FreeCAD System Requirements

The system requirements for FreeCAD can vary depending on the specific version and operating system you are using. It's important to note that the complexity of your CAD models and the specific tasks you perform in FreeCAD may require higher system specifications. However, here are the general minimum and recommended system requirements for running FreeCAD:

Minimum System Requirements

  • Operating System: Windows 7/8/10, macOS 10.11 or later, or a Linux distribution
  • Processor: 64-bit processor (multi-core recommended)
  • RAM: 4GB or more
  • Graphics Card: OpenGL-compatible graphics card
  • Hard Drive Space: 1GB of free disk space

Recommended System Requirements

  • Operating System: Windows 10, macOS 10.14 or later, or a Linux distribution
  • Processor: Multi-core processor with a clock speed of 2GHz or higher
  • RAM: 8GB or more
  • Graphics Card: Dedicated graphics card with OpenGL 4.0 support or higher
  • Hard Drive Space: SSD with at least 10GB of free disk space

If you plan to work on large, complex projects or engage in resource-intensive operations, such as simulations or rendering, you may benefit from a more powerful hardware configuration, including a faster processor, more RAM, and a high-performance graphics card.

As of June 2023, these are some other important considerations for FreeCAD.


FreeCAD's underlying geometric modeling kernel, the OpenCASCADE Technology (OCCT) third-party library, has only partial multi-threading support at this time.

For Mac users

Only the MacIntel architecture is supported. There are no builds available for the PowerPC architecture.


If you have any trouble running FreeCAD, check out their community-collated troubleshooting page.

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