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Open Source ACD/ChemSketch Alternatives for Mac

ACD/ChemSketch is not available for Mac but there are some alternatives that runs on macOS with similar functionality. The best open source Mac alternative is Avogadro. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 10 alternatives to ACD/ChemSketch and five of them are open source and available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source Mac alternatives to ACD/ChemSketch are BKchem, JChemPaint, MollyCule and XDrawChem.

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  • Wine

ACD/ChemSketch is a chemically intelligent drawing interface that allows you to draw almost any chemical structure...

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  1. Avogadro icon

    Avogadro

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Avogadro is an advanced molecule editor and visualizer designed for cross-platform use in computational chemistry, molecular modeling, bioinformatics, materials science, and related areas.

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    A simple molecule in a small Avogadro window.
    Avogadro vs ACD/ChemSketch opinions
    Most users think Avogadro is a great alternative to ACD/ChemSketch.
  2. BKchem icon

    BKchem

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    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.

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    Discontinued

    The last release was in 2010.

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    BKchem vs ACD/ChemSketch opinions
    Almost everyone thinks BKchem is a great alternative to ACD/ChemSketch.


  3. JChemPaint icon

    JChemPaint

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    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.

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    MollyCule

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    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.

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    Discontinued

    Last update appears to be August 2011.

    Example visualisation of ATP.
  5. XDrawChem icon

    XDrawChem

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    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.

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    Discontinued

    Last release (1.10.2-1) was in January 2017.

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