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If you'd like to contribute to FreeCAD, see the [[Help FreeCAD|Help FreeCAD]] page. If you'd like to edit this wiki, request a wiki account with editor permissions [https://forum.freecadweb.org/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=6830 in the forum], and read the [[WikiPages|WikiPages]] for the general guidelines that you should follow.
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If you'd like to contribute to FreeCAD, please [[donate|donate]], and see the [[Help_FreeCAD|Help FreeCAD]] page for other ways to contribute. If you'd like to edit this wiki, request a wiki account with editor permissions [https://forum.freecadweb.org/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=6830 in the forum], and read the [[WikiPages|WikiPages]] for the general guidelines that you should follow.
  
 
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If you would like to know how FreeCAD started years ago visit the [[History|History]] page.
 
If you would like to know how FreeCAD started years ago visit the [[History|History]] page.
  
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* [[About FreeCAD|Application Overview]]: A general overview of FreeCAD
 
* [[About FreeCAD|Application Overview]]: A general overview of FreeCAD
* [[Installing|Installing]]: How to install FreeCAD on [[Install on Windows|Windows]], [[Install on Unix|Unix/Linux]] and [[Install on Mac|Mac]]
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* [[Installing|Installing]]: How to install FreeCAD on [[Install on Windows|Windows]], [[Install_on_Linux|Linux]] and [[Install on Mac|Mac]]
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* [[Installing Helpfile|Installing help files]]: how to install the offline documentation which is based on this wiki.
 
* [[Getting started|Getting started]]: A quick overview of the available tools
 
* [[Getting started|Getting started]]: A quick overview of the available tools
* [[FAQ|FAQ]]: Frequently asked questions
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* [[FAQ/en|FAQ]]: Frequently asked questions
 
* [[Tutorials|Tutorials]] covering different parts of FreeCAD
 
* [[Tutorials|Tutorials]] covering different parts of FreeCAD
  
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* [[Migrating_to_FreeCAD_from_Fusion360|Migrating to FreeCAD from Fusion360]]
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* [[Mouse Model|Mouse Model]]: The use of the mouse to navigate in the 3D space
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* [[Interface|Interface]]: the FreeCAD interface is composed of various graphical elements on the screen, including the [[3D view|3D view]], the [[tree view|tree view]], the [[property editor|property editor]], the [[task panel|task panel]], and the [[Python console|Python console]].
* [[Document structure|Document structure]]: How a FreeCAD document is organized
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* [[Mouse Model|Mouse navigation]]: the different types of using the mouse or trackpad to navigate in the 3D view.
* [[Preferences Editor|Preferences]] and [[Interface Customization|Customization]]: How you can configure FreeCAD to your needs
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* [[Selection_methods|Selection methods]]: the different methods of selecting objects in the software.
* [[Property editor|Properties]]: How objects properties work in FreeCAD
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* [[Object_name|Object name]]: all objects have a read-only {{incode|Name}} that uniquely identifies them, and a {{incode|Label}} which is user editable.
* [[Workbenches|Workbench Concept]]: How the FreeCAD interface is organized
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* [[Preferences_Editor|Preferences Editor]]: the system that allows you to control many properties of the base system and of the individual workbenches.
* [[Macros|Macros]]: How to easily automate often repeated tasks
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* [[Import_Export|File formats]]: the different file formats that FreeCAD can read and write.
* [[Import_Export|File formats]]: The different file formats that FreeCAD can read and write
 
  
 
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These are the base workbenches bundled with every installation of FreeCAD:
 
  
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* [[Image:Workbench_Arch.svg|24px]] Use the [[Arch Module|Arch Workbench]] to work with architectural elements.
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[[Workbenches|Workbenches]] are collections of tools that are used for a relatively specific task. These are the base workbenches bundled with every installation of FreeCAD:
* [[Image:Workbench_Complete.svg|24px]] The [[Complete_Workbench|Complete Workbench]] holds all commands and features from all the modules and workbenches which met certain quality criteria.
 
* [[Image:Workbench_Draft.svg|24px]] The [[Draft Module|Draft Workbench]] contains 2D tools and basic 2D and 3D CAD operations.
 
* [[Image:Workbench_Drawing.svg|24px]] Use the [[Drawing Module|Drawing Workbench]] to display your 3D work on a 2D sheet.
 
* [[Image:Workbench_FEM.svg|24px]] The [[FEM Module|FEM Workbench]] provides a [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finite_element_method Finite Element Analysis] (FEA) workflow.
 
  
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* [[Image:Workbench_Image.svg|24px]] Use the [[Image Module|Image Workbench]] to work with bitmap images.
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* [[File:Freecad.svg|32px]] [[Std_Base|Std Base]]. This is not really a workbench, but rather a category of 'standard' commands and tools that can be used in all workbenches.
* [[Image:Workbench_Inspection.svg|24px]] The [[Inspection Workbench|Inspection Workbench]] provides specific tools for examination of shapes. It is still in development.  
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* [[Image:Workbench_Arch.svg|32px]] The [[Arch Module|Arch Workbench]] for working with architectural elements.
* [[Image:Workbench_Mesh.svg|24px]] Use the [[Mesh Module|Mesh Workbench]] to work with triangulated meshes.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Draft.svg|32px]] The [[Draft Module|Draft Workbench]] contains 2D tools and basic 2D and 3D CAD operations.
* [[Image:Workbench_OpenSCAD.svg|24px]] The [[OpenSCAD Module|OpenSCAD Workbench]] for interoperability with OpenSCAD and repairing Constructive Solid Geometry (CSG) model history.
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* [[Image:Workbench_FEM.svg|32px]] The [[FEM Module|FEM Workbench]] provides Finite Element Analysis (FEA) workflow.
* [[Image:Workbench_Part.svg|24px]] Use the [[Part Module|Part Workbench]] to work with CAD parts.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Image.svg|32px]] The [[Image Module|Image Workbench]] for working with bitmap images.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Inspection.svg|32px]] The [[Inspection Workbench|Inspection Workbench]] is made to give you specific tools for examination of shapes. It is still in development.  
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* [[Image:Workbench_Mesh.svg|32px]] The [[Mesh Workbench|Mesh Workbench]] for working with triangulated meshes.
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* [[Image:Workbench_OpenSCAD.svg|32px]] The [[OpenSCAD Module|OpenSCAD Workbench]] for interoperability with OpenSCAD and repairing [[constructive solid geometry|constructive solid geometry]] (CSG) model history.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Part.svg|32px]] The [[Part Module|Part Workbench]] for working with CAD parts.
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* [[Image:Workbench_PartDesign.svg|32px]] The [[PartDesign Workbench|Part Design Workbench]] for building Part shapes from sketches.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Path.svg|32px]] The [[Path_Workbench|Path Workbench]] is used to produce G-Code instructions. It is still in a stage of development.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Points.svg|32px]] The [[Points_Module|Points Workbench]]  for working with point clouds.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Raytracing.svg|32px]] The [[Raytracing Module|Raytracing Workbench]] for working with ray-tracing (rendering)
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* [[Image:Workbench_Reverse_Engineering.svg|32px]] The [[Reverse Engineering Workbench|Reverse Engineering Workbench]] is intended to provide specific tools to convert shapes/solids/meshes into parametric FreeCAD-compatible features. (under development)
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* [[Image:Workbench_Robot.svg|32px]] The [[Robot_Workbench|Robot Workbench]] for studying robot movements.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Sketcher.svg|32px]] The [[Sketcher Workbench|Sketcher Workbench]] for working with geometry-constrained sketches.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Spreadsheet.svg|32px]] The [[Spreadsheet Workbench|Spreadsheet Workbench]] for creating and manipulating spreadsheet data.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Start.svg|32px]] The [[Start_Workbench|Start Center Workbench]] allows you to quickly jump to one of the most common workbenches.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Surface.svg|32px]] The [[Surface_Module|Surface workbench]] provides tools to create and modify surfaces. It is similar as the Part Shape builder Face from edges.
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* [[Image:Workbench_TechDraw.svg|32px]] The [[TechDraw Module|TechDraw Workbench]] is the more advanced and feature-rich successor of [[Drawing Module|Drawing]]
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* [[Image:Workbench_Test.svg|32px]] The [[Testing|Test Framework Workbench]] is for debugging FreeCAD.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Web.svg|32px]] The [[Web Workbench|Web Workbench]] provides you with a browser window instead of the [[3D view|3D view]] within FreeCAD.
  
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* [[Image:Workbench_PartDesign.svg|24px]] Use the [[PartDesign Workbench|Part Design Workbench]] to build Part shapes from sketches.
 
* [[Image:Workbench_Path.svg|24px]] Use the [[Path_Workbench|Path Workbench]] to produce G-Code instructions. It is still in a stage of development. Only basic functions in 0.16
 
* [[Image:Workbench_Plot.svg|24px]] Use the [[Plot Module|Plot Workbench]] to edit and save output plots created from other modules and tools.
 
* [[Image:Workbench_Points.svg|24px]] Use the [[Points_Module|Points Workbench]] to work with point clouds.
 
* [[Image:Workbench_Raytracing.svg|24px]] Use the [[Raytracing Module|Raytracing Workbench]] to work with ray-tracing (rendering)
 
  
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* [[Image:Workbench_Reverse_Engineering.svg|24px]] The [[Reverse Engineering Workbench|Reverse Engineering Workbench]] is intended to give you specific tools to convert shapes/solids/meshes into parametric FreeCAD-compatible features. It is still in development.
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[[Macros|Macros]] are relatively small snippets of [[Python|Python]] code that perform a simple or a complex task that is not available in the base FreeCAD system.
* [[Image:Workbench_Robot.svg|24px]] Use the [[Robot_Workbench|Robot Workbench]] to study robot movements.
 
* [[Image:Workbench_Ship.svg|24px]] The [[Ship Workbench|Ship Workbench]] FreeCAD-Ship works over Ship entities, that must be created on top of provided geometry.
 
* [[Image:Workbench_Sketcher.svg|24px]] Use the [[Sketcher Module|Sketcher Workbench]] to work with geometry-constrained sketches.
 
* [[Image:Workbench_Spreadsheet.svg|24px]] Use the [[Spreadsheet Module|Spreadsheet Workbench]] to create and manipulating spreadsheet data.
 
  
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* [[Image:Workbench_Start.svg|24px]] The [[Start_Workbench|Start Center Workbench]] allows you to quickly jump to the most common workbenches.
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Power users have written various [[macros|macros]] to enhance FreeCAD with more capabilities.
* [[Image:Workbench_Surface.svg|24px]] The [[Surface_Module|Surface Module]] the Surface workbench provides tools to create and modify surfaces.
 
* [[Image:Workbench_TechDraw.svg|24px]] The [[TechDraw Module|TechDraw Workbench]] is the more advanced and feature-rich successor of [[Drawing Module|Drawing]]
 
* [[Image:Workbench_Test.svg|24px]] The [[Testing|Test Framework Workbench]] is for debugging FreeCAD.
 
* [[Image:Workbench_Web.svg|24px]] The [[Web Workbench|Web Workbench]] provides you with a browser window instead of the 3D-View within FreeCAD.
 
  
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Power users have extended FreeCAD with various custom [[External_workbenches|external workbenches]] that are not integrated into the FreeCAD source code, but are easy to install on an existing FreeCAD installation. See [[external workbenches|external workbenches]] for an overview of these workbenches.
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Since FreeCAD 0.17, many macros can be installed using the [[Std AddonMgr|Addon Manager]]. For a list of the macros refer to the [[macros recipes|macros recipes]] page. For manual installation see [[How to install macros|How to install macros]].
  
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Since FreeCAD 0.17 these workbenches can be installed using the [[Std AddonMgr|Addon Manager]]. For manual installation see [[How to install additional workbenches|How to install additional workbenches]].
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Power users have written various [[macros|macros]] to enhance FreeCAD with more capabilities.
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[[External_workbenches|External workbenches]] are collections of functions that are not part of the base FreeCAD system, usually developed by experienced users, and targeting a particular need.
  
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Since FreeCAD 0.17 macros can be installed using the [[Std AddonMgr|Addon Manager]]. For a list of the macros refer to the [[macros recipes|macros recipes]] page. For manual installation see [[How to install macros|How to install macros]].
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* The [[FreeCAD Community Portal|FreeCAD Community Portal]] lists projects made by community members around FreeCAD.
 
* The [[FreeCAD Community Portal|FreeCAD Community Portal]] lists projects made by community members around FreeCAD.
 
* Don't understand a term or phrase as used in FreeCAD?  Try the [[Glossary|Glossary]] page.
 
* Don't understand a term or phrase as used in FreeCAD?  Try the [[Glossary|Glossary]] page.
 
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This is the main help area for newcomers to FreeCAD.

These pages are in continuous development, so there may be missing or outdated information. If you cannot find the information that you need, don't hesitate to ask in the FreeCAD forum.

If you'd like to contribute to FreeCAD, please donate, and see the Help FreeCAD page for other ways to contribute. If you'd like to edit this wiki, request a wiki account with editor permissions in the forum, and read the WikiPages for the general guidelines that you should follow.

If you would like to know how FreeCAD started years ago visit the History page.

Using FreeCAD

Introduction

See also:

Basic application

Workbenches

Workbenches are collections of tools that are used for a relatively specific task. These are the base workbenches bundled with every installation of FreeCAD:

Macros

Macros are relatively small snippets of Python code that perform a simple or a complex task that is not available in the base FreeCAD system.

Power users have written various macros to enhance FreeCAD with more capabilities.

Since FreeCAD 0.17, many macros can be installed using the Addon Manager. For a list of the macros refer to the macros recipes page. For manual installation see How to install macros.

External workbenches

When many macros or functions are developed together, and are organized in toolbars and menus, they can become a new workbench.

External workbenches are collections of functions that are not part of the base FreeCAD system, usually developed by experienced users, and targeting a particular need.

Since FreeCAD 0.17, many workbenches can be installed using the Addon Manager. For manual installation see How to install additional workbenches.

Reference

Online Help

This is the official FreeCAD online help. Please note that the whole online help system is currently being reworked. It will be used to generate a .CHM file, that will be distributed with the binary packages of FreeCAD. At the moment the online help summarizes some of the most complete sections of this wiki.

More

  • The Power users hub is the place to go if you would like to see more advanced use of FreeCAD
  • The FreeCAD Community Portal lists projects made by community members around FreeCAD.
  • Don't understand a term or phrase as used in FreeCAD? Try the Glossary page.