Autodesk AutoCAD Alternatives for Linux

    Autodesk AutoCAD is not available for Linux but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The most popular Linux alternative is Small FreeCAD iconFreeCAD, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Autodesk AutoCAD and many of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Autodesk AutoCAD are Small LibreCAD iconLibreCAD (Free, Open Source), Small BricsCAD iconBricsCAD (Paid), Small OpenSCAD iconOpenSCAD (Free, Open Source) and Small QCAD iconQCAD (Free Personal).

    The list of alternatives was last updated on Dec 3, 2020

    • FreeCAD is a general purpose parametric 3D CAD modeler. The development is completely Open Source (LGPL License).
      Most users think this is great alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Gu
      Freecad is (as mentioned in the description) for 3D parametric CAD, and has no drafting functionality worth speaking of. Not a bad program, but certainly not an AutoCAD replacement. It has much more similarity to SolidWorks than AutoCAD
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      Negative comment • more than a year ago

      Gu
      Autocad is a 2d cad mostly. Freecad is a parametric design software. Different purposes different design paradigm.
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      Negative comment • more than a year ago

      Gu
      FreeCAD is a 3D parametric CAD whereas AutoCAD is more oriented for 2D drawings. On the other hand, FreeCAD is still buggy and lacks of important workbenches (whereas others like a robot simulator are available even if they are not suitable for a professional use)
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      Negative comment • 11 months ago

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    • LibreCAD (originally QCad then CADuntu) is an open source 2D CAD application for Windows, Apple and Linux.
      Most users think this is great alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • PortableApps.com
      Gu
      LibreCAD can't reliably open .dwg files, which are an industry standard in construction. This means it is not a viable alternative for many people. LibreCAD does not support XRefs, although fewer people use that functionality.
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      Negative comment • 7 months ago

      um
      A lightweight, AutoCAD-like 2D CAD program. Feature set is smaller than AutoCAD, but is sufficient to work with 2D drawings. A command line is available, as well as a built-in scripting language. If you have experience in AutoCAD, then there will be no problems with working in LibreCAD. There is a support forum and wiki.
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      Positive comment • 12 months ago

      Gu
      Ideal for preparing 2D drawings. Better than AutoCAD LT in some ways but can be a bit flaky.
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago

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    • BricsCAD the first all-in-one CAD design solution in .dwg that answers all your needs; 2D drafting, 3D modeling, mechanical design, and BIM. BricsCAD is a cost-effective, innovative, and familiar CAD solution.
      Almost everyone think this is great alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD.
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Gu
      BricaCAD runs most native AutoCAD programming interfaces, lisp, diesel, pgp, brx (modified arx).
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago

      pa
      Fully compatible with AutoCAD and .dwg, provide a free version, multi-platform including Linux, Mac and Windows, 2D design, 3D modeling, mechanical design and BIM. It's for sure not only the best alternative, but for me, it's the new standard.
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      Positive comment • 12 months ago

    • OpenSCAD is a software for creating solid 3D CAD objects. It is free software and available for Linux/UNIX, MS Windows and MacOS.
      Most users think this is great alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
    • QCAD is an application for computer aided drafting in 2D.
      Most users think this is great alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD.
      • Free Personal
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Gu
      Easy to learn and quite similar to AutoCAD (same paradigm)
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      Positive comment • 11 months ago

      fr
      Customizable, easy learning curve and much cheaper than AutoCad.
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago

    • Open source 3D geometry modeling system with a robust feature set developed over 20 years.
      Most users think this is great alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
    • Onshape is the first full-cloud 3D CAD system. It runs in a web browser and on any mobile device.
      Almost everyone think this is great alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD.
      • Free Personal
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      JohnSevier729009
      Cloud-based, faster and more modern.
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago

    • Open CASCADE Technology is a software development platform freely available in open source.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Windows
      • Linux
    • Asset Forge allows anyone to create 3D models and 2D sprites using building blocks. Finished assets are compatible with most available game engines.
    • Varkon is a very powerful parametric 2D/3D CAD, modeling and application development tool for engineering, design, architecture, etc.

      Discontinued

      The project seems no longer developed. Last version, 1.19E, released in November 2012, can be still downloaded from SourceForge.

      • Free • Open Source
      • Windows
      • Linux