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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

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

FAQs & Quick Reference

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.


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