freecad - Man Page

An extensible Open Source CAx program for Unix/X11


freecad [options] files
freecadcmd [options] files


FreeCAD is an Open Source CAx RAD based on OpenCasCade, Qt and Python. It features  some key concepts like macro recording, workbenches, ability to run as a  server and dynamically loadable application extensions and it is designed  to be platform independent.


freecad starts with a GUI while freecadcmd is only a pure command line version that starts a Python interpreter.


These programs follow the usual GNU command line syntax, with long options starting with two dashes (`-'). A summary of the options supported by freecad is included below.

Generic options

-h, --help

Show summary of options.

-v, --version

Show version of program.

-c, --console

Start in console mode.

--response-file arg

Can be specified with '@name', too.


-l, --write-log

Write a log file.

-t, --run-test arg

Test level.

-M, --module-path arg

Additional module path.

-P, --python-path arg

Additional Python path.

See Also

To get more information about FreeCAD, please visit


To report a bug, please visit


This manual page was written by Werner Mayer.

Referenced By

The man pages FreeCAD(1) and FreeCADCmd(1) are aliases of freecad(1).

July 25, 2007 Linux User's Manual