Try Fusion-360 installing on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Linux using Wine

Here is a tutorial to learn how to install AutoDesk Fusion 360 on Linux Ubuntu 20.04 LTS using command terminal, Wine and GitHub script.

“Fusion 360” is a CAD/CAM program from Autodesk, known for 3D modeling software. Although it is a paid graphic design software, students and school children can download the professional program for Windows and Mac for free. With this professional tool, you can design mechanical components and master a wide variety of tasks in product design. You can render your drafts, create animations and, with cloud support, help to work collaboratively.

In addition, “Fusion 360” also offers to manage and view your models on a smartphone with the integrated 3D printing utility. However, unfortunately, it is only available for Windows and macOS users, so we cannot install Fusion 360 natively on Linux systems such as Ubuntu. Nevertheless, if your Linux system supports the hardware requirements of this design software, then Wine could help you.

To note: This tutorial is not a 100% guarantee that Fusion 360 will work flawlessly, but in our case it did to some extent. Therefore, one can try as it is quite simple to install Fusion 360 on Linux Ubuntu 20.04 with this tutorial.

Minimum Fusion-360 System Requirements:

  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 1 GB GPU
  • 3 GB of free storage
  • 64-bit x86-based processor with 4 cores, 1.7 GHz or higher
  • Display resolution of 1920 x 1080 or higher

Install Fusion 360 on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Linux

1. Run System Update

Well, it is not necessary, however, it would be a good practice to run system update commands before installing certain applications on Linux systems. This will install available updates, including refreshing the system repository cache.

sudo apt update

2. GitHub script supports Linux systems for Fusion-360

Here we will use a script available at GitHub page supporting the following Linux distributions:

  • Debian 11, 10, LinuxMX
  • Arch Linux
  • Felt
  • OpenSUSE
  • Red Hat
  • Solutions
  • Ubuntu 18.04, Linux Mint 19.x
  • Ubuntu 20.4, Linux Mint 20.x
  • PopOS
  • Ubuntu 21.04
  • Dump Linux
  • gentoo

According to the script developer, the following areas of the software will work fine on Linux:

Construction, animation, rendering, production, simulation, generative design, drawing, electronics, online and offline modes, additional scripts and modules (create spur gear (Python)) and OctoPrint for Autodesk Fusion 360 (Fusion 360 apps).

3. Download and run the script as a non-root user

Just copy the single line command below which will download the script from GitHub and will run to install Wine and Fusion-360.

cd Downloads
wget -N 
chmod +x && bash && exit

4. Install Autodesk Fusion 360 on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Linux

The script will ask you if you want to install Fusion 360 or not. To select Yes and let the setup continue.

Install AutoDesk Fusion 360 on Linux

5. Select Prefer graphics driver

The installation process will also ask you to select the preferred graphics driver for your GPU. Select the appropriate one and press the Enter key.

Select graphics driver

6. Select Ubuntu 20.04 Linux

Now you will see a list of several Linux distributions, select Ubuntu 20.04 or any other Linux system you are using.

Select Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Linux to install Fusion 360

7. Choose the configuration type

By default, the installation uses Linux residence folder to install the files required by Fusion 360, in case you want to do this in some Customs folder then select the given option for the same, if not then leave the fault option as is.

Choose the type of configuration

8. AutoDesk Fusion 360 desktop icon

Once you have followed all the steps, a desktop shortcut icon will be created. Right-click and select the “Allow launch” option.

Fusion Desktop Shortcut for Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Start using Fusion 360 on your Linux distribution including Ubuntu 20.04, however, remember that your system must meet the software system requirements.