A Comparison of Free PCB CAD Software Packages

This is a comparison of printed circuit board design software. Our criteria for including a PCB CAD program are:

There should be a version available for free (no money).

The free version should not be time limited, i.e. you should be able to use the software indefinitely without needing to pay for it.

The free version should provide schematic and board design and should generate some form of output that can be used to manufacture boards.

The software should be actively developed and supported.

Several of the CAD programs are limited versions of expensive software. We tell you in what ways the free version of the software has been limited compared to the commercial version.

We endeavor to provide complete and accurate information. If you see an error in our comparison or know of a PCB CAD package that should be included, please contact us.

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