Ade Malsasa Akbar contact
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Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 13:46

This is a list of 2D and 3D CAD, graphics, and animation editing programs for GNU/Linux in AppImage format. AppImage is portable application format that can run on any GNU/Linux distro. They are Blender, Synfig Studio, Krita, Peek, FreeCAD, LibreCAD, QCAD, and GIMP either officially or unofficially available. I wish to help you in 2D and 3D graphics with this list. I don't list here 2D graphics programs (already listed previously) like Scribus as they're clearly not for animation. Finally, I hope I can find more programs like Blender, FreeCAD, and Synfig in the future to be released officially as AppImage. Enjoy!

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See also AppImages list of Graphic Design | Video Editor | Text Editor & IDE

  • Want to update installed AppImage apps? Simple, use AppImageUpdate!
  • Want to find more AppImage apps? See AppImageHub. 
  • Want to test new version of LibreOffice? Try LibreOffice AppImage.
  • Are you the official developer? Consider to publish your software in AppImage format with AppImageKit.

1. Blender

Description: 3D modeler and animator []
Architecture: 64-bit only
Latest version: 2.78
Packager: probono (unofficial)
Download: Blender-2.78-x86_64.AppImage (130MB)
Download page: Bintray Blender

2. Synfig Studio

Description: advanced 2D animation software similar to Macromedia Flash MX
Architecture: 64-bit and 32-bit []
Latest version: 1.3.5
Packager: Synfig Official
Download page:

3. Krita

Description: professional 2D digital painting, drawing, and animation program []
Architecture: 64-bit only
Latest version: 3.0 and 4.1.1
Packager: Krita Official
Download page:

4. Peek

Description: desktop screen to GIF recorder. Can also record WEBM and MP4. Useful for teaching and further animation making []
Architecture: 64-bit only
Latest version: 1.3.1
Packager: Peek Official
Download: peek-1.3.1-0-x86_64.AppImage
Download page:

5. FreeCAD

Description: free/libre and open source 3D CAD software []
Architecture: 64-bit only
Latest version: 0.17
Packager: FreeCAD Official
Download: FreeCAD-13528.glibc2.17-x86_64.AppImage (225MB)
Download page:

6. LibreCAD

Description: free and open source 2D CAD []
Architecture: 64-bit
Latest version: 2.1.1
Packager: probono (unofficial)
Download: LibreCAD-2.1.1+20170111.426.glibc2.14-x86_64.AppImage
Download page: Bintray LibreCAD


Description: free and open source 2D CAD []
Architecture: 64-bit only
Latest version: 3.15.3 and 3.15.5
Packager: probono (unofficial)
Download page: Bintray QCAD


Description: GNU Image Manipulation Program, professional photo retouching and digital painting application similar to Photoshop, with GIF animation capability []
Architecture: 64-bit only
Latest version: 2.9.3
Packager: probono (unofficial)
Download: GIMP-2.9.3.glibc2.15-x86_64.AppImage (70MB)
Download page: Bintray GIMP


About AppImage

AppImage is a way to package a software (for developer) and to install it (for user) in one-file-per-one-app way that is universal for all GNU/Linux distros. With this, a software can be made available in its website for Windows and Mac and GNU/Linux in their respective formats of .exe, .dmg, and .appimage. To run an AppImage formatted software is the same as EXE and DMG, just let it be executable and double-click it! See also a very nice comparison between AppImage, Snappy, and Flatpak. Thanks Simon Peter (probono) for his excellent works at AppImage!

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