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What is gEDA?: The gEDA project has produced and continues working on 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.

If you are new to gEDA/PCB then you need to view Eric Thompson's presentation that he presented at the 2010 Open Source Bridge conference. You can view the slides at Google Docs here: https://docs.google.com/present/view?id=dccz7pqb_213gx7nb5f2, and Eric's blog post releasing the notes: http://lowvoltagelabs.com/2011/05/16/slides-from-my-presentation-on-geda/.

A few places worth noting, beyond the official home page, as you learn gEDA/PCB are:

gEDA/PCB/GerbV are all developed under UNIX and UNIX like operating systems such as GNU/Linux. There is no official support for using these tools on Windows from the project. However people like me want to be able to use the same powerful GNU/Linux tools we use at home, at places such as work where "Linux is nothing but a toy" (said by a clueless IT Microsoft brain washed admin), and using good tools are not allowed unless they are Windows tools. Hence the tools below have been cross-compiled on a GNU/Linux box producing normal '.exe' files that work when run under Windows. There are still a few quirks and kinks being worked out in these Windows versions, that the GNU/Linux versions do not have.

One of the most annoying kinks about such software are the licenses: By downloading software from this page you are agreeing to one or more, maybe even all, of the following eight licenses, depending on what you download. Do take your time to read all software licenses, in any package you want to install from any source, a few have been known to contain such clauses as:

You agree to grant CopmanyX, Inc. a non-transferable option to claim, for now and forever more, your immortal soul. Should CompanyX, Inc. wish to exercise this option, you agree to surrender your immortal soul, and any claim you may have on it, within five (5) working days of receiving written notification from CompanyX, Inc., or one of its duly authorized minions.

This is most likely what you are looking for: gEDA/PCB/GerbV packages that run on Windows [TM], gEDA version 1.6.0 (1.6.2 is current as of June/02/2011), PCB-20100929 (Current Release), GerbV 2.4.0 (2.5.0 is current release): gEDA-1.6.0_pcb20100929_GerbV240.zip []

Current builds, that have an error on exit and gaf needs its config file updated: gEDA-1.6.2_pcb20100929_GerbV250.zip []

The above was built with minipack, which can be downloaded below.

These are the source code packages used to build the above, and supplied here to meet the demands of the GPL and other license:

Some random old files:


Bill Wilson's symbol set gsch2pcb-1.0.1.tar.gz, and the older gsch2pcb-libs.tar.gz.

This script convert a .sch file from the program gEDA and convert it in a SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) file by Marc Emery.

Source files used to build the above as required by the GPL:
Program Name Filename File Size Last modified on
ATK 1.33.6 sources/atk-1.33.6.tar.gz
Cairo 1.10.2 cairo-1.10.2.tar.gz
Expat 2.0.1 sources/expat-2.0.1.tar.gz
Freetype 2.4.4 sources/freetype-2.4.4.tar.gz
GD 2.0.35 sources/gd-2.0.35.tar.bz2
gEDA-GAF 1.6.0 sources/geda-gaf-1.6.0.tar.gz
gEDA-GAF 1.6.2 sources/geda-gaf-1.6.2.tar.gz
GerbV-2.4.0 sources/gerbv-2.4.0.tar.gz
GerbV 2.5.0 sources/gerbv-2.5.0.tar.gz
GetText 0.17 sources/gettext-0.17.tar.gz
glib 2.24.2 sources/glib-2.24.2.tar.gz
GMP 4.3.2 sources/gmp-4.3.2.tar.gz
GTK+ 2.20.1 sources/gtk+-2.20.1.tar.gz
Guile 1.8.7 guile-1.8.7.tar.gz
JPEG Src. v7 sources/jpegsrc.v7.tar.gz
libiconv 1.13.1 sources/libiconv-1.13.1.tar.gz
LibPNG 1.4.5 sources/libpng-1.4.5.tar.xz
LibTool 2.4 sources/libtool-2.4.tar.gz
mingw-libgnurx-2.5.1-src.tar.gz sources/mingw-libgnurx-2.5.1-src.tar.gz
MiniPack 20110530 sources/minipack-20110530.zip
Pango 1.28.3 sources/pango-1.28.3.tar.gz
PCB 20100929 sources/pcb-20100929.tar.gz
Pixman 0.20.2 sources/pixman-0.20.2.tar.gz
Tiff 3.9.4 sources/tiff-3.9.4.tar.gz
ZLib 1.2.3 sources/zlib-1.2.3.tar.gz

If you think that I could be of some assistance to you or your organization let me know,
American Society for Quality  Certified Software Quality Engineer.