Alternatives to ChemDraw for all platforms with any license

  • Marvin icon

    Marvin

    Marvin is a great alternative to the subscription based ChemDraw by CambridgeSoft. It is a collection of tools for drawing, displaying and characterizing chemical structures, substructures and reactions. It will also convert...

    Free Mac Windows

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    ChemDoodle

    If you are looking for a chemical sketcher or an alternative to your current chemical drawing application, there is no better choice than ChemDoodle. ChemDoodle works on all operating systems (both 32 and 64 bit), has one of the...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone iPad

    • Closest thing to ChemDraw functionality and, unlike ChemDraw, it works natively on Linux. Sadly, the author has chosen a frustrating atom-first drawing mechanic which is hugely counterintuitive. But if you can learn to accept it, ChemDoodle is a respectable ChemDraw alternative (unless you need to draw pi complexes). JohnFastman • Dec 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    BKchem

    BKChem is a free (as in free software :o) chemical drawing program. It was conceived and written by Beda Kosata and is currently maintained by Reinis Danne. BKChem is written in Python, an interpreted and very nice programming...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

    • Very usefull software. You can paste images created with BKChem in a text processor or another open source graphical software like InkScape. Guest • May 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • BKchem is an old attempt at replacing some of ChemDraw's functionality. It succeeded partially in providing some of ChemDraw's very core chemical structure drawing features. Unfortunately, BKchem has seen no new development since 2010, leaving it in limbo. JohnFastman • Dec 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    XDrawChem

    XDrawChem is a free software program for drawing chemical structural formulas, available for Unix and Mac OS. It is distributed under the GNU GPL. In Microsoft Windows this program is called WinDrawChem.Major features Fixed length and...

    Free Mac Windows Linux

    • Discontinued Not updated since 2005.
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    JChemPaint

    JChemPaint is an editor and viewer for chemical structures in 2D. It is free and open source software, written in Java and so it runs on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Unix systems. There is a standalone application (editor), and two...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • ACD/ChemSketch

    ACD/ChemSketch is a chemically intelligent drawing interface that allows you to draw almost any chemical structure including organics, organometallics, polymers, and Markush structures. Use it to produce professional looking...

    Free Personal Windows

    • A good alternative to ChemDraw in very limited circumstances: 1) you need it on Windows only, 2) You don't have to collaborate with ChemDraw users, 3) You don't mind looking at a confusing, dated interface. Otherwise, fine. JohnFastman • Dec 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    ChemJuice Grande

    What's your favorite molecule? With ChemJuice, chemical structure drawing is now at your fingertips.

    Commercial iPhone iPad

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    MollyCule

    MollyCule is a completely free Open Source Chemistry visualisation program for MacOS, Linux and Windows. MollyCule is designed to be a nice, easy to use program to help ordinary people who want to explore Chemistry. It's probably...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Chemik icon

    Chemik

    Cool Chemistry Tool - educational app for Students. Chemist will help you in chemical tasks! Use the Periodic Table just like a computer keyboard. With the Chemist you will learn everything you need to know about the elements...

    Freemium Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

    • It is not possible to draw chemical structures Guest • Dec 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • ChemDraw is specifically intended for drawing chemical structures to include in documents, presentations and beyond. Chemik is specifically not intended for that and therefore can't be a replacement. (Also, the Chemik website has an explainer Youtube video which is blocked in Denmark on copyright grounds - very useful!) JohnFastman • Dec 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    Gnome Chemistry Utils

    The Gnome Chemistry Utils include six chemistry related programs: - GChemPaint, a 2D chemical formula editor. - a chemical calculator (computes raw formule, molar weight, mass composition and isotopic pattern). - a molecule 3d...

    Open Source Linux

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