ChemDraw Alternatives

    The most popular alternative is Marvin, which is free. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked 12 alternatives to ChemDraw so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting ChemDraw alternatives are ChemDoodle (Paid), BKchem (Free, Open Source), XDrawChem (Free, Open Source) and JChemPaint (Free, Open Source).

    The list of alternatives was last updated May 2, 2018

    • Marvin suite is a chemically intelligent desktop toolkit built to help you draw, edit, publish, render, import and export your chemical structures and as well as allowing you to...
      Almost everyone thinks this is a great alternative to ChemDraw.
    • If you are looking for a chemical sketcher or an alternative to your current chemical drawing application, there is no better choice than ChemDoodle.
      Most users think this is a great alternative to ChemDraw.
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      Gu
      Functionally equivalent and very similar in features. Very similar layout makes it very easy for chemists to switch
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago

      JohnFastman325218
      Closest thing to ChemDraw functionality and, unlike ChemDraw, it works natively on Linux. Sadly, the author has chosen a frustrating atom-first drawing mechanic which is hugely counterintuitive. But if you can learn to accept it, ChemDoodle is a respectable ChemDraw alternative (unless you need to draw pi complexes).
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 2 users agree



    • 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.
      Some users think this is a great alternative to ChemDraw, some doesn't.
      • Free • Open Source
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      Gu
      Very usefull software. You can paste images created with BKChem in a text processor or another open source graphical software like InkScape.
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 3 users agree and 3 don't

      JohnFastman328336
      BKchem is an old attempt at replacing some of ChemDraw's functionality. It succeeded partially in providing some of ChemDraw's very core chemical structure drawing features. Unfortunately, BKchem has seen no new development since 2010, leaving it in limbo.
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      Negative comment • more than a year ago • 3 users agree

    • XDrawChem is a free software program for drawing chemical structural formulas, available for Unix and Mac OS. It is distributed under the GNU GPL.

      Discontinued

      Not updated since 2005.

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      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
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    • 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.
      • Free • Open Source
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    • MollyCule is a completely free Open Source Chemistry visualisation program for MacOS, Linux and Windows.

      Discontinued

      Last update appears to be August 2011.

      • Free • Open Source
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    • ACD/ChemSketch is a chemically intelligent drawing interface that allows you to draw almost any chemical structure including organics, organometallics, polymers, and Markush...
      • Free Personal
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      • Wine
      JohnFastman325214
      A good alternative to ChemDraw in very limited circumstances: 1) you need it on Windows only, 2) You don't have to collaborate with ChemDraw users, 3) You don't mind looking at a confusing, dated interface. Otherwise, fine.
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 2 users agree and 1 doesn't

    • MolView is an intuitive, Open-Source web-application to make science and education more awesome!
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      • Free • Open Source
      • Online
    • The Gnome Chemistry Utils include six chemistry related programs: - GChemPaint, a 2D chemical formula editor.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Linux
    • Free chemical structure drawing program for Windows. Will also run in Linux using WINE. Produced by SimulationsPlus.
      • Free
      • Windows