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Altium Designer Alternatives for Mac

Altium Designer is not available for Mac but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on macOS with similar functionality. The best Mac 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 11 are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Altium Designer are Fritzing, Autodesk EAGLE, QUCS and LibrePCB.

Altium Designer alternatives are mainly Circuit Simulators but may also be Electronic Design Automation Tools or CAD Software. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Altium Designer.
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  1. KiCad icon

    KiCad

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    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.
    mcgiwer

    It's free and provide very good possibilities for circuit and PCB boards design

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    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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    Fritzing

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    to design circuits, as well as so called "layouts", be it PCB or stripboard or breadboard...

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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.

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    fritzinf doesnt allow simulation

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  3. Autodesk EAGLE icon

    Autodesk EAGLE

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    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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    QUCS

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    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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    LibrePCB

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    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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    EasyEDA

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online

    EasyEDA - Web-based and desktop EDA suite; runs in browser, Windows, Mac, or Linux. Schematic capture, Ngspice based simulation, PCB layout, custom PCB manufacturing, for electronic engineers, educators, students and hobbyists.

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    gEDA Project

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux

    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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    iCircuit

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • iPhone
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad

    Its advanced simulation engine can handle both analog and digital circuits and features realtime always-on analysis. It is the perfect companion to students, hobbyists, and engineers.

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    DipTrace

    • Mac
    • Windows

    DipTrace - Professional Schematic Capture and PCB Design Software.

    DipTrace PCB Layout program allows you to design circuit boards using auto-placer, powerful automatic and easy-to-use manual routing.
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    Solve Elec

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows

    Solve Elec is a free educational program to draw and analyze electrical circuits.

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