PCB Design and Layout Software

jojo December 8, 2011 22 Comments

Printed Circuit Board (PCB) layouts are designed with help of PCB drawing software’s, commonly known as pcb layout design software. Here we are listing you a collection of free pcb design softwares which are simple, easy to use and available for ready download. PCB design tools fall into many categories based on their development platform, pricing strategies etc. We aim to give you a mixed collection free download softwares, open source pcb design softwares, enterprise level softwares (which requires license). All the softwares listed here contains links to download pages of software websites and you are free to download these tools based on their terms and conditions. So let’s begin the list.

Open Source PCB Design Software

Free PCB– is an open source pcb design software released under GNU license, made specifically for Micrososft Windows.  Free pcb is a simple, easy to use design tool, whose features include 1 to 16 copper layers, board size upto 60 inches by 60 inches, Footprint libraries and wizard etc. Though Free pcb seems like an easy, hobbyist type tool, it can be used for your basic professional works too.

free pcb layout software

BSch3V – is a basic pcb schematic drawing software, which can carry out your basic needs only. The software is developed for Windows operating system. Though its so basic, we list this pcb software here because of its simple nature so that a lay person can use it very easily and efficiently.

ExpressPCB – is a pcb design tool for the professional which is easy to learn and simple to use. This free cad software comes with two divisions – ExpressSCH for drawing schematics and ExpressPCB for drawing circuit board layouts.  This software is compatible for Windows Xp, Vista and 7. Drawing circuit diagram in ExpressPCB is as easy as placing components and connecting them.

Kicad – is an open source schematic diagram drawing software and printed circuit board design tool. This software is released under GPL license and is a combination 4 applications and a project management tool. Eeschema – is used for schematic entry, Pcbnew – as board editor, Gerbview – as photo plotter, Cvpcb – as footprint selector for pcb, and Kicad – as project manager. This application works with both Linux and Windows (2000 and XP).

PCB 123 – is a free circuit drawing and pcb layout software from Sunstone. We at CircuitsToday use this software for the last 3 years to draw circuits. And that’s why you see unique style diagrams in all our electronic circuits. Though there are many other good software’s available, we still stick on to PCB123 to maintain this unique style. Well, this software is worth your time for a try.

PCB Layout Tool – is a free, simple printed circuit board layout tool. You can use this extremely simple software to make layouts of even complex circuits. It is capable of producing RS-274X and Excellon NC-drill format output.

Eagle (Light Edition) – Eagle is one of the most popular Circuit drawing and PCB layout software available in the market. Most professionals,students and hobbyists find Eagle as an ideal choice for their PCB development needs. Eagle in fact is an enterprise PCB designing software but they are offering a lighter version (with limitations compared to enterprise application) for free download. And to your good news, Eagle will run on Windows, Linux and Mac.

PCB Editor – This is an Editor software from Gpleda, useful for editing printed circuit boards. This application runs on unix, linux, windows and macintosh operating systems. They offer an API (Application Programming Interface) to add new functionality and features. It facilitates schematics import, design rule checking, photo realistic design review images.

This list is not complete. We shall update this list soon with new additions. In the mean while, if I missed any software, please reply here in comments section.

Comments
  • July 25, 2015

    ExpressPCB was the easiest to install and use on Windows Vista. Using it was a breeze. Cheers for the link.

  • ajay kumar gupta
    April 29, 2015

    Weighing scale pcb diagram and foftwares and programing ic

  • This is a great service and really valuable… and I’m blocking out my time to put them all into effect.

  • kvgopal
    January 4, 2015

    I am learning pcb cricuts

  • faiz
    September 13, 2014

    i wanna get a easy pcb v.15 free software plz tell me how
    ???

  • nimmi
    March 8, 2014

    i need a condenser mic in the layout.which software should i use…..
    pls reply its urgent

  • ambedkar gupta
    February 19, 2014

    I m required an electronics component pcb ckt design software,how wanna get it…..?

  • December 20, 2013

    i am require proteous software 4.82full versin for pcb designing circuit

  • nap
    November 5, 2013

    i use expressSCH i need the schematic symbol for full wave rectifier

  • bilal
    April 11, 2013

    there is no software link in this article… plz also include the link for pcb board software

  • ravi
    February 25, 2013

    the other PCB Design software is sprint-layout

  • dangson
    December 5, 2012

    How about Altium Designer?

  • October 9, 2012

    mousokm

  • Narein
    August 18, 2012

    other softwares are, ORCAD, Pentalogix, Ultiboard from national instruments…

  • MOhan
    January 9, 2012

    Add 5 100micro farad capacitiors in parellel

  • December 19, 2011

    Can you please tell me which circuit designing software has SMD component database, as I have used PCB Wizard, Express PCB, Free PCB, PCB 123, but it do not have SMD component database. It’s very good for through hole.

    • April 21, 2013

      Check out SoloPCB Design software at FabStream.com. This was just released to the market. SoloPCB is free and contains a 100K Digikey library with through hole, SMD, BGA, QFP, QFN parts.

  • Tallal jamshed
    December 16, 2011

    sir i want a filter circuit to get pure DC voltage from a full wave bridge rectifier

  • Tallal jamshed
    December 16, 2011

    sir i also want a software to get the output wave on computer like oscillscope

  • troll
    December 10, 2011

    i wannna software for simulation of antenna…..

  • louiehero
    December 10, 2011

    sir i want to get the software related to communication system ,like where to use antenna ,which antenna is used and to get resultant output wave on computer screen like oscillscope.

  • Balachandran
    December 8, 2011

    The other PCB Design software is Novem Diptrace.

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