Free Altium Designer Alternatives for Windows

    There are many alternatives to Altium Designer for Windows if you are looking for a replacement. The best Windows alternative is KiCad, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Altium Designer and many of them is available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to Altium Designer are Fritzing (Paid, Open Source), Autodesk EAGLE (Free Personal), LibrePCB (Free, Open Source) and QUCS (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jun 28, 2021

    1. KiCad is an open source software suite for electronic design automation (EDA) - designing schematics of electronic circuits and printed circuit boards (PCB). KiCad is developed by Jean-Pierre Charras.
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      KiCad vs Altium Designer opinions
      Most users think KiCad is a great alternative to Altium Designer.
      Ease of schematic and pcb creating. BOM creation is not very good as excel templates cannot be used so this becomes a largely manual process. Most of the add-on tools cannot be added regardless of what the instructions say. Following the instructions usually ends in some sort of crash. Import/translation tools never install regardless of the instructions. But, with all of that said KiCad is still the best free alternative to Altium Designer.
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      mcgiwer It's free and provide very good possibilities for circuit and PCB boards design
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      • Free PersonalProprietary
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      Autodesk EAGLE is an electronic design automation (EDA) software. Enabling printed circuit board (PCB) designers to seamlessly connect schematic diagrams, component placement, PCB routing, and comprehensive library content.
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      Autodesk EAGLE vs Altium Designer opinions
      Most users think Autodesk EAGLE is a great alternative to Altium Designer.
      Cheaper but fully competent, and sufficient for most designs.
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      LibrePCB is a free EDA software to develop printed circuit boards. It’s currently under heavy development to bring out first stable releases as soon as possible.
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      dbrgn The project is still fresh, but very promising. The developers have spent a lot of time thinking about proper a library file format that avoids problems of current open source EDA suites and will make creating and sharing comprehensive parts libraries easier. It is also much better regarding usability than current alternatives like KiCAD.
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      The Quite Universal Circuit Simulator (QUCS) is an integrated circuit simulator allowing the simulation and graphical presentation of results of large-signal, small-signal and noise behavior in circuits.
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      • FreeProprietary
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      The World’s Most Powerful Free Schematic and PCB Layout
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      Ngspice is a mixed-level/mixed-signal circuit simulator. Its code is based on three open source software packages: Spice3f5, Cider1b1 and Xspice. Ngspice is part of gEDA project, a full GPL'd suite of Electronic Design Automation tools.
    2. With Solve Elec you can : - draw and analyze electrical circuits functioning in direct or alternating current - get literal formulas and values for current intensities and voltages defined in the circuit. - verify circuit related equations. - draw graphs.
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      • FreeOpen Source
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      Circuit Diagram is a free application for making electronic circuit diagrams and exporting them as images. Design circuits online in your browser or using the desktop application.
    3. PCBWeb is a 100% free Windows desktop CAD application for designing and manufacturing electronics hardware. Features include schematic capture, PCB Layout with gerber output, and Bill of Materials manager.
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      Professional electronics schematic and PCB (Printed circuit board) design package.
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