ChemDraw Alternatives for Linux

ChemDraw is not available for Linux but there are some alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The most popular Linux alternative is Small Marvin iconMarvin, which is free. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked 12 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 Small ChemDoodle iconChemDoodle (Paid), Small BKchem iconBKchem (Free, Open Source), Small XDrawChem iconXDrawChem (Free, Open Source) and Small JChemPaint iconJChemPaint (Free, Open Source).

Utility for processing, structuring, and drawing chemical data. If you're looking for more info about ChemDraw like screenshots, reviews and comments you should visit our info page about it. Below you find the best alternatives.

The list of alternatives was last updated: 1/28/2014 6:05:00 AM

Alternatives to ChemDraw for Linux with any license

  • Marvin

    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. It is free for individual, academic and non-commercial use.

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  • ChemDoodle

    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 works on all operating systems (both 32 and 64 bit), has one of the largest feature sets in the industry, has the most customizable graphics, pastes scalable vector graphics into Microsoft Office, iWork and OpenOffice (among others), and can read and write all of our competitors’ formats.

    • 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). JohnFastmanDec 2016 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Functionally equivalent and very similar in features. Very similar layout makes it very easy for chemists to switch Guest • Dec 2019 Disagree   Agree

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  • BKchem

    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. BKChem is written in Python, an interpreted and very nice programming language. This implies some of the program features: * platform independence - BKChem should run on any platform that Python does.

    • 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. JohnFastmanDec 2016 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Very usefull software. You can paste images created with BKChem in a text processor or another open source graphical software like InkScape. Guest • May 2016 • 3 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • XDrawChem

    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.

    • Discontinued
      Not updated since 2005.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • JChemPaint

    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. There is a standalone application (editor), and two varieties of applet (editor and viewer) that can be integrated into web pages.JChemPaint is currently being developed as part of The Chemistry Development Kit, and a Standard Widget Toolkit-based JChemPaint application is being developed, as part of Bioclipse.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • MollyCule

    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. It's probably not ideal for PhD researchers, but it's great for high school students and undergraduates. Traditionally, chemistry visualisation packages have used keyboards or complicated mouse-gesture systems.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • Gnome Chemistry Utils

    The Gnome Chemistry Utils include six chemistry related programs: - GChemPaint, a 2D chemical formula editor. - a chemical calculator (computes raw formule, molar weight, mass composition and isotopic pattern). - a molecule 3d viewer using OpenGL to display molecular models. - a crystal structure editor and viewer. - a periodic table of the elements. - a spectrum viewer.

    Free Open Source Linux

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