I'm looking for PCB software in Ubuntu. Ideally I want to design a circuit without needing it to be really specific. I cannot seem to find any software available. Any suggestions?
Eagle is a good tool for schematics entry and PCB layout, as mentioned before. It is cross platform and works under Linux, Mac OS X and Windows.
However, if you use the
This is how to get the latest version:
Go to cadcoftusa download website here and download the latest version for Linux, for example this file:
Make it executable:
Then run the installer:
and answer all the questions as needed, for example, the directory where you want it installed. Should you want to place it in the /opt/ or other global location, you may need to prepend the installation program with
Also, you can change the license options later.
To install Eagle
To install PCB designer
To install gEdA Schematic.
To install Kicad
To install Fritzing
Some helpers to above
Personally, I think Eagle would best suit your needs.All of the above are Open source and free, just to mention.
All are in Ubuntu repository.
Eagle is a commercial closed-source product. There is a limited capability free (non-commercial use) version available, though for any non-trivial project that isn't enough. (One schematic page and 4x6 inch 2-sided PCB doesn't get you all that far.)
That said, it is quite a good product, if you can live within the limitations of the free version, or are willing to pay for the less limited commercial licenses. Among other things, defining new devices (schematic symbols and PCB footprints) is straightforward, which isn't necessarily true for other programs including some very expensive "professional" ones.