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    ChemDraw Alternatives for Linux

    ChemDraw is not available for Linux but there are some alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The best Linux alternative is Chemaxon Marvin, which is free. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 10 alternatives to ChemDraw and seven of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to ChemDraw are ChemDoodle (Paid), BKchem (Free, Open Source), XDrawChem (Free, Open Source) and Gnome Chemistry Utils (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Nov 15, 2021
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    Utility for processing, structuring, and drawing chemical data.
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    1. 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 convert between various chemical and graphical file formats.
      Chemaxon Marvin vs ChemDraw opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Chemaxon Marvin is a great alternative to ChemDraw.
      Simple structures are needed.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      If you are looking for a chemical sketcher or an alternative to your current chemical drawing application, there is no better choice than ChemDoodle.
      ChemDoodle vs ChemDraw opinions
      Most users think ChemDoodle is a great alternative to ChemDraw.
      Functionally equivalent and very similar in features. Very similar layout makes it very easy for chemists to switch
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      JohnFastman 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).
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

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      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.

      Discontinued

      The last release was in 2010.

      BKchem vs ChemDraw opinions
      Some users think BKchem is a great alternative to ChemDraw, some don't.
      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 6 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 5 years ago

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      XDrawChem is a free software program for drawing chemical structural formulas, available for Unix and Mac OS. It is distributed under the GNU GPL. In Microsoft Windows this program is called WinDrawChem.

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

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      XDrawChem vs ChemDraw opinions
      Most users think XDrawChem is a great alternative to ChemDraw.
      More simply for use in class
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

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    2. The Gnome Chemistry Utils include six chemistry related programs:


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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.
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      MollyCule is a completely free Open Source Chemistry visualisation program for MacOS, Linux and Windows. MollyCule is designed to be a nice, easy to use program to help ordinary people who want to explore Chemistry.

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      Last update appears to be August 2011.

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