Free ChemDraw Alternatives

    The best free alternative to ChemDraw is Marvin. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 10 alternatives to ChemDraw and ten of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to ChemDraw are BKchem (Free, Open Source), XDrawChem (Free, Open Source), JChemPaint (Free, Open Source) and MollyCule (Free, Open Source).

    The list of alternatives was last updated May 2, 2018

    Platforms

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    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • Android
    • Online
    • Wine
    • Android Tablet

    Features

    • Educational
    • Periodic table
    • Reactions
    • Impact mapping
    • 2D and 3D physics
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    • 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... View 13 alternatives to Marvin
      Almost everyone thinks Marvin is a great alternative to ChemDraw.
      • FreeProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Marvin vs ChemDraw
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Simple structures are needed.
      Positive comment 9 months ago

      0
    • 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. View 11 alternatives to BKchem
      Some users think BKchem is a great alternative to ChemDraw, some don't.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      BKchem vs ChemDraw
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Very usefull software. You can paste images created with BKChem in a text processor or another open source graphical software like InkScape.
      Positive comment about 5 years ago

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      JohnFastman 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.
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

      3


    • XDrawChem is a two-dimensional molecule drawing program for Unix operating systems. View 9 alternatives to XDrawChem
      Most users think XDrawChem is a great alternative to ChemDraw.

      Discontinued

      Last release (1.10.2-1) was in January 2017.

      No screenshots yet
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      XDrawChem vs ChemDraw
      pros, cons and recent comments
      More simply for use in class
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      0
    • 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. View 6 alternatives to JChemPaint
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
    • MollyCule is a completely free Open Source Chemistry visualisation program for MacOS, Linux and Windows. View 4 alternatives to MollyCule

      Discontinued

      Last update appears to be August 2011.

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux


    • ACD/ChemSketch is a chemically intelligent drawing interface that allows you to draw almost any chemical structure including organics, organometallics, polymers, and Markush... View 12 alternatives to ACD/ChemSketch
      • Free PersonalProprietary
      • Windows
      • Wine
      ACD/ChemSketch vs ChemDraw
      pros, cons and recent comments
      JohnFastman 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.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      1
    • MolView is an intuitive, Open-Source web-application to make science and education more awesome! View 1 alternatives to MolView
      No screenshots yet
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Online
    • The Gnome Chemistry Utils include six chemistry related programs: - GChemPaint, a 2D chemical formula editor. View 13 alternatives to Gnome Chemistry Utils
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
    • Free chemical structure drawing program for Windows. Will also run in Linux using WINE. Produced by SimulationsPlus. View 4 alternatives to MedChem Designer
      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
    • Cool Chemistry Tool - educational app for Students. View 13 alternatives to Chemik
      No screenshots yet
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      Chemik vs ChemDraw
      pros, cons and recent comments
      It is not possible to draw chemical structures
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

      0
      JohnFastman ChemDraw is specifically intended for drawing chemical structures to include in documents, presentations and beyond. Chemik is specifically not intended for that and therefore can't be a replacement. (Also, the Chemik website has an explainer Youtube video which is blocked in Denmark on copyright grounds - very useful!)
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

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