TechDraw Templates

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Every TechDraw page is based on a Template object. The Template controls paper size and contains fixed text graphics and text, for example, a page frame or border.

The Template can also contain editable text fields for attributes like Title, Subtitle, Author, Date, Scale, Weight, Drawing number and Sheet.

Templates are SVG files which can be created and modified outside of FreeCAD, with an application such as Inkscape.


  • DataOrientation: Portrait or Landscape.
  • DataWidth: Paper width in mm.
  • DataHeight: Paper height in mm.
  • DataPage Result: A copy of the original Template file including all changes to editable texts. This allows users who may not have a copy of the Template file to see the Page as intended. Not typically useful for end users.
  • DataTemplate: a) A pointer to the copy of the original Template file which is incorporated into this *.FCSTD file, or b) a filepath to a template accessible on the current machine. Use the file selection ellipsis (...) to change to a different template.

Changing Template File

To change the template of a drawing

  1. click the desired page in the tree
  2. if not already open the tree should open a small sub-tree with several leaves
  3. Select the Template leaf
  4. in the property panel/Data Tab/Template is the path to the template file. To change the file press the ellipsis button ('...'). This will open your default template folder (as set in Preferences/TechDraw).
  5. select another template file.

The new file will be opened directly.

When you want to update a changed template file note that you have to load another file before you can select the same file again. This is because the selection of the same file is ignored.

Custom Templates

A limited number of pre-formatted templates in various standard page sizes are included with FreeCAD. These are found in


Where $INSTALL_DIR is the directory where FreeCAD was installed, for example


Custom templates can also be specified as a default in the TechDraw Preferences.

See also How to make a custom TechDraw template.


  • TechDraw Templates are not entirely interchangeable with Drawing Templates. In general, Drawing templates will work in TechDraw, but there may be problems with editable text.
  • The xml:space="preserve" clause sometimes causes problems with text size and positioning. It is best to avoid/remove this clause from your custom template's SVG code.
  • Templates work best when they contain no extraneous SVG code (called "garbage SVG" by some). There is a good article on removing garbage from SVG here. The article is in Russian.

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