I recently bought a laser cutter/engraver machine, an Ortur Laser Master II. I am now looking for software to control it.

Usually, people use it with Windows and the LaserGRBL open-source software. For GNU/Linux, it is advised to use a commercial software called Lightburn, which is free for a 30-days trial.

I am looking for an open-source alternative for Linux.

Maybe some of you are actually working with this machine and use on open-source alternative to control the Ortur, so I ask.

My system : Void Linux, 5.8.14_1 GNU/Linux kernel.

  • The LaserGRBL GitHub repository has a closed issue with a long thread about getting it to run on Linux. It seems as if they gave up on it, but there is one entry there pointing to something called cncjs as an alternative. The cncjs documentation may provide further interesting resources. Not an answer since I know nothing about these things.
    – Kusalananda
    Dec 9 '20 at 11:48
  • I use lasergrbl on Linux to control my ortur lm2 and it works fine. I have Windowsfx but it should work on other distributions. I have the latest version of wine and the port is 33 Apr 14 '21 at 21:15

Maybe you can use LinuxCNC. It's open source

LinuxCNC controls CNC machines. It can drive milling machines, lathes, 3D printers, laser cutters, plasma cutters, robot arms, hexapods, and more.

  • Runs under Linux (optionally with realtime extensions).

  • Simple installation on Debian and Ubuntu, or via our Live/Install DVD/USB images.

  • Accepts G-code input, drives CNC machines in response.

  • Active user community.

  • Several different GUIs available.

  • Compatible with many popular machine control hardware interfaces.

  • Supports rigid tapping, cutter compensation, and many other advanced control features.

  • Full source code available under the terms of the GNU GPLv2 (General Public License version 2).

Follow Installation Here and Read Documentation for Current Release LinuxCNC version 2.8:


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