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Best Free and Open Source Alternatives to Autodesk EAGLE

Autodesk, Inc. is an American multinational software company that makes software products and services for the architecture, engineering, construction, product design, manufacturing, media, education, and entertainment industries. It bills itself as a “… leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software”.

The company was founded in 1982 by John Walker, who was a joint developer of the first versions of AutoCAD, the company’s best known software application. Autodesk is listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange, it has over 11,000 employees, and is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area.

While Autodesk develops many high quality applications they are proprietary software. And the vast majority of their products are not available for Linux. This series looks at the best free and open source alternatives.

EagleEAGLE is a scriptable electronic design automation (EDA) application with schematic capture, printed circuit board (PCB) layout, auto-router and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) features.

EAGLE is available for Linux but it’s proprietary software. What are the best free and open source alternatives?


1. KiCad

KiCad is a suite for the creation of electronic schematics. It helps design of schematics for electronic circuits and their conversion to PCBs (printed circuit board) design. KiCad uses an integrated environment for all of the stages of the design process: Schematic Capture, PCB layout, Gerber file generation/visualization and library editing.

Kicad


2. gEDA

The gEDA project has produced and continues with the development of a comprehensive open source suite and toolkit of Electronic Design Automation tools.

These tools are used for electrical circuit design, schematic capture, simulation, prototyping, and production. Currently, the gEDA project offers a mature suite of free software applications for electronics design, including schematic capture, attribute management, bill of materials (BOM) generation, netlisting into over 20 netlist formats, analog and digital simulation, and printed circuit board (PCB) layout.

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2 comments

  1. Thanks. We’re keen on replacing proprietary software. Too many times we’ve been locked into a proprietary solution with software companies ramping up the fees over time. The best solution is to bring things in-house, use open source software as the core and develop custom in-house modifications.

    1. Exactly. Open source has the big virtue that we can modify the source to suit our needs and no one stops anyone from doing the same.

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