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Here we put together links to the homepages of CAD software for Linux. This is only a list of products for Linux. We have not tested or even installed all programs. We don't recommend any of these programs. If you want to be sure wether a program fits your purposes try GPL'ed packages or commercial software providing Test versions or evaluation copies. Those projects seem to be more reliable ones and customers are safe from rip-off.

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  Description License Type: Source Code: Binary Packages
-> 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  
-> Alliance is a complete set of free CAD tools and portable libraries for VLSI design. It includes a VHDL compiler and simulator, logic synthesis tools, and automatic place and route tools. A complete set of portable CMOS libraries is provided. GPL Yes RPM
-> 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  
-> 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 No RPM, DEB, TGZ
-> CADDA is a 2D/3D Engineering CAD/CAM software for toolmaking, mouldmaking and mechanical egineering. German home page. Commercial No  
-> New! 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. GPL Yes JAR
-> 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
-> Dr. Geo is a GTK interactive geometry software. It allows one to create geometric figure plus the interactive manipulation of such figure in respect with their geometric constraints. GPL Yes  
-> DraftSight DraftSight is a professional-grade, open 2D CAD product for users who want a better way to create, edit and view DWG files. DraftSight is available for professional CAD users, students and educators to download and activate for free. It supports Microsoft® (XP, Vista, 7), Mac® and Linux® (Mac and Linux currently in Beta). Standalone license, activation required No DEB,RPM
-> EAGLE is an acronym, which stands for Easily Applicable Graphical Layout Editor. This award winning software offers user friendly, powerful and affordable solutions for PCB design, including Schematic Capture, Board Layout and Autorouter. The German version of the Einfach Anzuwendender Graphischer Layout Editor can be found here. Commercial, free Light Edition No RUN (Installer)
-> 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
-> freeCAD is a basic 3D CAD with advanced Motion Simulation capabilities. Educators, students and new engineers will find it ideal for the teaching and learning of geometry, kinematics, dynamics, vibrations, mechanisms, linkages, cams, machine design and physics. The program runs on Windows, Macintosh PPC, Linux PC and other Unix's. New homepage, additional download sources and binaries:, the homepage of the StCAD Framework and the homepage of the StCAD Framework and Freeware    
-> FreeCAD is an Open Source 3D CAD/CAE program, based on OpenCascade, QT and Python. It features key concepts like macro recording, workbenches, ability to run as server and dynamically loadable application extensions. FreeCAD is also fully multi-platform, and currently runs flawlessly on Windows and Linux/Unix and Mac OSX systems, with the exact same look and functionality on all platforms. LGPL, 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  
-> GraphiteOne is a powerful 3D CAD software for mechanical design of 3D models and 2D drawings. GraphiteOne harnesses the power of Parasolid (c) - the modeling kernel developed by UGS PLM Components. Commercial, Free evaluation No DEB, RPM, DMG
-> 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  
-> Medusa 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  
-> oCADis is a 2D CAD system for Linux. It has all the basic drawing objects implemented: line, arc, circle and more. It supports HPGL (export), DXF (import and export), PostScript output. GPL Yes  
-> 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      
-> Pro/ENGINEER PTC ported the mechanical CAD system Pro/E Wildfire to Linux. Commercial No  
-> 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 Community Edition for Unix systems (X11) and Mac OS X is a very powerful and easy to use CAD program. It uses DXF as its standard file format and it offers support for HPGL. GPL Yes  
-> QCad Professional is a multi-platform 2D CAD system and the flagship product of RibbonSoft. All other products are either extending QCAD or side products which were developed for QCAD. Commercial No BIN,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  
-> 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  
-> TomCAD is now GraphiteOne      
-> VariCAD a prefessional 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 (trial version available) No DEB, RPM
-> xSpace CAD Software in a very early stage of development. project page: GPL Yes  
-> XTrkCad is a computer aided layout design program for model railroaders layouts. Commercial (Free trial available) No  


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