QCAD Installation

This page guides you through the installation of QCAD on your computer.

Contents

 

Getting QCAD

There are two ways how you can get the QCAD software:

  • From a DVD you purchase from the QCAD website.
  • As a file you download over the Internet after ordering your license online.

In either case, you will receive the same files that are required to install QCAD on the hard disk of your computer. Both the download site as well as the DVD contain multiple files for different operating systems. The following sections will explain which file to use for your operating system and how to install it.


Installing QCAD under Windows

This section is only for users of the Windows operating system.

Getting the Setup File

Finding out if your Windows is 32bit or 64bit

If you are not sure if you are running a 32bit or a 64bit version of Windows, please refer to the Windows web site to learn how to find out.

Installation from DVD

In case you have a DVD, insert it now into the DVD drive of your computer. Then launch Windows Explorer to see the contents of the DVD:

  1. Click the Start button in the lower left corner of your screen and navigate to All Programs - Accessories where you will find an application called Windows Explorer. Click on Windows Explorer to launch it.
  2. Navigate to My Computer > CD Drive.
  3. The file you need to install QCAD is called qcad-3.x.x-pro-win32-installer.msi or qcad-3.x.x-pro-win64-installer.msi and is located in the folder installation\windows\3.x\32bit or installation\windows\3.x\64bit. Note that 3.x.x is the version number in the file name, for example 3.21.3.

Installation from Download

If you have purchased the downloadable version of QCAD, use your browser to access your personal download area. You can find detailed instructions in the e-mail you have received after your purchase or in the customer area of the QCAD website. In your download area, download the file that is labeled with QCAD Professional Windows 32bit (Installer) or QCAD Professional Windows 64bit (Installer), depending on your operating systems architecture (see above). After the download has finished, use Windows Explorer to find the file on your hard disk.

Installation

Doubleclick the file qcad-3.x.x-pro-win32-installer.msi or qcad-3.21.3-pro-win64-installer.msi either from the DVD or from the folder to which you have downloaded it. Follow the instructions on screen to install QCAD. During the installation you can choose in which folder to install QCAD. All QCAD application files will be installed at that location. The default location is C:\Program Files\QCAD. It is not recommended to change this unless you are sure you want to install QCAD in a different location. When the installation has finished, there is no need to restart your computer. You can also remove the DVD from your DVD drive at this point.

Launching QCAD

To launch QCAD, doubleclick the QCAD icon on the desktop or click on the Start button and choose All Programs > QCAD > QCAD.

 


Installing QCAD under macOS

This section of this page is only for users of the macOS operating system. If you have an Apple Macintosh computer, you are most likely using macOS. There are different versions of the macOS operating system. The file you need to install depends on your version of macOS.

For the sake of brevity, the version numbers in these instructions are indicated as 3.x.x. Replace this number with the actual version number of the downloaded / purchased QCAD release, for example 3.4.6.

Finding out your Version of macOS

First you need to find out what exact version of macOS you are using. To do this, please proceed as follows:

  1. Click with your mouse on the Apple icon at the top left corner of your screen.
  2. Click the item About This Mac. This will show a dialog which indicates the version number of the macOS system that is installed .

The version number is displayed right underneath the label macOS, for example 10.10. Memorize or write down the version number that is displayed on your system.

Getting the Correct Setup File

Installation from DVD

In case you have a DVD, insert it now into the DVD drive of your computer.

  1. A DVD icon appears on your desktop. Double click on it to show the contents of the DVD.
  2. If your version number of macOS starts with 10.5, you will need to install the file named installation/macOS/leopard (10.5)/Intel/qcad-3.0.0-prof-mac_os_x-10.5-x86.dmg. In this case you are using macOS Leopard.
  3. If your version number of macOS starts with 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, 10.9 or 10.10, you will need to install the file named installation/macOS/Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion, Snow Leopard (10.6-10.10)/qcad-3.x.x-pro-osx-10.6-10.10.dmg. In this case you are using macOS Snow Leopard or newer (Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks, Yosemite).
  4. Note that '3.x.x' in the file names stands for the version of QCAD you have purchased, for example '3.4.6'.

Installation from Download

If you have purchased the downloadable version of QCAD, use your browser to access your personal download area. You can find detailed instructions in the e-mail you have received after your purchase. Most likely, you can simply click on a link in your e-mail application or web mail to go directly to the QCAD website and access your download area. In the download area, download the file that is labeled with macOS 10.5 (Leopard) or macOS 10.10, 10.9, 10.8, 10.7, 10.6 (Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion, Snow Leopard), depending on your version of macOS. After the download has finished, use Finder to locate the file on your hard disk.

Installation

Double-click the file you have located in the previous section either from the DVD or from the folder to which you have download it. The file is a disk image that contains the QCAD application. By double-clicking on it, the contents of the file is shown. Drag the QCAD Application icon to the Applications folder that is shown in the same Finder window for convenience.

Launching QCAD

QCAD is now installed on your system. To launch it, open the Applications folder and double-click on the application icon QCAD.

 


Installing QCAD under Linux Systems

Note: Click here for a more detailed guide for Linux users with little or no knowledge of their operating system.

This section of this page is only for users of the Linux operating system.

For the sake of brevity, the version numbers in these instructions are indicated as 3.x.x. Replace this number with the actual version number of the downloaded / purchased QCAD release, for example 3.21.2.

Getting the Correct Installation File

The installation file for Linux Systems is called qcad-3.x.x-pro-linux-x86_32.run or qcad-3.x.x-pro-linux-x86_64.run, depending on the architecture of your Linux system (32bit or 64bit).

Alternatively, there are also tar.gz archives for advanced users who wish to install QCAD manually.

Installation using the installer (.run)

The recommended way to install QCAD on a Linux system is on the console. Please open a console application such as Konsole or xterm. If you have a DVD, insert it into your DVD drive and copy the correct file to your hard disk. For example:

cd /mnt/cdrom/installation/linux
cp qcad-3.x.x-pro-linux-x86_32.run /home/myname

Replace 'myname' with your login name. The exact location where your DVD drive is mounted might be different and depends on your Linux distribution.

Navigate to the location where you have copied or downloaded the installation file. You can use the command cd for that:

cd /home/myname

Now install the file by making it executable and run it:

chmod a+x qcad-3.x.x-pro-linux-x86_32.run
./qcad-3.x.x-pro-linux-x86_32.run

This will create the directory /home/myname/opt/qcad-3.x.x-pro-linux-x86_32 which contains the QCAD application.

Installation using the tar.gz archive

Extract the tar.gz file into any directory of your choice. For this example installation, we use /home/myname/opt:

cd /home/myname/opt
tar xfvz qcad-3.x.x-pro-linux-x86_32.tar.gz

Launching QCAD

Change to the directory /home/myname/opt/qcad-3.x.x-prof.linux.x86_32 where you have installed QCAD and launch QCAD from there:

cd /home/myname/opt/qcad-3.x.x-pro-linux-x86_32
./qcad

Troubleshooting

If QCAD does not run, you might not have all dependencies (required system libraries) installed.

You can check for unmet dependencies as follows:

cd ~/opt/qcad-3.x.x-pro-linux-x86_64
LD_LIBRARY_PATH=. ldd qcad-bin

If you get any "Not found" messages, you need to install the appropriate packages / libraries first.

If you get errors related to GLIBC, you'll have to install the Qt 4 legacy package (with "qt4" in the file name).

32bit QCAD on 64bit Linux

It is also possible (though usually not recommended) to install 32bit QCAD on a 64bit Linux distribution. Most 64bit Linux distributions require additional libraries to be installed before 32bit QCAD can be run:

Fedora 17, 64bit

Some 32bit libraries need to be installed. Since 64bit library versions have to match with 32bit library versions, some 64bit libraries might need to be updated first (alternatively, you can also install older versions for the 32bit libraries).

yum install glibc-devel.x86_64
yum install glibc-devel.i686
yum install mesa-libGLU.x86_64
yum install mesa-libGLU.i686
yum install libXrender.x86_64
yum install libXrender.i686
yum install fontconfig.x86_64
yum install fontconfig.i686
yum install libSM.x86_64
yum install libSM.i686

OpenSUSE 12.1, 64bit

Install the following packages with the YaST - Software Management tool, including automatically resolved dependencies:

Mesa-32bit
libgthread-2_0-0-32bit
libgobject-2_0-0-32bit

OpenSUSE 12.2, 64bit
OpenSUSE 12.3, 64bit

Install the following packages with the YaST - Software Management tool, including automatically resolved dependencies:

Mesa-32bit
Mesa-libGLU1-32bit
libXrender1-32bit
fontconfig-32bit
libgthread-2_0-0-32bit
libgobject-2_0-0-32bit
libSM6-32bit

Ubuntu 12.04, 64bit
Ubuntu 12.10, 64bit
Debian 6, 64bit

Install package ia32-libs, for example using apt-get:

sudo apt-get install ia32-libs

Some distributions (e.g. Debian 6, 64bit) also require a package called ia32-libs-gtk:

sudo apt-get install ia32-libs-gtk