Running CadSoft Eagle Version 6 in Ubuntu GNU/Linux
Update: Eagle 6.2.0 has been released. The issue remains though and this updated guide still applies.
Minor update: Changed instructions to download libpng source code via FTP instead of Git. This results in one less needed tool and a decreased download size.
Update: This guide has been revised to work on both 32-bit and 64-bit systems. Previously it only worked on 32-bit systems. Please write a comment if you have any questions or find something that does not work.
Update: Eagle 6.1.0 has been released! This guide still applies to both 6.0.0 and 6.1.0, and has been updated with the following change: The string "6.0" has been replaced by "6.1" in the name of the installer and in the installation location. Apart from that everything is the same.
CadSoft recently released version 6 of its PCB layout program Eagle.
So, you wanted to use it in Ubuntu? The
eagle package in Ubuntu is
only version 5.11.0 as of Oneiric, so you downloaded the new version
from the official website? You ran the installer and got
error while loading shared libraries: libpng14.so.14: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
It turns out that Eagle needs newer versions of some libraries than are available in the Ubuntu repos. This post will show you how to get hold of these specific version and how set them up with Eagle.
No super user access is needed (besides from installing build tools) in the approach I chose. The special versions of the libraries are only used Eagle and will never cause trouble for any other applications you have installed, because the system directories are never touched.
My approach was to download the source for all libraries Eagle needs, compile them (as 32-bit, since that's what Eagle requires), install them in a local directory, and make a small script to launch Eagle. The libraries Eagle needs are:
- libpng 1.4.x (provides
- OpenSSL 1.0.0 (provides
- libjpeg v8 (provides
In my setup I put all relevant files the directory
. To follow my steps you need to create your own directory and
subsitute its path it for
/home/raek/.eagle in all the following
mkdir /home/raek/.eagle cd /home/raek/.eagle
I had to install some tools and libraries were needed in the process. This depended on whether I was on my 32-bit or 64-bit machine. In the 32-bit scenario they were:
sudo apt-get install build-essential perl sudo apt-get install zlib1g zlib1g-dev
And in the 64-bit they were:
sudo apt-get install build-essential perl gcc-multilib sudo apt-get install ia32-libs lib32z1 lib32z1-dev
Downloading, building, and installing libraries locally
I went about to install a typical library like this:
- Download the source code and unpack it.
- Configure the library with suitable options.
- Build the library.
- Test the library.
- Install the library.
- Verify that the expected
.sofile shows up in
/home/raek/.eagle/usr/liband that is 32-bit.
Of the configure options, the
is important since it tells the build system where to put the files
make install is run. It allowed me to put the result my own
usr directory rather than in the system-wide
CFLAGS=-m32 option (in its various forms) is also needed to
force the libraries to be built in 32-bit form.
I verified that the resulting
.so files were in the right place and
32-bit with the
file -L command. If it was 32-bit the command came
back with "ELF 32-bit", if was 64-bit it came back with "ELF 64-bit",
and if the file didn't exist at all it came back with "No such file or
I downloaded the
libpng14 source code and configured, built, tested, installed and verified it:
wget http://www.sourceforge.net/projects/libpng/files/libpng14/older-releases/1.4.11/libpng-1.4.11.tar.gz tar zxf libpng-1.4.11.tar.gz cd libpng ./configure --prefix=/home/raek/.eagle/usr CFLAGS=-m32 make check make install cd .. file -L usr/lib/libpng14.so
The libssl install procedure was very similar, but here the
shared option was needed to generate
wget http://www.openssl.org/source/openssl-1.0.0f.tar.gz tar zxf openssl-1.0.0f.tar.gz cd openssl-1.0.0f ./Configure shared --prefix=/home/raek/.eagle/usr linux-generic32 -m32 make make test make install cd .. file -L usr/lib/libssl.so.1.0.0 file -L usr/lib/libcrypto.so.1.0.0
No surprises here:
wget http://www.ijg.org/files/jpegsrc.v8c.tar.gz tar zxf jpegsrc.v8c.tar.gz cd jpeg-8c ./configure --prefix=/home/raek/.eagle/usr CFLAGS=-m32 make make test make install cd .. file -L usr/lib/libjpeg.so.8
I now had all the library files I needed in my
/home/raek/.eagle/usr/lib directory and proceeded with downloading
and installing Eagle itself. I told the shared library loader to
always look for libraries in this directory first by setting the
LD_LIBRARY_PATH environment variable in my shell session.
I could then run the Eagle installer and chose to install Eagle in
/home/raek/.eagle/eagle-6.2.0 . After that I could start eagle by
running the binary found in
wget ftp://ftp.cadsoft.de/eagle/program/6.2/eagle-lin-6.2.0.run export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/home/raek/.eagle/usr/lib sh eagle-lin-6.2.0.run /home/raek/.eagle/eagle-6.2.0/bin/eagle
Making a Launch Script
Starting eagle worked fine, but I din't want to have to run the
export command in a terminal each time I were going to start
Eagle. Therefore I made a small script with the following contents:
#!/bin/sh export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/home/raek/.eagle/usr/lib /home/raek/.eagle/eagle-6.2.0/bin/eagle
After I wrote the script I made it executable and added a symlink to
it in my
.bin directory, which I have on my
nano run_eagle.sh chmod a+x run_eagle.sh cd /home/raek/.bin ln -s /home/raek/.eagle/run_eagle.sh /home/raek/.bin/eagle
I can now start Eagle by just running
eagle! If I want to uninstall
Eagle some time in the future, all I need to do is to delete
/home/raek/.bin/eagle and both Eagle and the
special version libraries will be gone.
And that's it! Please drop a comment below if this was useful for you (or if if something turned out to not work)!