I started designing objects using FreeCAD during the COVID-19 lockdown in Italy. I’ll talk more in details about my experience with this software, but for the moment I’ll stay focused on a easy issue that I found and solved on the latest Debian distribution.
From a clean Debian installation, a FreeCAD version can be installed using system Software Manager.
I hade to delete the system version of the software a couple of times before understanding that I didn’t had any possibility to solve the problem.
In order to bettere specify where the probelm occur:
- Linux distribution: Debian/GNU
- Debian version: 10 – Buster
- Architecture: 64bit
On my previous setup (Debian 8) everything was working fine.
At the first, the quickest solution was to follow suggestions reported on the official WebSite FreeCADweb.ORG. Following those instructions I downloaded the AppImage version of FreeCAD and started using it. (See Solution 1 for details)
On the AppImage solution I had some issues like starting the software from the launcher, choosing a location for the package and some other questions related to this solution.
So at the end I decided to search for another solution, I reinstalled the software using the system Software Manager but the issue wasn’t solved. so I grepped the whole system for FreeCAD configuration around the system and I discovered something interesting. (See Solution 2 for details)
Solution 1 – AppImage (not suggested)
- Download the AppImage package from FreeCADweb.ORG
- Make the package executable
- Run the package
As AppImage mainteniers declare on their website “As a user, I want to download an application from the original author, and run it on my Linux desktop system just like I would do with a Windows or Mac application.” There are still some differences from MacOS and MS that make this AppImage solution not usefull sometimes.
Solution 2 – Clean APT cache
- Open terminal
- Go to
- List all files containing FreeCAD word in the name using the following command:
ls | grep freecad
- Delete all files related to FreeCAD that you’ll find inside the folder
- Run from the terminal the command
sudo apt-get update
- Run the command
sudo apt-get install freecad
This second procedure solved this issue on two different system that I own.
I hope that you will find my quick suggestion helpful, fell free to ask me more by using the contact form on the Constacts section.