I'm using Ubuntu 11.10 on my machine and I want to install some programs such as the windows program "proteus" and I can't install them on my machine.

I searched a lot and a lot for solution but have not found an acceptable answer. I don't have enough space to install windows beside of Linux. I also know that wine can run windows application but it doesn't work for me.

If any of you know alternative program for Proteus. I would appreciate that.

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    if you only want to use windows software then use a windows OS. However, if you want to understand if there are alternatives (often better) then please reword your question. – fossfreedom Nov 9 '11 at 9:51
  • You can also use wineHQ for installing windows software or tryton-proteus binary package in Ubuntu Oneiric amd64 – twister_void Nov 9 '11 at 10:10
  • in fact if there are alternative programs for 1-proteus ...2-mikroC....3-visual studio ... it would be better . – Salahuddin Nov 9 '11 at 10:45
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    the way this site works is a question and answer format - so individual questions is better. I'll reword your question for you to clarify what I'm saying. – fossfreedom Nov 9 '11 at 10:47
  • Are you referring to the circuit board software? – RolandiXor Nov 9 '11 at 14:23

If you are talking about the medical software; then this is a link to a Linux version:


If you are talking a PCB design software the following are potential alternatives:

  • KiCad
  • PCB Designer
  • gEDA
  • Visolate
  • Fritzing

They are all available in the software center.

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    thanks for your reply ..but proteus isnot just a program to design circuits .. it's fully simulation...dealing with pic ..microcontroller ..and a lot of other staff .. so i don't think that those program are enough.. but i have installed windows 7 (despite it's not what i wanted to do )but i think that this is the best solution .. thank you again . – Salahuddin Nov 12 '11 at 13:58

it runs ok on wine, no errors works great with my ATI adapter, and i've simulated PIC microcontroller on it all fine. ^^! just type in terminal

sudo apt-get install wine

KTechlab will be a better alternative


If you want, you can install Proteus 7.0 which is functional on Ubuntu 12.04 (32bits) with Wine or PlayonLinux. However, newer versions (7.5 or 8.0) won't work since wine finishes with errors during execution.

For your reading pleasure, here is my answer in French:

Salut, si tu veux encore installer Proteus-Isis, je te recommande la version 7.0 qui est fonctionnel sur ubuntu 12.04 avec Wine ou PlayonLinux.Cependant,pour les nouvelles versions (7.5 ou 8.0) Wine fini par des erreurs lors de l'exécution. Contente toi avec ce qui fonctionne sans te casser trop la tête, espérons que les prochaines mise à jours apporteront plus de liberté !


First of all sad to see some of the folks here are suggesting to use wine or a virtual machine. Not only it is an inappropriate answer to the question but also in my humble opinion it is against the spirit of the Ubuntu community to use and promote proprietary Windows software.

But back to your question, Proteus has two famous products Proteus PCB which is an EDA suite (electronic design automation) and Proteus VSM for analog circuits and microcontroller (MCU) simulation. You did not mention which one are you referring to but people are usually looking for the VSM alternatives as it is a great software for simulating MCUs as well as AVR development board Arduino. Unfortunately, there are not many cross-platform Free, Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) as powerful and feature-rich as Proteus VSM but there are some attempts. I will just try to list them here:

  • KTechLab
  • SimulIDE
  • BrainBox
  • PICsimLab or PICsim
  • PIC-Simulator
  • simavr
  • SimulAVR and simulavr-disp
  • SPICE (Simulation Program with Integrated Circuit Emphasis)
  • QUCS (Quite Universal Circuit Simulator), Qucs-S, Qucsstudio, Qucsator
  • Ngspice, Spice3f5, Cider1b1, and Xspice
  • Xyce
  • Circuit Simulator or CircuitJS1

P.S. I have creates a curated list of all FLOSS electrical engineering software here.


Wine is good but not enough for such complex software as Proteus. I installed CrossOver (based on Wine), and install Proteus on it successfully.

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