I have a .pcb file which is prepared on Protel. I want open this PCB file in Ubuntu 12.04 via using Geda or other applications. However, I could not manage it. How can I see or convert this file in Ubuntu 12.04?

NOTE: I have tried:

  • Eagle
  • Fritzing
  • gEDA
  • kiCAD

However, they could not manage to open it.

  • maybe type in terminal: xdg-open nameoffile.pcb – hingev Jul 26 '12 at 8:19

There's a lot of .pcb tools in Ubuntu that you can use to see that file:


Leon Heller


Kicad - looks pretty good, info here

sudo apt-get install kicad




Instalation for Altium (Wine is required)

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install wine1.5

wine1.5 is beta version, if you want stable choose wine1.4

After Wine is installed, download Altium and install it normally, like you woould on windows.

Altium Designer 10 is reported working in WineHq.

Circad demo

  • Altium is working. Please, improve your answer in order to show how to download & install the Altium. – user8324 Jul 26 '12 at 11:57

Old question, but here we go. You could try gEDA which is a truly open source electronics development application (EDA):

sudo apt-get install geda geda-utils geda-xgsch2pcb

This installs the pcb utility, you just have to double click the .pdb file. It might be possble you have to open a .pcb file with KiCAD if it is made in that software.

If you would like to open the file in eagle you have to convert it to .brd

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy