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 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 Small ChemDoodle iconChemDoodle (Paid), Small BKchem iconBKchem (Free, Open Source), Small XDrawChem iconXDrawChem (Free, Open Source) and Small JChemPaint iconJChemPaint (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... 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 8 months ago

    • If you are looking for a chemical sketcher or an alternative to your current chemical drawing application, there is no better choice than ChemDoodle. View 7 alternatives to ChemDoodle
      Most users think ChemDoodle is a great alternative to ChemDraw.
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • iPad
      ChemDoodle vs ChemDraw
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Functionally equivalent and very similar in features. Very similar layout makes it very easy for chemists to switch
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      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 4 years ago



    • 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

      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

    • 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.

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      • 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

    • 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
    • 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
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