How to Install MakerBot Desktop for Linux

    Supported versions

    MakerBot Desktop has limited support for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. Archived versions are also available for Fedora.  

    How to Install MakerBot Desktop for Ubuntu

    MakerBot Desktop for Linux has limited legacy support for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus). The steps below will describe how to install MakerBot Desktop for the first time.

    If you are using MakerWare 1.1.2 or earlier and updating to MakerBot Desktop, you will also need to follow these steps to update the repository URL. This is a one-time change.

    For future updates to a previously installed version of MakerWare, just run the following two commands:

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get upgrade

    MakerBot Desktop updates should also appear in your Update Manager.

    1. Add the MakerBot Repository

    First, you’ll need to tell Ubuntu about the MakerBot repository where MakerBot Desktop and other tools are stored. Open a command-line terminal by pressing “Ctrl-Alt-T” or from your applications menu.

    sudo apt-add-repository ''

    You will be asked for your password. Once you enter it, MakerBot’s repository will be added to the list of repositories.

    2. FOR 16.04 ONLY. Install Python.

    MakerWare requires versions of Python not bundled with 16.04. Run this command to install the required versions.

    sudo apt-add-repository ppa:fkrull/deadsnakes

    3. Add the MakerBot Signing Key

    This step is optional, but recommended. By adding the MakerBot signing key, you are telling Ubuntu to trust software signed by MakerBot. If you don’t install this key, you can still install and update MakerBot software. However, every time you do, you will be prompted to confirm the installation or upgrade, and automatic updating tools may not work correctly.

    To install the key, first download the public key from our website. You can do this with the following command:


    Once you’ve downloaded the key, add it to your keyring with the command:

    sudo apt-key add

    4. Update Software Sources

    Next, tell Ubuntu to update its list of packages with the apt-get command:

    sudo apt-get update

    5. Install MakerBot Desktop

    Now that Ubuntu knows what packages are available, you can install the MakerBot Desktop software suite. Type:

    sudo apt-get install makerware

    If you prefer, you should also be able to install MakerBot Desktop from the Ubuntu Software Center.

    6. Start MakerBot Desktop

    You’re good to go! Start MakerWare from your desktop menu or from the command line by running this command:


    How to Install MakerBot Desktop for Fedora

    MakerBot is no longer releasing new versions of MakerBot Desktop for Fedora, but MakerBot Desktop 3.6 is available for Fedora 20 and 21. Follow these instructions to install MakerBot Desktop for the first time.

    Note: Users updating from versions of MakerBot Desktop prior to 3.2.2 will need to upgrade to makerware-repo rpm version 1.1. Use the link in Step 1 to download the new repository.

    1. Add the MakerBot Repository

    Go to​ to download the MakerBot Repository.

    Click Install.

    2. Pull down MakerWare from the MakerBot Repository

    Open your terminal and run the following command:
    sudo yum install makerware
    After the installation is complete, you will be able to open MakerWare.
    Note: You may need to run sudo yum update before running sudo yum install makerware.

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