How to view CGM (Computer Graphics Metafile) files on Linux?

Opening a .cgm file with Inkscape (after installing python-uniconvertor) fails due to this bug.

Must be free.


ImageMagick is a command line based set of utilities including the display command that supports 100s of file formats including CGM format.

  • Free gatis & open source.
  • cross platform including Linux, OS-X & Windows.
  • lots of other facilities.

You may also need to install ralcgm for it to work correctly.

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  • That's what I tried first, unfortunately it did not managed to display my .cgm... Thanks for the ralcgm tip, it does not seem to have .deb nor .rpm packages but I will try to install it manually. – Nicolas Raoul Feb 14 '17 at 7:17
  • The link appears to not working for Linux binary – Jayan Jun 27 '19 at 12:33

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