BricsCAD system requirements

System requirements and recommendations.

Supported Operating Systems
  • Windows 10 (x64), 11 (x64)
  • Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and higher Ubuntu versions that are still supported by Canonical (if you want a stable experience, LTS tends to be a good choice)
  • openSUSE builds, later than April 2020
  • Fedora builds, later than April 2020
  • macOS 10.15 or higher: Catalina (macOS 10.15), Big Sur (macOS 11), Monterey (macOS 12), Ventura (macOS 13), Sonoma (macOS 14).
Minimum CPU:
  • Intel® Core™ i5
  • AMD Ryzen™ 5
Recommended CPU:
  • Intel® Core™ i7
  • Intel® Core™ i9
  • AMD Ryzen™ 7
  • AMD Ryzen™ 9

The CPU with the highest single-thread performance rating will always excel with BricsCAD.

Additional CPU cores will bring in higher performance, as more and more functions gets multithreaded computation in BricsCAD.

  • Intel® Xeon® and AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ CPUs: These top-tier workstation CPUs support large on-chip memory cache, more PCIe® I/O lanes and multi-channel, high speed memory architectures.
  • Since V21.2.06, BricsCAD (Mac) works on Rosetta 2 (Intel emulation on Apple silicon chips). A native Apple silicon build is planned in a future version.
Minimum System Memory:

8 GB

Recommended System Memory:
  • 16 GB

For maximum performance, determine the memory configuration of your PC and ensure that each memory channel on the motherboard is populated with at least one memory module.

Minimum Disk Space:

3 GB for BricsCAD Ultimate, installed

Recommended Disk Space:

(As needed)

We strongly recommend using SSD (Sata 3 / PCI-E NVME) as system drives, for both BricsCAD and Windows. Drawings and support files can reside on slower mechanical hard disk drives, if necessary.

Note: Solid-state disks can be up to 10x faster reading and 20x faster writing data than a mid-range hard disk drive
Minimum Display System:
  • Full HD (1920 x 1080) True Color display and a graphics card with 4 GB VRAM
  • Apple Mac Displays
Recommended Display System:
  • Multiple UHD (3840 x 2160) or 4k True Color displays, with a PCIe® graphics card w/GPUs and 8 GB VRAM
  • Apple Mac Retina (4K and 5K) Displays

On Microsoft Windows systems, most graphics cards & GPUs from NVIDIA, AMD and Intel® are supported.

Note: If you work with point clouds and big models in the model space, we advise changing Windows' Graphic settings as follows:
  • Go to Graphic settings
  • Add BricsCAD as an app to set the preferences
  • Set the option to High Performance

On Linux systems, most graphics cards and GPUs from NVIDIA and AMD are supported.

On Mac systems, native Apple display hardware is supported.

BricsCAD’s non-wireframe display modes are generated by RedSDK technology from Redway3D®. The GPU is used to render this modes.

Note: We suggest that you install the latest drivers available for your display hardware, as recommended by the manufacturer.

Note to Linux users: Hardware acceleration of 3D graphics on Linux systems is NOT supported on:

  • Intel® graphics chipsets/cards.
  • Laptops with dual graphics adapters.