The port of FreeCAD to Python 3 support is currently underway and progress is being tracked in this forum thread. The master branch of FreeCAD is already usable with python3. Tests are passing, but there are still many little incompatibilities. TESTERS WANTED!
This document is a placeholder for various platforms' build instructions and a checklist to monitor progress.
Building FreeCAD w/ Python 3
The first step in building FreeCAD for Python 3 is ensuring you can build normally. Tip: It's also helpful to have a cmake GUI tool like cmake-qt-gui or cmake-curses-gui.
The following instructions are adapted from a post by looo in the Python 3 porting thread: Note: tested only with linux/ubuntu.
Download the current master of FreeCAD
git clone https://github.com/FreeCAD/FreeCAD
If python3 is your default python then there shouldn't be much to do. If not I think the easiest is to do: Set the python relevant cmake variables with cmake-gui which are:
- PYTHON_EXECUTABLE - PYTHON_INCLUDE_DIR - PYTHON_LIBRARY - PYTHON_BASENAME (=PySideConfigPYTHON_SUFFIX.cmake) -> for me on ubuntu this would be this: .cpython-35m-x86_64-linux-gnu - PYTHON_SUFFIX (=ShibokenConfigPYTHON_SUFFIX.cmake) -> eg.: .cpython-35m-x86_64-linux-gnu
python3 builds for freecad are available with this ppa
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:sppedflyer/mytestppa1 sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install python3-pivy
PySide for python3.5 isn't officially available, but I think ubuntu provides a build.
sudo apt-get install python3-pyside
Test builds on anaconda (linux64)
wget -c http://repo.continuum.io/miniconda/Miniconda-latest-Linux-x86_64.sh bash Miniconda-latest-Linux-x86_64.sh
and follow the instructions
once miniconda is installed we have to configure conda to have access to the freecad-builds:
conda config --add channels conda-forge conda config --add channels freecad
now we create a new enviroment and install freecad
conda create --name freecad_py3 python=3.6 freecad
this will download all the necessary packages. When done activate the enviroment and start FreeCAD
source activate freecad_py3 FreeCAD
the first time you launch freecad, matplotlib loads some modules, and therefore FreeCAD will need some time to show up.
Install miniconda: http://conda.pydata.org/miniconda.html
conda install conda_build
conda config --add channels freecad conda config --add channels conda-forge
Clone the current Python 3 port of FreeCAD
git clone https://github.com/looooo/FreeCAD/tree/py3-27
Clone the conda-recipes for FreeCAD
git clone https://github.com/looooo/FreeCAD_Conda
- go to FreeCAD_Conda/.FreeCAD_debug
- set the variables on top of the script (the path to FreeCAD, and if you want to build with calling cmake)
conda build . --python=3.6 --dirty
(the dirty flag isn't necessary if you build the first time. If it isn't set conda does a full build all the time. The python option is not necessary if you have installed python3.6 miniconda version. But then you have to set this flag to build with python2.7....)
- Follow latest Pyside developments:
- Progress Notes: https://wiki.qt.io/PySide2#Pyside_Development_Progress_Notes
- Git commits: http://code.qt.io/cgit/pyside/pyside.git/log/