How to Install QCAD on Debian 11

Install QCAD on Debian 11

In this article, we will have explained the necessary steps to install QCAD on Debian 11. Before continuing with this tutorial, make sure you are logged in as a user with sudo privileges. All the commands in this tutorial should be run as a non-root user.

QCAD is an open-source 2D CAD (computer-aided drafting) application that helps users create technical drawings. QCAD works on Windows, macOS, and Linux. QCAD is easy to use for beginners and provides extensive tool options for more advanced users as it was designed from the ground up to be a powerful but easy-to-use 2D CAD system.


  • Operating System with Debian 11
  • Server IPv4 Address with Superuser Privileges (Root Access)
  • Gnome Terminal for Linux Desktop
  • PuTTy SSH client for Windows or macOS
  • Powershell for Windows 10/11
  • Familiar with APT Commands

Install QCAD on Debian 11 Bullseye

Step 1. The first command will update the package lists to ensure you get the latest version and dependencies.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt install apt-transport-https ca-certificates curl gnupg-agent software-properties-common

Step 2. Install QCAD.

Add the QCAD’s repository to your system:

echo 'deb [signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/alexp_key.gpg] bullseye main' | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/alexp.list

Then, add the QCAD GPG key:

curl -fsSL | gpg --dearmor | sudo tee /usr/share/keyrings/alexp_key.gpg > /dev/null

After that, install QCAD using the following commands:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install qcad qcad-data

Step 3. Accessing QCAD on Debian.

So far, you have successfully installed QCAD on your Debian 11 machine, and you can start it by running the simple command in the terminal:


That’s all you need to do to install QCAD on Debian 11 BusterBullseye I hope you find this quick tip helpful. For further reading on the installation of QCAD open-source 2D CAD, please refer to their official knowledge base. I hope this article was helpful to you. If you find it useful, don’t forget to share it with your friend and family. Also, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section. We are always there to assist you.