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How to install LibreCAD 2.1.3 on Ubuntu & Linux Mint

How to install LibreCAD, a free Open Source personal CAD application for Windows, Macintosh and Linux. It’s a comprehensive, 2D CAD app that is available for download and install for free. In addtion, it’s available in more than 20 languages and for all major operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and Linux (Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, Mandriva, Suse, …).

install LibreCAD

LibreCAD Features

LibreCAD is a feature-packed and mature 2D-CAD application with some really great advantages:

  • It’s obviously free
  • No language barriers hence making it available in a large number of languages, with more being added continually.
  • You can use it, customize it, hack it as well as copy it with free user support and developer support from our active worldwide community and ou experienced developer team.
  • LibreCAD is an Open Source community-driven project meaning development is open to new talent as well as new ideas, and our software is tested and used daily by a large and devoted user community; you, too, can get involved and influence its future development.

LibreCAD 2.1.3 Changelog

  • Shift would not activate the command line
  • Command+Tab didn’t always activate the current drawing on OS X

How to Install LibreCAD 2.1.3 on Ubuntu 17.04, Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04

  • As at the time of writing this blog, the PPA was still 2 versions late so if that is the case, please follow the compile steps below if you really want to install this version. Note that this method take a little longer to complete.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:librecad-dev/librecad-daily

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install librecad

How to uninstall LibreCAD 2.1.3 from Ubuntu

sudo apt-get remove librecad

How to compile LibreCAD on Ubuntu 17.04, Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04

  • Install required dependencies
sudo apt-get install g++ gcc make git-core qtbase5-dev libqt5svg5-dev qttools5-dev qtchooser qttools5-dev-tools libmuparser-dev librsvg2-bin libboost-dev libfreetype6-dev libicu-dev pkg-config

sudo apt-get install qt5-default
  • Create a develop directory
mkdir -p ~/develop/LibreCAD
  • Clone LibreCAD repository
cd ~/develop/

git clone
  • Update the LibreCAD repository
cd ~/develop/LibreCAD

git checkout master

git pull -r
  • Build libreCAD
qmake -r

make -j4
  • Launch LibreCAD
./unix/librecad &

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