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What good CAD programs are available?

My relative wants to install Ubuntu for his office purposes. He would definitely use AutoCad (as well as other tools).

Would AutoCAD work in Ubuntu? Or are there any alternatives?

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marked as duplicate by Eliah Kagan, Ringtail, RolandiXor, Alvar, Eric Carvalho Dec 30 '12 at 2:55

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AutoCAD is Windows only, and won't work in Ubuntu. – user68186 Dec 29 '12 at 2:47
Please ask about the "other tools" in separate questions (and specify what these "other tools" are). – RolandiXor Dec 29 '12 at 2:48
Related:… – Eliah Kagan Dec 29 '12 at 3:08
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There are numerous options, choose the one that you like best.

  1. PyCAD

  2. Medusa:

    • Download the free software for personal use.
    • Download:
    • After downloading the above file, it needs to be marked as executable, so it can be run. To do this, run: chmod +x <> in a terminal
    • It needs to be executed as root, so use sudo: sudo ./
    • Installation & More information: Here
  3. Draftsight - may be unstable under Linux but is written for it. YMMV.

  4. Librecad

    • Its already in Ubuntu Repositories.
    • You can get it by running: sudo apt-get install librecad
    • More Information: Librecad
  5. Bricscad is a very stable paid application that is a very close Autocad clone. It is not free however my experience is that it is stable and edits 99% of Autocad functions.

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Draftsight is very close to Autodesk Autocad, I have a very good impression on it – Ale Jan 11 '14 at 14:30

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