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What is gEDA?

The gEDA project is developing a full GPL'd suite and toolkit of Electronic Design Automation tools. These tools are used for electrical circuit design, schematic capture, simulation, prototyping, and production. Currently, the gEDA project offers a mature suite of free software applications for electronics design, including schematic capture, attribute management, bill of materials (BOM) generation, netlisting into over 20 netlist formats, analog and digital simulation, and printed circuit board (PCB) layout.

The tools involved in the suite enable you to professional-quality design of low- to mid-level complexity. Using the gEDA tools, you can create PCB of up to 8 layers (soon more) with an unlimited number of components and nets. The tools are suitable for use by students, educators, hobbyists, consultants, small businesses, and even in large corporations where an engineer might need to crank out a quick PC board (e.g. for a test stand) in a hurry.

All of the software in the gEDA suite can be found on the download page.

gEDA is run by volunteers. Please consider helping out with one of the jobs/tasks that need help. Thank you.

Official Project documentation

These are the official project docs. They have been converted from LaTeX and HTML documents into Wiki pages so that the gEDA community may more easily maintain them.

  • Documentation : Contains links to tutorials, manuals, HOWTOs and format specifications of the gEDA suite.

FAQs & Quick Reference

These are informal FAQs, HOWTOs, and tips/tricks to help you with the practical details of using the gEDA Suite. If you are having a problem, browse these pages first.

  • FAQ : Frequently Asked Questions about the gEDA project itself.
  • Installation : gEDA installation HOWTO and FAQ.
  • Glossary : Glossary of terms that are specific to the gEDA Suite.
  • Usage : Questions about how to do electronic design using the gEDA toolset – information which applies to several or all tools in the gEDA Suite.
  • FAQ-gschem : Questions about installing, configuring, and using gschem. Also, questions about creating and using gschem symbols.
  • FAQ-attribs : Attribute management.
  • FAQ-gnetlist : Questions about installing, configuring, and using gnetlist. It deals with BOMs, DRCs, and all that.
  • FAQ-simulation : Questions about simulating your design using gEDA tools.
  • FAQ-gsch2pcb : How to take your design to layout using PCB.
  • PCB-quick reference : PCB Quick Reference Sheet.
  • PCB footprints : How to create, use and share footprints.
  • PCB tips : Tips and tricks for using PCB.
  • FAQ-pcb : Questions about the printed circuit board tool “pcb”.
  • gschem Symbol Creation : gschem symbol creation guide.
  • : Where users share their symbols and footprints.
  • Guile scripting : Guile functions & variables provided by the gEDA tools.

Developer Documentation

Please see the people page for a list of all active and inactive gEDA developers.


Various talks and presentations on gEDA provide a good top-level overview of the project for those who are interested:

gEDA session DJ Delorie did at Renesas DevCon 2010 (the slides for it are here under “Presentations and Other Info”)

Ignite 5 video given by Stuart Brorson about “Hardware design and the gEDA Project”

gEDA Users

Users may discuss development, help, installation, and working tips through the mailinglists.

There is also a gEDA IRC channel at on the #geda channel. This is the official IRC channel for all things gEDA. Sometimes this channel is full of activity and sometimes it is quite silent. Please be patient when asking questions in the IRC channel.

There is also a low-traffic IRC channel on called ##pcb. This channel is dedicated to pcb design and prototyping, gEDA pcb included.

About this Wiki

This section of the gEDA website is dedicated to documentation that is contributed by a multitude of authors, including users. In particular, it should grow into a resource of information for those who just started to work with the tools.

Anyone is welcome to contribute. Unlike Wikipedia there is no button to create a login by yourself. This is because nobody at the gEDA site has the nerves to deal with anonymous vandalism. Consequently, you have to write an email to the site admin (dj AT to gain access. In your e-mail to the wiki site admin, please indicate that you have read and agree to follow the gEDA Project's Code of Conduct. You should subscribe to and participate in some discussion on the geda-user mailing list before requesting a wiki account.

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