I always like to take the latest FreeCAD version to check out new features that are coming along.
Since I use a Mac operating system things aren’t the same as using a Windows or Linux system.
Some software is useful to have already installed to help in the compiling process:
Latest python, Xcode and homebrew should be installed.
Then in a terminal window type:
brew tap homebrew/science brew tap freecad/freecad brew install eigen brew install --only-dependencies freecad --with-packaging-utils
(Repeat again the same instruction it seems that not everything is installed at first run)
brew install --only-dependencies freecad --with-packaging-utils brew install gmsh --with-opencascade Brew install netgen brew install homebrew/science/nglib --with-opencascade
After setting up all the necessary content it’s time to compile!
The source and build folders are created side-by-side under username. This will change from system to system (it’s your home folder name)
Create a folder named FreeCAD
mkdir ~/FreeCAD cd ~/FreeCAD
You will get the following folder configuration:
The following command will clone the FreeCAD git repository into a directory called FreeCAD-git.
git clone https://github.com/FreeCAD/FreeCAD FreeCAD-git
Create the build folder.
mkdir ~/FreeCAD/build cd build
Now we need to configure (this part can change with time depending of path locations and versions):
cmake \ -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE="Release" \ -DBUILD_QT5=1 \ -DCMAKE_PREFIX_PATH="/usr/local/Cellarfirstname.lastname@example.org/5.6.2/lib/cmake" \ -DFREECAD_USE_EXTERNAL_KDL=1 \ -DBUILD_FEM_NETGEN=1 \ -DFREECAD_CREATE_MAC_APP=1 \ -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX="./.." \ -OCC_INCLUDE_DIR="/usr/local/Cellar/opencascade/7.1.0_1/include/opencascade/" \ ../FreeCAD-git/
Compiling: use -j and a number (for 4 cores I use 4 + 1)
make -j5 install