Altium Designer Alternatives for Linux

    Altium Designer is not available for Linux but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The best Linux 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 12 are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux 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
      Positive comment 3 months ago

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    2. 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.
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      Fritzing vs Altium Designer opinions
      Some users think Fritzing is a great alternative to Altium Designer, some don't.
      That's a good scheme creator for arduino developpement, but it's not an alternative for professional designer software.
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

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      fritzinf doesnt allow simulation
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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.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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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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      LibrePCB vs Altium Designer opinions
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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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    3. The gEDA project has produced and continues working on a full GPL'd suite and toolkit of Electronic Design Automation tools. These tools are used for electrical circuit design, schematic capture, simulation, prototyping, and production.
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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.
    4. oregano - An electrical engineering tool for GNOME oregano is an application for schematic capture and simulation of electronic circuits.
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      Professional electronics schematic and PCB (Printed circuit board) design package.
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      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.
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