gEDA Resources

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Useful resources for working with gEDA, the GPL'd suite and toolkit of Electronic Design Automation software.


Note 1: This page is a continuing work in progress.
Note 2: This wiki is publicly editable; topical contributions are welcome.


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[edit] Basics


[edit] Installing gEDA

[edit] Installing gEDA on Windows

  • gEDA can be run on Windows natively, as a cygwin application, or in a virtual machine.
  • "Official" Windows installers are available here, maintained by DJ Delorie, one of the core gEDA developers.
  • In case of difficulty with the latest, "official" versions, there are also unofficial "native" installers available. We would recommend this installer by Peter Clifton.
  • Another set of unofficial installers.
  • Virtual machine method: Download Virtualbox and download Ubuntu, so that you can run Ubuntu in a virtual machine on your computer. (It's fast and easy!) Then, install gEDA (gschem and PCB) from the Ubuntu software center.


[edit] Installing gEDA on Mac

  • gEDA can be run on the Mac as an X11 application or in a virtual machine.
  • Standard method 1: Use MacPorts, and install both "geda-gaf" and "pcb." You may also want to use the Porticus GUI to make that process easier.
  • Standard method 2: Use Fink, and install the "geda-bundle." You may also want to use the Fink Commander GUI to make that process easier. More about this process here.
  • Standard method 3: Use Homebrew and "brew install geda-gaf pcb".
  • Virtual machine method: Download Virtualbox and download Ubuntu, so that you can run Ubuntu in a virtual machine on your computer. (It's fast and easy!) Then, install gEDA (gschem and PCB) from the Ubuntu software center. Note: this is faster than the Fink method-- under 1 hour, if you have a reasonably fast internet connection.


[edit] Installing gEDA on Linux

  • In Ubuntu, install gEDA (gschem and PCB) from the Ubuntu software center.
  • Similar packages are available for other Linux flavors, for example as Debian Packages.
  • Those familiar with git, those keen to contribute to the code base, and those seeking the latest version, should consider building from source under linux, see git.geda-project.org for further details.

[edit] Introductory tutorials


[edit] In-depth documentation about gschem and PCB


[edit] Symbols and Footprints

[edit] Symbols: Schematic symbols for use in gschem

[edit] Footprints: component footprints for use in PCB

  • gedasymbols, the largest single repository
  • Footprints by Matt Sarnoff
  • PCB Footprints by John C Luciani -- excellent collection
  • Ronja Guidelines - Creating SMD footprints (simple guide)
  • KicadModuleToGEDA a java utility that will let you convert Kicad legacy modules and the newer s-file modules into gEDA PCB footprints. Kicad is another FOSS PCB design tool.

[edit] Footprint-generating utilities

  • Footgen, Darryl Harmon's python-based footprint generator for geda/pcb
  • Ruby-based footprint generator by Stefan Salewski
  • Footprintbuilder interactive Java-based footprint design tool supporting gEDA/PCB and KiCad by Robert Fitzsimons
  • Browser-based footprint generator
  • Browser-based rectangular footprint generator by chlazza.net
  • A method of making constraint-based footprints


[edit] Format documentation

[edit] gEDA Utilities

  • Wedana: Cross-platform browser-based tools to view and edit data from gEDA applications.
  • A script to convert gschem .sch files to SVG
  • Additional fonts for PCB: Hershey single stroke fonts for gEDA PCB, some of which are decorative, as well as Chinese, Japanese and Korean glyphs, as well as Hebrew, Cyrillic and Greek fonts for the intrepid
  • Using pstoedit to create silkscreen versions of bitmaps: How to add custom images to the silkscreen layer for gEDA PCB, using pstoedit
  • A video tutorial on how to convert .svg and .ps graphics to silkscreen layer artwork using inkscape, pstoedit and a text editor.

[edit] Simulating circuits with gEDA and friends


[edit] Platform-specific tips and resources

[edit] For Mac users


[edit] Related Projects

  • gEDA-js is an attempt to port gEDA to JavaScript, for in-browser schematics & PCB design + simulation.
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