Instructions presented in this solution article explain how to install Cadence OrCAD products on a Linux system.  

Cadence officially supports only Red Hat and SUSE.

  1. Open the Cadence Support page, where you can download Installscape.

  2. Log into Cadence support.

  3. Click the Edit button located in My Download Preferences.

  4. Select the options, InstallScape using HTTP, and LINUX.

  5. Click the link highlighted above to open download links, and frequently asked questions about Installscape, and links to user documentation.

  6. Click the LINUX Download link to download Installscape.
    We will now continue assuming that “IScape04.23-s012lnx86.t.Z” or a similar file exists in the ~/Downloads/ directory.

    Note: The name of the downloaded file may change when Installscape is updated.

  7. Extract the downloaded tar file. This can be done from the command line option after saving your download file. .

    tar -xvf ~/Downloads/IScape04.23-s012lnx86.t.Z

    This untars files to the home directory.
  8. Install Installscape by running the following command:
    exec iscape/bin/

  9. Click the “Search & Install releases” tab. You are prompted to login using your Cadence support account.

    Installscape may now be started at any time with the following command:
    exec iscape/bin/
  10. It is recommended to add “~/iscape/bin” to your path variable.

    Installscape is now installed.



The instructions that follow were developed from a virtual machine running Manjaro 20 (arch linux.) When tested, the java included with Installscape was unable to open out-of-the-box from Ubuntu LTS 18.04.3 and 20.04. OpenJDK was also unable to work. However, the official Oracle JDK 8 did work.

If you are unable to open and run Java and OpenJDK, (due to licensing) you may install them manually. Here is a link to the necessary instructions:

An error that may occur is that the package “csh” (c shell) is missing and named “tcsh in the Manjaro repos. This error generates the error shown below when installing License Manager.



As evident from the above image, csh is missing. The “configure” installers run in C shell.


Note: If you use Arch and Ubuntu, you may find that when finished, programs install, but are not detected by Bash and Cshell. This “configure” option is inoperable, and packages are unusable. This is caused by “/lib64/,” the package “lsb.” The system expects “/lib64/” This can be solved with a symlink, in both Manjaro 20 and Ubuntu 20.04.


sudo ln -s /lib64/ /lib64/