This article explains the steps to install Eagle cad and PCB-GCODE to my computer. Installing Eagle is not very difficult.
- Go to http://www.cadsoftusa.com/download.htm. Right click the link for Linux and select save link as. Save it to the Desktop.
- Once downloaded, you’ll follow the instructions from Cadsoft. Open up the terminal and navigate to /home/user-name/Desktop and execute the command “sh eagle-lin-5.10.0.run”. The program will begin.
- Follow the prompts as Eagle installs. Once the Eagle installer is complete, Eagle will be ready to run. You may have to copy the file located at /home/username/eagle-5.10.0/bin named eagle to your desktop to easily open Eagle. This is what I did. I simply copy and pasted it.
Once you open Eagle for the first time, you may have to tell it where the key file is located. It is in /eagle-5.10.0/bin, and it is named freeware.key. Finally, Eagle is going to want to make new folders for you in your home directory. These folders already exist in the eagle-5.10.0 folder, so I clicked no to all of them. In Eagle, go to the directories and set each one to the exact location: /home/username/eagle-5.10.0/[folder], where folder is either ulp, scr, dru, lib, cam. I used /home/username/mygcode/ for my projects folder. You can use whatever you want to.
Installing PCB-GCODE is also very simple.
- Go to http://www.pcbgcode.org and go to the forum. Click Software and then downloads. Download the latest release to your Desktop.
- Open the file in the Archive Viewer.
- In Places, click Computer and navigate to /home/username/eagle-5.10.0/ulp/.
- Simply select all of the files in the Archive Viewer and drag them to the ulp folder.
- That’s all you have to do. The next segment will focus on taking a board in Eagle and converting it to Gcode.