What is QCAD?

QCAD is a free, open source application for computer aided drafting (CAD) in two dimensions (2D). With QCAD you can create technical drawings such as plans for buildings, interiors, mechanical parts or schematics and diagrams. QCAD works on Windows, macOS and Linux. The source code of QCAD is released under the GPL version 3 (GPLv3), a popular Open Source license.

A proprietary professional version is available with DWG support and many advanced features.

Who Uses QCAD?

Mechanical engineers, CAM, architects, interior / exterior designers, landscaping, etc.

Where can QCAD be deployed?

Mac (Desktop), Windows (Desktop), Linux (Desktop)

About the vendor

  • Ribbonsoft
  • Founded in 2005
  • Phone Support

Countries available

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Andorra and 224 others

Languages

English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and 1 others

About the vendor

  • Ribbonsoft
  • Founded in 2005
  • Phone Support

Countries available

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Andorra and 224 others

Languages

English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and 1 others

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Features of QCAD

  • 2D Drawing
  • Drafting

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Reviews of QCAD

Average score

Overall
4.2
Ease of Use
4.0
Customer Service
4.5
Features
4.0
Value for Money
4.3

Reviews by company size (employees)

  • <50
  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001

Find reviews by score

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40%
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3
20%
Cesar A
Cesar A
Analyst in Venezuela
Verified LinkedIn User
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

Design in 2 dimensions with high precision and detail

5.0 4 years ago

Pros:

Forget about a private software QCAD works perfect for two dimension designs, you can do simple or very complex designs, the tools are very intuitive, you can use for draws or design buildings, house, kitchens, the layout and the print option are very easy to use, it is free and very powerful.

Cons:

It can be a little unstable sometimes, but the greatest limitation is that you can modeling anything in three dimensions, and if you want to do a render you have to use another software.

Verified Reviewer
Founder/ Managing Director in Australia
Verified LinkedIn User
Civil Engineering, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

Alternatives Considered:

Great open source alternative to AutoCAD

4.0 2 years ago

Comments: This has been a joy to discover as AutoCAD is very pricey for my needs. I need a CAD software that does the basics well but I am not using it all the time. I need to work with the industry standard .dwg and convert to PDF. QCAD does all this and more.

Pros:

Simple but robust feature set for routine 2D CAD work. Good interface, more like AutoCAD 2000 than 2021, but very usable. Dedicated advocates who develop additional features and functions. Simple annual payment gets one all the upgrades that year as a perpetual license. Good interoperability with .dwg files.

Cons:

The UI is a little dated and some of the tools are not as polished as they could be, but these are small issues given the excellent price point.

Steven
Steven
Tooling Engineer / CNC Programmer / Operator in UK
Verified LinkedIn User
Design, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 1-5 months
Reviewer Source

Alternatives Considered:

It's good, however!

3.0 last year

Comments: This software has potential to be amazing, especially if it stays at the same price. However updates / improvements are needed in my opinion. Mostly to do with ease of use. Simplifying some of the standard tools in my opinion would be helpful. Vcarve (which is a vector CNC software) is a great example of what I mean. I use that on a daily basis and it's extremely easy to use and is centered around the same mechanics as 2D CAD software. Unfortunately I will be sticking with DraftSight for now despite costing double the price. To be honest it costs more because at the moment it's a better software.

Pros:

The best thing about this software is the price. I currently use DraftSight, however this is half the price for essentially the same thing. It looks professional and has a lot of features. The layout I really like. It seems to be optimized well and I haven't found any bugs as of yet. This could be used to create some really complicated and in depth drawings.

Cons:

It might be because I'm swapping over from different software after so long, but some of the simplest tools such as trimming seem to be overly complicated. From my experience so far the auto trim is simply useless. When I want to trim a line that over laps another line, I want to select the trim option then trim the line I want to trim, that's it! This software does not operate like that. You have to do everything separately through a series of different tool editors within each tool. It's just to much. I literally spend most of the time on this software trying to figure out how to trim or get a polyline to bend or some other simple task that shouldn't take long at all. The ease of use is quite terrible and it unfortunately effects the efficiency. For me, I can draw something on DraftSight in half the time. This is probably the reason why they recommend to purchase the training document alongside this software. In my opinion 2D CAD software is 2D CAD software, the only deciding factor is the price (that's pretty much the only difference between AutoCAD and DraftSight). If I cant open this program and draw something that I have previously drawn on other software packages within relative ease then I'm at a loss.

Vaughan
Engineer in New Zealand
Education Management, Self Employed
Used the Software for: Free Trial
Reviewer Source

Excellent product

5.0 2 years ago

Comments: Very simple to download. This cad software works well ... better than Autodesk LT, and Draftsight. Well done team!

Pros:

Qcad has the best range of useable functions I have found. Lots of text options, fills, snap points and drawing tools for 2D drafting.

Cons:

The trim functions could be a little easier to use. However the break tool is great.

Verified Reviewer
Research Assistant in Canada
Verified LinkedIn User
Higher Education, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Review of QCAD

4.0 4 years ago

Pros:

It is easy to use and draw features. Even importing Cad files and modfiying them

Cons:

If the 3D version is added it would be a revolution