Since 2011, 3DS DraftSight has been excellent free, though not libre, AutoCAD 2D-compatible CAD available for Linux, Mac and Windows.
Draftsight is natively compatible with AutoCAD DWG/DXF formats through R2018. DraftSight also works remotely using X11-Forwarding or VNC/RDP.
- Download Draftsight for Linux
- In Terminal:
- Complete registration with email address (maybe a throwaway email address).
If you have a high resolution screen and the GUI icons look too small, try Tools → Options → System Options → Display → Screen Options → Use Large Icons.
Usually DraftSight “just works” on Ubuntu, Fedora, SUSE Linux.
DraftSight won’t start
see if the splash screen AND the second window requesting your registration pops up.
The registration window can be hidden under other app windows you have open.
Add DraftSight icon
If the Ubuntu desktop icon doesn’t show up for Draftsight, create
[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;