Draftsight CAD software on Ubuntu 13.10 or 12.04 64-bit

You can easily install this and other .deb programs that have complicated prerequisites by using GDebi:

sudo apt-get install gdebi

Then type:

sudo gdebi ~/Downloads/draftsight.deb

 

Manual, complicated way follows:

You can also consider trying more libre options

Note: These directions applied to Draftsight version V1R3.1 .. V1R5.0

Note: alternatively, Draftsight Windows version will run mostly fine under Wine 1.6.

Here’s how to install the Draftsight V1R5 prerequisites on Ubuntu 12.04, 12.10, 13.04, and Ubuntu 13.10
sudo apt-get install libxcb-render-util0:i386 libpixman-1-0:i386 libgtk2.0-0:i386 libaudio2:i386 libdirectfb-1.2-9:i386 libdirectfb-extra:i386
libpango1.0-0:i386 libpangox-1.0-0:i386 libpangoxft-1.0-0:i386
libts-0.0-0:i386 libxft2:i386

Now, we’ll install Draftsight
sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/draftSight.deb

and fix the missing requirements if any with a second command:
sudo apt-get -f install

now try typing draftsight at terminal and see if the splash screen AND the second window requesting your registration pops up (careful, this second registration window is sometimes hidden under other app windows you have open!)
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If draftsight isn’t “found”, probably the link wasn’t put automatically into /usr/bin/draftsight. In that case, try:

cd /opt/dassault-systemes/DraftSight/Linux/
(Note: before V1R5, path was: cd /opt/dassault-systemes/draftsight/bin )
and type
./draftsight
If that works, then you need to create a softlink to the binary by typing in Terminal:
sudo ln -s /opt/dassault-systemes/DraftSight/Linux/DraftSight /usr/bin/draftsight
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if you don’t have an icon in the “start menu” of Ubuntu, try doing in Terminal:
sudo nano /usr/share/applications/draftsight.desktop
and paste this content into this file then save and try your start menu again:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=DraftSight (Linux)
Comment=Edit DWG/DXF files
GenericName=DraftSight
Exec="/opt/dassault-systemes/DraftSight/Linux/DraftSight"
Type=Application
Terminal=false
Icon=dassault-systemes.draftsight

Categories=Application;Graphics;
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Note, you may not be able to X-Forward your desktop running Draftsight. I haven’t tried VNC.

6 Comments

Shaun posted on January 13, 2013 at 13:57

I’ve followed the instructions to install for 32-bit ubuntu. upon initial opening, DraftSight showed the toolbar containing “file;edit;draw;modify;dimension;layer” etc… I turned off my computer for a short period of time, then turned it back on and opened draftsight, and now the toolbar containing the above mentioned options has disappeared and I am unable to restore it. I attempted uninstalling and reinstalling, however it has not proven successful…. please advise

Fernando posted on April 9, 2013 at 00:52

Thank you for the post, it worked for my Linux Mint 14 64-bits. I translated the instructions to Portuguese: http://ferlantyz.wordpress.com/2013/04/09/instalando-o-cad-2d-draftsight-no-linux-mint-14-64-bits-ubuntu-12-10/

Dan posted on April 13, 2013 at 12:05

Thank you for taking the time to post this information. It solved many hours of frustration for me.

Thanks,

Dan

Anton posted on April 25, 2013 at 04:27

really appreciate the info – definitely saved a serious headache.

Jon Ball posted on May 10, 2013 at 08:32

Just tried this procedure on Ubuntu 13.04 64bit and it works just fine. Thanks for the help!

Thomas Gromeier posted on October 8, 2013 at 02:56

Just tried, works fine

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