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Open Source KiCad Alternatives

The best open source alternative to KiCad is Fritzing. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try LibrePCB or gEDA Project. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to KiCad and ten of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to KiCad are Circuit Simulator (CircuitJS1), Circuit Diagram, eSim and TinyCAD.

KiCad alternatives are mainly Circuit Simulators but may also be Electronic Design Automation Tools or CAD Software. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of KiCad.
This page was last updated May 12, 2022
KiCad
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Linux

KiCad is an open source software suite for electronic design automation (EDA) - designing schematics of electronic circuits...

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  1. Fritzing

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    to design circuits, as well as so called "layouts", be it PCB or stripboard or breadboard...

    Most users think Fritzing is a great alternative to KiCad.
  2. LibrePCB

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    LibrePCB is a free EDA software to develop printed circuit boards. It’s currently under heavy development to bring out first stable releases as soon as possible.



  3. gEDA Project

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux

    The gEDA project has produced and continues working on a full GPL'd suite and toolkit of Electronic Design Automation tools. These tools are used for electrical circuit design, schematic capture, simulation, prototyping, and production.

  4. This electronic circuit simulator is highly interactive giving the feeling of playing with real components. It's very helpful for experimentation and visualization. It's a desktop version of the Circuit JS.

  5. Circuit Diagram

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Online

    Circuit Diagram is a free application for making electronic circuit diagrams and exporting them as images. Design circuits online in your browser or using the desktop application.



  6. eSim

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux

    eSim (previously known as Oscad / FreeEDA) is an open source EDA tool for circuit design, simulation, analysis and PCB design. It is an integrated tool built using open source software such as KiCad and .

  7. TinyCAD

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    TinyCAD is an open source schematic capture program for MS Windows. Use TinyCAD to produce professional circuit diagrams and export net list information to PCB applications.

  8. myNetPCB

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Circuit schematic and PCB design tool for Win/Linux/Mac.

  9. PCB Elegance

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    PCB Elegance is a suite of circuit board design tools for Windows. Including schematic capture, board layout, and manufacturing file generation. First released in 1998, it was proprietary software until 2012, when it was released as open source software under the GPL.

  10. Horizon EDA

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Horizon is a free EDA package. Contribute to carrotIndustries/horizon development by creating an account on GitHub.

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