Since 2011, 3DS DraftSight has been excellent free (though not libre) AutoCAD 2D-compatible CAD available for Linux, Mac and Windows.
Draftsight is currently natively compatible with AutoCAD DWG/DXF formats through R2017 (R2013 format). DraftSight also works remotely using X11-Forwarding or VNC/RDP.
- Download Draftsight for Linux
- In Terminal:
gdebi draftSight.deb ln -s /opt/dassault-systemes/DraftSight/Linux/DraftSight $HOME/.local/bin/
Troubleshooting Draftsight install
Usually DraftSight “just works” on Ubuntu and Fedora Linux.
DraftSight doesn’t start
Try typing in Terminal
see if the splash screen AND the second window requesting your registration pops up (careful, this second registration window is sometimes hidden under other app windows you have open!)
Draftsight isn’t “found”
probably the link wasn’t put automatically into
cd /opt/dassault-systemes/DraftSight/Linux/ ./DraftSight
If that works, then you need to create a softlink to the binary:
ln -s /opt/dassault-systemes/DraftSight/Linux/DraftSight $HOME/.local/bin/
No DraftSight icon in the “start menu” of Ubuntu
[Desktop Entry] Name=DraftSight (Linux) Comment=Edit DWG/DXF files GenericName=DraftSight Exec="/opt/dassault-systemes/DraftSight/Linux/DraftSight" Path=/opt/dassault-systemes/DraftSight/Linux Type=Application Terminal=false Icon=dassault-systemes.draftsight Categories=Application;Graphics;