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 best Linux alternative is FreeCAD, 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 LibreCAD (Free, Open Source), BricsCAD (Paid), OpenSCAD (Free, Open Source) and BRL-CAD (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Oct 15, 2021

    1. VariCAD is compact, fast, easy to use, and provides everything necessary for mechanical design. VariCAD is sold "fully loaded", including all features and functions, for one affordable price.
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      CADEMIA is a modern CAD system with a full functionality to create dimensional accurate technical drawings and documents.


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      Varkon is a very powerful parametric 2D/3D CAD, modeling and application development tool for engineering, design, architecture, etc. It does 2D drafting, 2D and 3D modeling, sculptured surface modeling, and even animations.

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

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      BricsCAD Shape lets you create without limits. Sculpt your ideas in solids from the start. It’s the power of free-form modeling with full CAD accuracy.
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      munteanueveronyka Work very well, cross platform, closer to AutoCAD than sketchup.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

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    2. Archimedes is a free and open source CAD (Computer Aided Design) software. It is a robust system built over Eclipse’s Rich Client Java Platform fully based on plug ins.

      Discontinued

      The project seems no longer developed. Last version, 0.66, released in June 2012, can be still downloaded from SourceForge.

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    3. gCAD3D is a 3D CAD CAM application that features an integrated 3D OpenGL viewer, a program interpreter for geometry and NC-commands in 3D, an integrated NC-processor, and a programming interface for user programs.
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      ImplicitCAD is a programmatic CAD program, implemented in Haskell. Unlike traditional CAD programs, programmatic CAD programs use text descriptions of objects, as in programming. Concepts like variables, control structures and abstraction are used, just as in programming.
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      All the productive tools and smart features for 2D drafting and design that you expect at a reasonable price. With DWG 2010 as its primary drawing file format and DXF support.
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    4. SelfCAD is a browser-based 3D CAD/CAM software designed for the 3D printing community. It includes a 30,000+ library of guaranteed printable objects which can be downloaded, modified and printed all from within the SelfCAD suite.
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      The ARCAD Systemhaus offers with the CAD and AVA system a professional industry-specific solution for the operating system LINUX.
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