Installing more workbenches

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Description

It is easy to add external workbenches to FreeCAD.

Workbenches are contained in a folder that must be simply copied into

$ROOT_DIR/Mod/

where $ROOT_DIR is a top level directory searched by FreeCAD on startup.

The Mod/ directories are scanned every time FreeCAD is started, and the available workbenches are automatically added.

Installing system-wide

Workbenches installed in this way will be available to all users. Depending on your system, you might need administrator privileges to access the installation directory.

Copy the workbench folder into $INSTALL_DIR/Mod/, where $INSTALL_DIR is the FreeCAD installation directory.

  • On Linux it is usually /usr/share/freecad/Mod/
  • On Windows it is usually C:\Program Files\FreeCAD\Mod\
  • On Mac OSX it is usually /Applications/FreeCAD/Mod/

Installing for a single user

Workbenches installed in this way will be available only to one user, but will not require any administrator privileges.

Copy the workbench folder into $USER_DIR/Mod/, where $USER_DIR is the FreeCAD directory for a particular username.

  • On Linux it is usually /home/username/.FreeCAD/Mod/
  • On Windows it is usually C:\Users\username\Application Data\FreeCAD\Mod\
  • On Mac OSX it is usually /Users/username/Library/Preferences/FreeCAD/Mod/. One way to get to the preferences directory is to use the "Finder" menu item Go → Go to Folder, and entering ~/Library/Preferences/FreeCAD.

Additional information

Additional information on how to create a custom workbench can be found in the Power users hub and the Developer hub.

See also a detailed description in the page how to install additional workbenches.