TechDraw Templates

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Every TechDraw Page is based on a Template object. The Template controls paper size and contains fixed text graphics and text, for example, a page frame or border.

The Template can also contain editable text fields for attributes like "Title", "Subtitle", "Author", "Date", "Scale", "Weight", "Drawing number", and "Sheet".

Templates are SVG files which can be created and modified outside of FreeCAD, with an application such as Inkscape.


  • DATAOrientation: Portrait or Landscape.
  • DATAWidth: Paper width in mm.
  • DATAHeight: Paper height in mm.
  • DATAPage Result: A copy of the original Template file including all changes to editable texts. This allows users who may not have a copy of the Template file to see the Page as intended. Not typically useful for end users.
  • DATATemplate: a) A pointer to the copy of the original Template file which is incorporated into this *.FCSTD file, or b) a filepath to a template accessible on the current machine. Use the file selection ellipsis (...) to change to a different template.

Custom Templates

A limited number of pre-formatted templates in various standard page sizes are included with FreeCAD. These are found in


Where $INSTALL_DIR is the directory where FreeCAD was installed, for example


Custom templates can also be specified as a default in the TechDraw Preferences.

See also How to make a custom TechDraw template.


  • TechDraw Templates are not entirely interchangeable with Drawing Templates. In general, Drawing templates will work in TechDraw, but there may be problems with editable text.
  • The xml:space="preserve" clause sometimes causes problems with text size and positioning. It is best to avoid/remove this clause from your custom template's SVG code.
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