Open Source Altium Designer Alternatives

    The best open source alternative to Altium Designer 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 14 is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Altium Designer are Fritzing (Paid, Open Source), QUCS (Free, Open Source), LibrePCB (Free, Open Source) and gEDA Project (Free, Open Source).

    The list of alternatives was last updated Feb 7, 2020

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    Features

    • Circuit simulation
    • Layout
    • Software developer
    • 3d sketching
    • Arduino
    • CAD engineering
    • Wast library
    • 3d renderer
    • Mechanical Design
    • PCB editor
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    • Project templates
    • Prototyping
    • Schema editor
    • Drawing 2D
    • Educational
    • Electrical symbols
    • Frame editor
    • IDE

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    • KiCad is an open source software suite for electronic design automation (EDA) - designing schematics of electronic circuits and printed circuit boards (PCB). View 50 alternatives to KiCad
      Most users think KiCad is a great alternative to Altium Designer.
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      • FreeOpen Source
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      KiCad vs Altium Designer
      pros, cons and recent comments
      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.
      Positive comment 5 months ago

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    • to design circuits, as well as so called "layouts", be it PCB or stripboard or breadboard... very-very handy a tool, very complex but very simple to use. View 51 alternatives to Fritzing
      Some users think Fritzing is a great alternative to Altium Designer, some don't.
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      Fritzing vs Altium Designer
      pros, cons and recent comments
      That's a good scheme creator for arduino developpement, but it's not an alternative for professional designer software.
      Negative comment 11 months ago

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      fritzinf doesnt allow simulation
      Negative comment over 5 years ago

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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. View 36 alternatives to QUCS
      • FreeOpen Source
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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. View 49 alternatives to LibrePCB
      • FreeOpen Source
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      LibrePCB vs Altium Designer
      pros, cons and recent comments
      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.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

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    • The gEDA project has produced and continues working on a full GPL'd suite and toolkit of Electronic Design Automation tools. View 52 alternatives to gEDA Project
      • FreeOpen Source
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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. View 36 alternatives to Ngspice
      • FreeOpen Source
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    • oregano - An electrical engineering tool for GNOMEoregano is an application for schematic capture and simulation of View 33 alternatives to Oregano
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
    • 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. View 32 alternatives to Circuit Diagram
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Online
    • Qucs-S is a spin-off of the Qucs cross-platform circuit simulator. "S" letter indicates SPICE. The purpose of the Qucs-S subproject is to use free SPICE circuit simulation kernels with the Qucs GUI. View 32 alternatives to Qucs-S
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
    • eSim (previously known as Oscad / FreeEDA) is an open source EDA tool for circuit design, simulation, analysis and PCB design. View 33 alternatives to eSim
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
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