KiCad EDA is an open source, freely distributed and cross-platform graphical software that helps users to effortlessly create printed circuit board and electronic schematic diagrams artwork. It includes 3D visualization functionality and numerous attractive features, including a modern and easy-to-use graphical user interface.
Comprises of several components
The application is comprised of a project manager and four main programs, such as a schematic editor called Eeschema, the PCB layout program called Pcbnew, the footprint selector tool for the components used in the circuit design, called Cvpcb, and Gerbview, the Gerber viewer, also known as the document photoplotter.
Getting started with KiCad EDA
On GNU/Linux, you can install the latest version of the KiCad EDA software suite from the main software repositories of several distributions. It the application is not available as pre-built packages in your Linux kernel-based operating system, you can install it by compiling the source tarball distributed on Softpedia.
Supported operating systems and platforms
This is a cross-platform software that has been successfully tested with numerous distributions of Linux, as well as with the commercial Microsoft Windows operating system. It is fully compatible with both 64-bit and 32-bit instruction set architectures.