qcad-*-trial-linux-x86_64.run
4. Install QCAD for Ubuntu 22.04
After making the file executable, run the given command which will run the QCAD binary to install the application on your system along with creating the application launcher and desktop shortcuts.
5. Launch the open source CAD
After the installation is complete, run QCAD on Ubuntu using the terminal, you just need to type-
qcad or open Application Launcher and search for it there. When its icon appears, click to run it.
By default we will have the trial version in our Ubuntu 22.04 of QCAD. Now, if you don’t need the professional license, instead of buying it, convert your Trail Professional edition of QCAD to a community edition. For that, in your command terminal run the given commands:
Switch to QCAD installation directory under
Now enter the accessories directory:
Remove PRO edition plugins:
sudo rm libqcaddwg.so libqcadpdf.so libqcadpolygon.so libqcadproj.so libqcadproscripts.so libqcadspatialindexpro.so libqcadtriangulation.so
Now, open the app again and this time you will have the community edition:
7. How to update
As we have manually downloaded and installed the QCAD application in Ubuntu 22.04, so whenever there is any version update, you need to download and run it as we did above.
8. Uninstall or remove QCAD from Ubuntu 22.04
To completely remove QCAD from your Ubuntu Linux, if it is no longer in use, we can run the uninstall script available in your installation folder.
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