gEDA – free suite and toolkit of Electronic Design Automation tools

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.

gEDA is mostly oriented towards printed circuit board design (as opposed to integrated circuit design).

Features include:

  • gschem – draw electronic schematics, which describe the logical structure of an circuit. Schematics are made up of symbols, which represent the various components in the circuit, and are obtained either from a standard library or created by the user. The connections between components are represented by nets (wires):
    • Editing symbols for use in schematics.
    • Draw block diagrams of electronics designs.
  • gattrib – a spreadsheet-like program for bulk editing of component attributes.
  • libgeda – a library of functions for manipulating gEDA schematics and symbols.
  • gnetlist – a highly flexible, hierarchy-aware utility which parses schematics to generate a number of outputs, including netlists for a wide variety of PCB layout tools. It can also generate bills of materials and DRC reports for your schematics.
  • gsch2pcb – a command-line utility for streamlining the workflow where ‘PCB’ and `gschem’ are used together.
  • gsymcheck – a utility for checking for common errors in schematic symbol files.
  • gaf – a multipurpose command line utility implementing setting up the above programs, exporting schematics and symbols into various formats, and shell for command line processing of their data.

Support: Documentation, Wiki
Developer: Ales Hvezda and many contributors
License: GNU GPL v2


gEDA is written in C. Learn C with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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