9 Free And Open Source Software For Circuit Designing

By Atithya Amaresh

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A circuit design software forms a very essential part of an electronics engineers life. A good tool allows you to build designs and checks for problems with the design at regular intervals. It is also easy to navigate with sufficient options available for optimum circuit design. All these and many more features are available in today’s EDA tools, but often these tools cost a lot for engineers. Hence engineers are always looking for alternatives to use.

If you are an engineer looking for free alternatives for your circuit design software, then you have come to the right place. Here we bring to you 9 helpful software which are strong in features and soft on pocket. Build awesome circuits!


1. CircuitMaker

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A free-to-use schematic and PCB design tool for the Open Source Hardware community.

2. Open Circuit Design Software

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This website is the repository for the suite of open-source EDA (Electronic Design Automation) tools including Magic, IRSIM, Netgen, PCB, and XCircuit. These tools are all provided for free under the GNU Public License (GPL) or similar open-source license.

3. KiCad EDA 

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A Cross-Platform and Open Source Electronics Design Automation Suite.

4. ADS Circuit Design Software

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Supported OS: Windows

The ADS It s a process of analysis, permits to extract or to verify the properties of a system analog or digital system.

5. nagaEDA Circuit Design Software

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Supported OS: Windows

naga EDA devotes to provide useful electronic design tools in C++ and, especially, Python. The current release contains naga.Verilog, a Verilog parser

6. OpenSce Circuit Design Software

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Supported OS: Windows

OpenSce is an opensource software with an attractive and efficient GUI which allows to design linear electronic circuits and to characterize existing ones.

7. QSapecNG Circuit Design Software

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Supported OS: Windows

QSapecNG is a Qt-based symbolic analysis program for linear analog circuits. In fact, it consists of two indipendently parts: the SapecNG framework engine, and the application gui QsapecNG.

8. Simulide

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Supported OS: Windows

simulide is a circuit simulator software that allows you to test your circuits before prototyping

9. SuperSim Circuit Design Software

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Supported OS: Windows, Linux

SmartSim is a free and open source digital logic circuit design and simulation package.


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This article was first published on 14 February 2014 and was recently updated on 24 December 2018.

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