The Linux version is supplied as an architecture dependent self extracting run archive. It can be installed on most distros by executing the downloaded file. There is however one small issue. The installer does not create a desktop entry for the main EAGLE executable. Therefore you have to navigate to the folder where it is installed each time you want to launch it.
Besides showing how to install it (on Ubuntu), this article will give you a simple desktop entry file that will bring a shortcut to EAGLE in your distro application menu. Note that you will have to change version numbers accordingly, because EAGLE is updated frequently.
This is the official download page for EAGLE. You must choose the right version for your system architecture. To download it, right click and choose Save Link As. After the download finishes, navigate to the download folder and open a terminal there (you can right click and choose Open in Terminal). You have to decide whether you will install EAGLE with administrator rights or as a normal user. If you run the installer with sudo, it will install in /opt/eagle-x.x.x folder. Otherwise it will install in your user folder. Here are the commands:
chmod a+x eagle-lin*.run [sudo] ./eagle-lin*.runWait for the archive to decompress and you should see the installation Welcome screen. If some shared library is missing you'll see the error message in the terminal.
|EAGLE Setup initial window|
|EAGLE Setup installation directory|
Now, if you want to launch EAGLE, you have to go to /opt/eagle-7.5.0/bin (or /home/user/eagle-7.5.0/bin) and double click eagle executable. If you want to find it in Dash or other application menus, open a text editor and paste this inside:
[Desktop Entry] Name=EAGLE 7.5.0 GenericName=Schematic capture and PCB designer Comment=Complete EDA suite Exec=/opt/eagle-7.5.0/bin/eagle %U Terminal=false Type=Application StartupNotify=true Icon=/opt/eagle-7.5.0/bin/eagleicon50.png Categories=Electronics;Utility;Science; MimeType=application/xmlAdjust paths if needed. If you installed as normal user, replace /opt folder with /home/yourname. Save this as, let's say eagledesktop in any folder you want and open a terminal in that folder. If you have EAGLE installed in your home folder, you should also add the desktop entry in the current user folder. So, move it like this:
mv eagledesktop ~/.local/share/applications/eagle.desktopIf you installed EAGLE system wide, you should make a system wide desktop entry like this:
sudo mv eagledesktop /usr/share/applications/eagle.desktopIf you want an automated script that does all this, including the download, here it is:
For 64 bit Linux:
#!/bin/bash wget http://web.cadsoft.de/ftp/eagle/program/7.5/eagle-lin64-7.5.0.run chmod a+x ./eagle-lin64-7.5.0.run ./eagle-lin64-7.5.0.run /opt printf "[Desktop Entry]\nName=EAGLE 7.5.0\nGenericName=Schematic capture and PCB designer\nComment=Complete EDA suite\nExec=/opt/eagle-7.5.0/bin/eagle %%U\nTerminal=false\nType=Application\nStartupNotify=true\nIcon=/opt/eagle-7.5.0/bin/eagleicon50.png\nCategories=Electronics;Utility;Science;\nMimeType=application/xml" | tee eagle.desktop mv eagle.desktop /usr/share/applications/eagle.desktop rm ./eagle-lin64-7.5.0.run /opt/eagle-7.5.0/bin/eagleFor 32 bit Linux:
#!/bin/bash wget http://web.cadsoft.de/ftp/eagle/program/7.5/eagle-lin32-7.5.0.run chmod a+x ./eagle-lin32-7.5.0.run ./eagle-lin32-7.5.0.run /opt printf "[Desktop Entry]\nName=EAGLE 7.5.0\nGenericName=Schematic capture and PCB designer\nComment=Complete EDA suite\nExec=/opt/eagle-7.5.0/bin/eagle %%U\nTerminal=false\nType=Application\nStartupNotify=true\nIcon=/opt/eagle-7.5.0/bin/eagleicon50.png\nCategories=Electronics;Utility;Science;\nMimeType=application/xml" | tee eagle.desktop mv eagle.desktop /usr/share/applications/eagle.desktop rm ./eagle-lin32-7.5.0.run /opt/eagle-7.5.0/bin/eaglePaste this into a text editor and save as install.sh. Then open a terminal in the directory you saved it and run:
chmod +x install.sh sudo ./install.shAfter it finishes, it must launch EAGLE as root to select a licensing method. Now, you can start EAGLE from Dash or other app menus (without root).