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GNU Electric

Electric is a CAD program for designing electrical circuits, handling custom IC layout, schematic drawing and hardware description language specifications. Several CAD operations are supported, such as rule checking and simulation. Many different types of designs can be produced and input or output in a wide variety of formats.

GNU Electric offers a wide range of synthesis and analysis tools for working on the circuitry, including design rule checking, simulation, routing, layout vs. schematic, logical effort… It also has many importers and exporters for interfacing to other EDA (Electronic Design Automation) systems. It even has a constraint system for managing chip layout.


Full documentation available at: http://www.staticfreesoft.com/documents.html

Building Electric is not strictly necessary. One can simply run the .jar file directly. If the source code is not required, a pre-built binary version is available. See the relevant documentation for more information.

N.B. GNU Electric used to be written in C, but was translated to Java in 2003.

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LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
GPLv3orlaterGenium31 August 2012

Leaders and contributors

Steven M. Rubin Maintainer

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Book General http://www.rulabinsky.com/cavd/text/chap11-1.html
Developer VCS Repository Webview http://svn.savannah.gnu.org/viewvc/electric/trunk/electric/
Developer Homepage https://savannah.gnu.org/projects/electric/
Debian Homepage https://packages.debian.org/jessie/electric
Bug reports E-mail mailto:bug-gnu-electric@gnu.org
Gentoo Homepage https://packages.gentoo.org/packages/sci-electronics/electric
Bug reports Mailing List http://mail.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/discuss-gnu-electric
FreeBSD Homepage https://www.freshports.org/cad/electric/
User Bug Tracking http://mail.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/bug-gnu-electric
NetBSD Homepage http://pkgsrc.se/cad/electric
User & Developer Download http://ftpmirror.gnu.org/electric/

Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Required to build Apache Ant
Required to use OpenJDK JRE

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 29 January 2017.


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