professional CAD software for linux

before importing any architectural layout into Blender it must be cleaned and converted to DXF format, for this task I found DraftSight the most effective DWG compatible CAD Software on linux (via WINE), and now with a native linux version !

here’s the free download link for windows, Linux and mac os platforms

on the time of writing this article there’s no 64bit build available yet,  but you can force install the 32bit version

here’s the steps to follow for ubuntu:

open the terminal go to the download folder or where you downloaded the deb package

$ cd Downloads

$ sudo dpkg –force-architecture -i DraftSight.deb

if the install process doesn’t launch look on the terminal for the missing libraries, for me I had to install those packages, but it depends on your system :

libdirectfb-extra and libxcb-render-util0

here’s a sample dwg layout from one of my recent projects opened in DraftSight for ubuntu


dwg file on draftsight

dwg layouts imported into blender after that had been cleaned and converted to dxf
layout dxf import to blender

the final project modeled from the layouts shown above.
architectural project done on blender

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  • javier

    at ubuntu 10.10 64 bits, trying to force it to install the 32 version…but can not get it. i already install
    libdirectfb-extra and libxcb-render-util0
    but not too familiar with .deb packages
    Any idea?

    Type dpkg –help for help about installing and deinstalling packages [*];
    Use `dselect’ or `aptitude’ for user-friendly package management;
    Type dpkg -Dhelp for a list of dpkg debug flag values;
    Type dpkg –force-help for a list of forcing options;
    Type dpkg-deb –help for help about manipulating *.deb files;

    Options marked [*] produce a lot of output – pipe it through `less’ or `more’ !

  • eMirage

    hi javier, seeing your message error, I think you miss typed the command, verify that you are in the folder where the deb package is, respect the upper and lower cases when typing the command

    or simply paste this on the terminal(“ctrl+shift+v” to past) :

    sudo dpkg -i --force-architecture DraftSight.deb

    tell me if it works.

    best regards.

  • javier

    great. that worked. Thank you sooooo much.
    trying the program now.

    best regards

  • amassarani

    Hey … can i use it for commercial , i am free lance architect??!!
    it seems that i should buy the the ENTERPRISES copy of the program to be legal to use it for commercial ..

    thanx 😀

  • M ALI Subhani

    Another Good option is FreeCAD

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