There are several downloads for various operating systems available. Before downloading keep in mind:
The FreeCAD team provides ready-to-install packages for Windows (32 and 64bits), Mac OS X (Mavericks 10.9 64bits), and Ubuntu (LTS and current, 32 and 64bits). Below are links to the Stable installation files for the various systems. Also available on the FreeCAD Files page are unstable packages, that provide the bleeding-edge new features being worked on, but might crash more often or contain features that are incompatible with earlier versions.
| Windows 32 bits
Windows 64 bits
|Ubuntu 32/64bit|| Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks 64-bit
New Mac download link
If you want to install FreeCAD with more in-development features, and are willing to accept that these versions have a higher chance of bugs and crashes, then you can check the official FreeCAD Files page to download 64 bit, older, or unstable releases. Of course, if you want to stay even more on the bleeding edge of development, you can compile FreeCAD, or use the Ubuntu daily build updates or install one of the pre-release files from the github page above.
The windows installer should also work on older Windows platforms, but has not always been tested. You need Windows Installer V1 on your system (msiexec.exe). See Installing on Windows for details about different installation options. Download the latest .msi file for windows systems, or the appropriate .deb file for your version of Ubuntu or Debian.
On most recent distributions such as Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora or Arch, FreeCAD is included in the official distribution's packages repository, and you are advised to preferably get FreeCAD from there, to make sure you have a version that is 100% compatible with your system. The pivy python module (usually named python-pivy) is needed by FreeCAD from version 0.9 or above. If it is not available on your system, you must download it from here too.
Because of a licensing conflict between third-party libraries required by FreeCAD, the freecad package was removed from the current Debian stable (wheezy) repository. This will be solved when the next stable release of FreeCAD comes out. In the meanwhile, you can either compile FreeCAD or use an alternate build.
You should also note that although Ubuntu is based on Debian, the Ubuntu PPA packages are NOT compatible with Debian.
The current release 0.16.670x of FreeCAD supports MacOS X 10.9 or greater. The development version supports OS X 10.10 or greater. To be able to run FreeCAD on an older OS X version, you will need to compile from source, see CompileOnMac. You may look for relevant topics in the Install / Compile forum.
The FreeCAD Launchpad team has set up a PPA (Personal Package Archive) repository that allows easy install of Ubuntu packages based on the development branch. Updates to the software are pushed to the Ubuntu Update Manager, which makes it the easiest way to get the latest FreeCAD build.
The FreeCAD Daily Builds PPA is an automatic daily build system, which can provide you with a fresh, daily-up-to-date version of FreeCAD. Please be advised that although the packages from this bleeding edge PPA may be broken from time to time, they will likely contain numerous bug fixes and feature updates.
Current supported architectures and versions are:
Type (or copy-paste) these commands in a console to add the PPA and install FreeCAD along with the documentation:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:freecad-maintainers/freecad-daily sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade sudo apt-get install freecad-daily freecad-daily-doc
Add to your system's Software Sources the following PPA (read What are PPAs and how do I use them? if you don't know how):
When a dialog window asks you to refresh your software sources, click OK.
Now you can install FreeCAD and FreeCAD documentation through the Ubuntu Software Center, or your package manager of choice.
To install FreeCAD on Fedora, make sure you have the *NONFREE* repositories installed (necessary because of OCC/OCE license)
yum install freecad
Or use the GUI installer.
These are versions of FreeCAD built by other persons and not officially maintained by the FreeCAD team. They may include customized parts or be optimized for certain types of processors, or other modifications that the package maintainers judged necessary. They might also be out-of-date, since the people who make those package may take time to grab the newer versions of FreeCAD. But they are also sometimes better suited for certain operating systems. Note that on most common linux distributions, official packages are typically installed by the system's package management tool, so you don't need to download and install FreeCAD manually.
The user documentation of FreeCAD is being written together by the developers and the users community, on this wiki site. The best way is to read it online, so you are sure to get the latest version:
The manual can also be displayed as one big text, so you can print it or save it as a pdf file:
The manual is also be compiled as a qt help file, so it can be browsed offline with the Qt help viewer. This is usually made at each release and is available together with FreeCAD package on most linux software repositories (on debian/ubuntu-based systems, look for freecad-doc package) and is also bundled in the windows installer. To access it, simply open the "help" menu inside FreeCAD, or use the "What's this?" button.
For convenience, with each release we also provide a pdf version of this manual:
In this Documentation-Directory on Sourceforge you will also find Quick Reference Cards as PDF. They list the pre-defined keyboard-shortcuts for the different workbenches.
Here you can also find a copy of the OpenCasCade 5.2 docs, in a .chm file. After 5.2, the openCasCade documentation is not available as a single file anymore, but as a heavy 180Mb package. So, since there is little change, we keep this one around for convenience:
For all other platforms you need to compile FreeCAD on your own from the Source package. You might also want to compile FreeCAD yourself if you want to optimize certain things, or customize certain parts of FreeCAD. Instructions for compiling can be found on the CompileOnWindows, CompileOnMac and CompileOnUnix pages. You can grab a zip or tar.gz file containing the latest official version here (look for the latest version for your system):
Alternatively, you can also download latest source code from the Git repositories. You'll get a more recent version, but it might contain bugs or even fail to compile. Instructions for accessing the Git repositories can be found here:
You can also download automatically a GNU tarball from the latest source code tree or any part of it by using the code browser and clicking the "Download GNU tarball" at any time. The trunk folder contains the current development version, while the branches folder contains a snapshot of all stable releases to date.
To collect all the needed libraries to compile FreeCAD can be a time consuming task. So we deliver a convenient package for development on Windows (VC8, VC11, and VC12) with all needed libraries. You can download the latest version of the libpack from:
For linux, you will normally find all necessary libraries in your software management system, so you should just read the CompileOnUnix page.
There are additional modules, addons of plugins for FreeCAD developed outside of the main FreeCAD development team. They are listed here but are not officially supported by the FreeCAD team.