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This is the place to come if you want to contribute to the development of the FreeCAD software.

These pages are in the early stage of development. If you can't find the information you are looking for, or have found useful information somewhere we have not linked to, then please leave a comment on the forum and someone will look into it (or, if you are feeling bold, why not edit this page directly!).


Developer Documentation

The developer documentation comprises the following sections:

Do it yourself: Compiling FreeCAD

Build Support Tools

Modifying FreeCAD

Module developer's guide

FreeCAD Mod Dev Guide: This is an ebook under writing on github, please fork and send pull request to contribute.

Chapters:

  • Overview and Software Architecture
  • Source code structure
  • Base and App module
  • Gui module
  • Python wrapping
  • Modular design
  • Fem module source analysis (mixed C++ and Python)
  • Development of CFD Module (pure Python)
  • Module testing and debugging
  • Contribute code with git

Latest pdf preview can be downoaded from pdf folder of this git repo

OpenCascade Documentation

  • Roman Lygin's tutorials
  • Online class reference. This is the help data on-line for the last version that they offer this way, it is out of date but still helpful and often still relevant. It is perhaps more convenient that having to download a single large file, which is what you have to do for a more recent version.
  • The openCascade wiki

Roadmap

FreeCAD, though usable in certain areas, is at the beginning of a long way into the CAD mainstream. There is still a lot to do to reach a state where we can compete with commercial software.

Credits

Contributors


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