I just installed FreeCAD under Ubuntu 18.04 from Ubuntu Software. In Ubuntu Software, I can click the Launch button to launch FreeCAD. But when I try to start FreeCAD from a terminal or from the start menu, it's nowhere to be found.

Where is the main program to start FreeCAD located?


You can start it via /usr/bin/freecad. However, that's just a symlink to the actual binary: /usr/lib/freecad/bin/FreeCAD

Edit: the above assumed that you installed it as a .deb package. You've installed a .snap package version which will have a different directory structure. http://www.linuxandubuntu.com/home/snap-vs-deb-package has more information about snap package directory structure.

  • Both the /usr/bin/freecad and /usr/lib/freecad/bin/FreeCAD do not exist on my computer. I believe FreeCAD is located under /snap/freecad on my computer. But none of the executables seem to work. But launching it from Ubuntu Software does work. Strange... – Adriaan Oct 10 '18 at 21:15
  • @Adriaan OK, it will definitely be different if you've installed it as a snap vs. a .deb. I've updated my answer to factor that in. – blihp Oct 10 '18 at 21:25
  • The command snap run freecad.FreeCAD starts FreeCAD. The freecad.FreeCAD is located in the directory /snap/bin. Thanks for the hint. – Adriaan Oct 10 '18 at 21:56

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