PCB design software (EDA) for Linux users

I am using my Ubuntu laptop more and more often. And today I found myself wanting to throw together a simple schematic for posting on LMR. So I needed to find a CAD program for that. One that works on Linux.

Shouting in the shoutbox is fun and all, but valuable info gets lost. So please everyone, use this thread to post your experiences and recommendations.

So far I discovered in my Ubuntu (10.04) repository:

google them for links or downloads. I will post my experiences with them here as I gather them.


Hi Rik!

I have limited experience with Eagle only - I have seen Spice and Gspice lying around for ever.

sudo yum -y install geda-gaf 

will get geda installed on Fedora 

this appears to be parts site http://gedasymbols.org/

For me autoroute would be a requirement for any PCB package & the ability to “easily” edit or create new component packages


I use KiCAD quite a bit. It has a few cons, such as limited part selection, but nothing a little time won’t/can’t fix. It offers plenty of features, a 3D view of your board and components and supports the most common formats.


You can go to http://www.freerouting.net/ to route the board…and "it fits together with FreePCB, Kicad, gEDA, CadSoft-Eagle "

I only use Linux…period… and refuse to use M$ when there is plenty of open source software and hardware in the world!

I also use code:blocks and/or eclipse with plugins for my programming, also open source.


Just my opinion.

in addition to those, you

in addition to those, you could try fritzing.

geda seems limited

Tried my first circuit with geda. I am moving on to the next proggie now. This geda just does not feel right to me. I had to crop this image with an external program before I could use it here.


Geda zooms in to a region of the schemtaic and THAT part is exported into an image…

Eagle for Linux

I worked with Eagle CAD before. Correction, I “worked” with it before. The Windows edition. The Linux edition is not very different. It still takes some time to get used to the parts library (which is huge). Moving a group of elements is not very intuitive. But I am liking Eagle a lot.

Here’s the same schematic as before. Now done in Eagle.


I know Sparkfun uses Eagle

I know Sparkfun uses Eagle for all of their PCBs. I use it at work but yet to produce a full PCB with it. It take some getting used to, but the Sparkfun hotkeys and library really make it much easier to handle.


Great PCB design software on Linux

EasyEDA is a free, open source PCB design software which support Linux, Mac, Windows, etc. It is a great circuit simulator and fast PCB designer that helps you complete the design from schematics to the finished PCB in the easiest way.

What does EasyEDA provide to you?

Schematic capture

Spice simulation

Fast PCB layout

Import and Export file

Convert your shcematics to PCB easily

PCB prototype service  (low price, top quality PCB with precise tolerances on solder mask, absolutely no errors)


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