LibreCAD - Free Open Source 2D CAD

A free Open Source CAD application for Windows, Apple and Linux and other *nix platforms. Support and documentation are free from our large, dedicated community of users, contributors and developers.

Category: software, open source, free, graphics, cad

Stable Version: LibreCAD

Release Date:

Runs on: windows, mac, linux, openbsd, netbsd, freebsd, bsd, solaris

windows mac linux openbsd netbsd freebsd bsd solaris

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  • Project Developer: LibreCAD Community
  • License: GNU General Public License (GPL)
  • OpenSource, Free: Yes
  • Written in: C, C++
Building from Source: dependencies
  • Boost, MUParser
  • QT5 (Base, Tools)
  • LLVM or GCC compiler


0 5 4.6
LibreCAD is a free and open-source computer-aided design (CAD) application for 2D design.
the interface and handle concepts are analogous to QCad and FreeCAD. It is easier to use for users with experience in commercial CAD 2D applications such as AutoCAD.

Pros +
  • allows its users to customize its interface
  • available for various platforms, community-driven project
  • compatibility with various file formats, provides seamless interoperability
  • includes almost everything a user or an artist needs when it comes to creating complex 2D designs
  • it features multi-language capability so designers from different parts of the world can understand how the tool works much better
  • straightforward and easy to use for users with experience in using 2D CAD software tools alike
Cons -
  • limited capabilities compared with other commercial software
  • beginners may find it somewhat challenging to navigate at first
  • some features are still expected and were not complete implemented in the current version
  • opening a DWG of a large project sometimes does not work (bug)


LibreCAD can be considered as an all-in-one solution for graphics enthusiasts and industrial designers who are looking for a free tool that can help in creating high-quality CAD project outputs.


  • UI: custom toolbars and menus, movable widgets, command-line, full screen
  • Open and save: DXF, CXF, LFF
  • Import from: DWG, JWW, SHP, PIC
  • Export multiple file format: SVG, PDF, ICO, JPG, PNG, DDS, TIF, BMP, Others...
  • Tool Categories: line, polyline, spline, circle, ellipse, text, dimension
  • Drawing: advanced snapping system, blocks, hatches, layers, templates, 2D iso/ortho
  • Modify features
  • Dimensions, Info, Snap
  • Extension: plugin system, style sheets (appearance)

Screenshot: Main Screen
LibreCAD - Main Screen

Changelog Highlights

2023-07-29 : version

notable changes

  • Fix an undetected vulnerability, opening malformed LFF font files caused a crash
  • Format issues in bundled fonts
  • A regression, finding nearest points on ellipses caused a crash
2023-07-08 : version

notable changes

  • Fixes a minor vulnerability with a mature shapelib
2022-12-17 : version 2.2.0

notable changes

  • Many causes of crashes have been eliminated
  • Eliminated DWG issues in libdxfrw, which caused several crashes
  • Performance of panning and zooming in large files has been significantly improved
  • The undo/redo engine has been completely revised due to several problems
  • Adjustments for new compiler and Qt versions
  • Extension of the command line, multi-line commands, paste and open command files
  • Improvement of the print preview, with tiled printing and line widths adjustment
  • Multiple selection and bulk actions in block and layer lists