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Accessing the Download Page
E-Mail with the Download Link
Immediately after your purchase you have received an e-mail from us with a download link. From this download link you can download the full version of the purchased software. No activation, key, code or license file, etc. is needed to run the software downloaded from that link. To download an update, please download and install the complete package of the new version.
The subject of the e-mail with the download link is "Order / Commande / Bestellung " + your order number or "[RibbonSoft Online Shop] Virtual product(s) available for download" for older orders.
If you cannot find this e-mail, please look also in your Spam or Bulk mail folder.
Do NOT download the free trial packages on the download page of our public web site. These are trial versions for users who have not (yet) purchased a QCAD license.
Recover Lost Download Link
If you cannot find the e-mail with your download link anymore, you can have it sent to you again using our download link recovery form.
The Download Area
The download link in the e-mail takes you to the download area in your browser from where you can download the QCAD installation package. This is the file that you will need to install QCAD on your computer. Before you can download your installer, you need to find out what operating system you are using. If you are unsure about this, you are most likely using the Windows operating system. If your computer has an Apple logo on it, you are using macOS.
Click on the folder with the label QCAD 3.x.x for Windows if you are using Windows or 3.x.x for macOS if you are using an Apple computer or QCAD 3.x.x for Linux if you are using a Linux operating system.
Depending on your operating system, you are now presented with different options.
If you are using a 64bit Windows (most common), click on QCAD Professional Windows 64bit (Installer). If you are using Windows but you are not sure if it's 32bit or 64bit, please refer to the Windows web site to find out if you are using a 32bit or a 64bit Windows.
If you are using an Apple computer, click on QCAD Professional macOS or the Download button next to it to download the disk image for this system. If you are using an older version of macOS, you might have to download one of the other files labelled with Legacy instead.
Expiration of the Download Link
The download link remains valid for one year, so you can download the latest version of QCAD Professional or QCAD/CAM anytime for one year. After one year, your access to the download area expires and you will get an appropriate message when attempting to use the download link.
Buy Once, Use Forever
The software itself does not have an expiry date. You can continue to use the downloaded and installed version for as long as you like (buy once, use forever). You might want to backup the downloaded installer file in case you switch computers or need to re-install the software in the future.
Updating a License
If your access to the download area has expired, you can renew your QCAD Professional or QCAD/CAM license to keep accessing new versions of the software (and optionally e-books). To buy an update, you can simply purchase a new QCAD Professional or QCAD/CAM license and receive a 30% update discount. You can find a discount coupon code in your download area (see above). You will also receive an e-mail with a discount coupon code a few days before your access to updates expires.
To buy an update, please visit our online shop at:
Add the product you wish to update to the shopping cart. Note that there is no separate product for the update.
During the checkout, please enter the update discount code in the field Discount and click Go to apply your 30% update discount.
The discount coupon is valid for all QCAD Professional and QCAD/CAM products including e-books.
You can find a list of changes by version (change log) at:
Accessing Downloads after Expiration Date
If you cannot find the e-mail with your download link anymore or you lost your previously downloaded installation packages, please contact us for a temporary download link. In your message, please indicate:
- name or e-mail address that was used for purchase
- operating system name
- operating system version
- CPU architecture (32bit or 64bit)
- language of the e-book (if applicable)
- version you had previously installed and you wish to receive
Please understand that older packages were compiled and tested for the platforms which were current at the time. These packages might or might not work on more modern platforms.