Monday, January 8, 2018

Getting FugroViewer to run in Ubuntu 16.04

I wanted to try running the free but not open source Lidar viewer from Fugro on Ubuntu. FugroViewer can be downloaded from

Since FugroViewer is a Windows only application, I had to use Wine to install and run it. I was successful in getting it to run and the following steps illustrate how to set up, install and run FugroViewer on Ubuntu.

Install Wine

  1. In Ubuntu, open up a terminal.
  2. At the command prompt, type in the following command to download a key. Press RETURN.

    $ wget

    The file Release.key is downloaded.

  3. Next, add the key to Ubuntu. Type in the admin password when prompted.

    $ sudo apt-key add Release.key

  4. Now add in the Wine repository to Ubuntu by entering the following command:

    $ sudo apt-add-repository ''

  5. At the command prompt, type in the command:

    $ sudo apt-get update

  6. Finally, install Wine with the following command.

    $ sudo apt-get install wine

Install FugroViewer

Once Wine is installed, it can be used to run the FugroViewer installer (which must be downloaded from the Fugro web site previously).

  1.  Using a File Manager in Ubuntu, browse to the location of the downloaded FugroViewer installer. Double click on the file or press mouse right click and choose Open with Wine Windows Program.

    The Fugro Viewer Setup wizard appears.
  2. Complete the installation by following the Fugro Viewer Setup wizard.

Running FugroViewer
  1. On the desktop, click the Dash button on the top right. Then type in fugro.

    The FugroViewer application icon is shown.

  2. Click on the FugroViewer icon.

    The FugroViewer application starts up.
  3. Now load in one or more LAS files.

    The LAS file is displayed.

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