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Best of Free PCB Design Software

Do you need a free PCB design software or tool to put in practice the new electronic project you’ve just designed? So, we present you 10 of the best PCB software tools available on the internet that will help you to develop your printed circuit board faster and with ease.

0PCBWeb Designer
PCBWeb is a free CAD application for designing and manufacturing electronics hardware. Design multi-sheet schematics with our fast and easy-to-use wiring tool. Route multi-layer boards with support for copper pours and DRC checking. Integrated Digi-Key Parts Catalog with Bill of Materials Manager.

pcbweb designer

1ZenitPCB
Is an excellent pcb layout design software tool to create professional printed circuit board ( PCB ). It is a flexible easy to use CAD program, which allow you to realize your projects in a short time. With ZenitPCB Layout is possible to create the project starting both from the schematic capture or by the layout itself.

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2TinyCAD
Is a program to help you draw circuit diagrams. It comes complete with symbol libraries to get you started straight away. As well as being able to simply print your designs, you can use TinyCAD to publish your drawings by copying and pasting into a Word document or saving as a PNG bitmap for the web.

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3Osmond PCB
Is a flexible tool for designing printed circuit boards. It runs on Macintosh. Its many features include: virtually unlimited board sizes, number of board layers, number of parts, support for both through-hole and surface mount parts and more.

osmond pcb design software

4BSch3V
Is a schematic capture program for Windows. The name “BSch” is an abbreviation of “Basic Schematic”. It has only basic functions, in order to simplify operation.

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5ExpressPCB
Is a snap to learn and use. Laying out PCBs is easy, even for the first time user.

expresspcb design software

6Kicad
Is an open source (GPL) software for the creation of electronic schematic diagrams and printed circuit board artwork. It is useful for everybody working in electronic design (schematic diagrams and Printed Board up to 16 layers).

kicad layout design

7gEDA
Runs on Linux and has produced tools which 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) design layout.

geda pcb software

8Fritzing
Fritzing software is an interesting open-source initiative to support designers, artists, researchers and hobbyists to work creatively with interactive electronics and develop electronic projects. Fritzing helps you learn more about electronic circuits, to document your projects and even let’s you prepare them for production.

fritzing software pcb view

9DesignSpark PCB
DesignSpark PCB is the world’s most accessible electronics design software. Easy to easy to learn and easy to use, it is designed to significantly reduce your concept-to-production time. At the core of this unique approach is a powerful software engine that enables you to capture Schematics, design PCB boards and layouts.

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10EasyEDA
EasyEDA is a free, zero-install, Web and cloud-based EDA tool suite, integrating powerful schematic capture, mixed-mode circuit simulation and PCB layout in a seamless cross-platform browser environment, for electronic engineers, educators, students and hobbyists.

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Please feel free to say your opinion about these applications or tell us what you are using and why do you think it is better than the rest of apps.

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  • Daniel.R

    “PCB Artist” is an easy-to-use, intuitive printed circuit board design software; It is a free design software easy to get for PCB industry manufacturers, layout designers and electrical engineers.

    “PCB Artist” contains schematic symbols, footprints and parts generation wizard to improve PCB design process, shorten the time of generating components to only five minutes. In addition, customers can take advantage of a wide range of component library as a reference. In addition to the functions currently provided, “PCB Artist” also:
    – Provides Gerber format files when needed;
    – automatic components mounting and tracing simulation
    -Well integrated, convenient for user to change the schematic, schematic diagram can be automatically converted to the PCB design.
    Download it from here: http://download.cnet.com/PCB-Artist/3000-18496_4-10712335.html
    If you need source of PCB or PCBA, here is a recommendation: http://www.syspcb.com

  • cavejug

    It started out as a list of free PCB software, however, many of the posted comments were about paid software, personal likes and dislikes and so on. The forum lost the plot and very few staid on the subject.

  • Bobby

    Hey guys,

    I’ve drawn up exact size images with my ACAD program and printed the images onto plain printer paper then re-inserted the paper back into my laser printer with the same exact orientation as the first printing with clean smooth aluminum foil taped (with scotch magic tape) at it’s edges, on top of the image of the first printing. Then I’ve printed the image onto the aluminum foil with the acid resistant ink that laser printers use. This can be ironed onto circuit boards to be etched. Some people have done this with just the plain paper but the paper fibers get stuck into the ink and cause problems in etching and/or while trying to remove the paper stuck to the board. I then immerse the to be etched metal into a shallow dish of muriatic acid which one can get from almost any hardware store and it will totally dissolve the aluminum foil leaving the acid resistant ink on the metal being etched, clean and undisturbed. I’ve done this to make fine detailed stamps in harden steel with amazing results. I haven’t tried etching copper clad boards with the muriatic acid but if it doesn’t etch, I’ll just rinse the board and etch it in the usual way. That is what I want to try and that is why I came to this site to find a program that I might be able to use to design my circuits and make my circuit board printouts. Disclaimer: I am telling you not to do this, but if you do it anyway please be careful. It has its hazards and you have been warned. Happy circuit building!

    • qwerty

      Just buy a laserfilm called “Polimat” for lasers and the spray to get the toner darker. No messing with tonertransfers and such. There are two sizes A4 and A3.

  • SAM

    Which pcb layout software is best to design double side/sigle side PCB layout

    • signality

      @Sam,

      Try https://EasyEDA.com

      It’s a free, web-based EDA suite that allows you to download the Gerber’s you generate in their s/w so you can buy PCBs from anywhere or you can buy low cost PCBs direct from EasyEDA.

  • NottsGuy

    Installed DesignSpark and it failed at the first hurdle. IE most of the components I wanted to use from the RS catalogue were not in the library. EG any of the DIN-41612 a+b 1/2B type 32 way.

  • Shalin

    Schematics can be drawn from http://creately.com diagram software as well. Its limited to real-time logic gates for now. However you can make very pretty circuit diagrams with creately.

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  • stephen van buskirk

    I just downloaded DesignSpark PCP, twice, and both times I tried to run it and got an error: Authorization Service Error. Go figure.
    I have been designing pcbs since you used tape and decals on clear mylar sheets to make artwork. I used pads and liked version 1.2.It had the BEST autorouter. A company I work for bought v7 something a few years ago for thousanbds. It was a BIG step back. The autorouter was poor and the nifty pull down menus meant that it took 7 clicks to change the layer on each segment of a route.
    The only problem I had with v1.2 was it didn’t support single combined gerber files.
    My computer died and my v1.2 disk is bad so I’ve been trying free layout programs and so far they ALL suck. (apologies to Leo Tolstoy, but they all suck in their own way).
    By any chance is there anyone who still has pads v1.2. If I could get a copy I’d be so happy I could wet myself.
    Thanks – stevejvb-at-gmail-dot-com.
    Now my computer

  • Ajit

    I use diptrace. very easy.try it.

  • BEMNET

    I DONT RECOMMEND ANY EDA TOOLS THAT IS REGARDED TO THE DURATION AND STANDARD OF THE USER FOR ME I TRY TO FIND COMPACTIABLE EDA TO DESIGN HDI AND HIGN DENSITY BOARDS FOR PURPOSE OF COMPLEX POWER SUPPLIE BOARDS INSTED I DONT FIND ANY SO WHAT KIND OF

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