Friday, June 17, 2016

How to install LibreCAD 2.1.0 on Ubuntu

LibreCAD 2.1.0 recently released, is a fully comprehensive 2D CAD drawing tool based on the community edition of QCAD. LibreCAD has been re-structured and ported to Qt version 4 and works cross platform, including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and Linux (Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, Mandriva, Suse).

This latest release is a years work and it comes with lots and lots of new features, bugfixes and improvements. See hightlight below:


  •     themed icons option
  •     exclusive snap mode (only one mode can be enabled)
  •     custom menu creator (more)
  •     custom toolbar creator (more)
  •     boost version in the About window
  •     links to the contributors page and LICENSE in the About window
  •     copy button in the About window
  •     di for divide
  •     mp for properties
  •     options to clear settings (restore defaults)
  •     custom toolbar that allows users to add the last triggered action
  •     open your browser and our wiki from the help menu

Bugs Fixed

  •     tool options were still shown after a drawing or print preview was closed
  •     export image’s resolution field did not work
  •     invalid objects were allowed to exist, causing auto-zoom errors
  •     a layer’s inline icons could be highlighted
  •     layers were activated when clicking their inline icons (e.g. visibility)
  •     recent file paths were not truncated when extremely long

See changelog for full details

Installation instructions:

The LibreCAD maintainer has created PPA which provides the latest LibreCAD packages for Ubuntu and derivative systems, to help the users install librecad and keep it up to date.

The below instructions should work on Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus, Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf, Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet, Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca, Linux Mint 17 Qiana, Pinguy OS 14.04, Elementary OS 0.3 Freya, Deepin 2014, Peppermint Five, LXLE 14.04, Linux Lite 2 and other Ubuntu derivative systems.

Open terminal and insert command line...

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:librecad-dev/librecad-daily

$ sudo apt-get update

$ sudo apt-get install librecad

Optional, to remove librecad, do:

$ sudo apt-get remove librecad 


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