Cura was the first slicer I used for 3D printing, and I’ve stuck to it over the years because it has excellent multi-platform support1 and a sprawling ecosystem (including OctoPrint integration and a number of useful plugins).
Although I am becoming more and more partial to SuperSlicer, I still use Cura because it has a better slicing engine (Arachne), but I find its accordinon-like parameter editor increasingly cumbersome.
This is the
.desktop file I use to launch the Cura 5.1
.AppImage in Fedora 36
#!/usr/bin/env xdg-open [Desktop Entry] Version=1.0 Terminal=false Type=Application Categories=Graphics Name=Ultimaker Cura Exec=/opt/ultimaker-cura/Ultimaker-Cura-5.1.0-linux-modern.AppImage %U Icon=ultimaker-cura MimeType=application/vnd.ms-package.3dmanufacturing-3dmodel+xml;application/vnd.ms-printing.printticket+xml;model/3mf
For version 5.0, you had to give the
appimage a little hand in finding some runtime libraries:
Exec=env LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib64/libstdc++.so.6 /opt/ultimaker-cura/Ultimaker-Cura-5.0.0-linux.AppImage %U
.desktop file should go into
.local/share/applications, with a suitable icon alongside in the
Well, they broke native macOS menus in 5.0, but I’m almost willing to forgive them for that. And then again maybe not, it’s a usability nightmare. ↩︎