Autodesk EAGLE

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CadSoft EAGLE is proprietary EDA (electronic design automation) software for editing circuit schematics, PCB layouts and component libraries. It is available for Windows, Linux and OS X.[1] EAGLE is quirky and initially unintuitive, but very widely supported and stable.[2][3]


The Light edition can be used for free, for non-profit or evaluation. This is limited to boards of 100 x 80 mm (4 x 3.2 inches), only top and bottom signal layers, and the schematic editor can only create one sheet. It can however Load, view and print drawings that exceed these limits.[4]

For a single user doing non-commercial editing of e.g. the most commonly used Eurocard size, would require the Hobbyist edition, which costs €140. This allows boards of 100 x 160 mm (4 x 6.4 inches), up to 99 sheets and up to 6 signal layers. For commercial use, with the same limitations the Standard edition costs €690.[5]

Edit features

With almost identical user interfaces EAGLE provides a schematic editor, a layout editor, and library editor.


EAGLE exports Gerber files.

In 2009 CadSoft Computer GmbH, developer of EAGLE was aqquired by Premier Farnell.[6] Since version 5.11 EAGLE connects to the components database from Premier Farnell (also known as Farnell, Newark, element14), allowing immediate access to component information from within the design environment.[7]



Further reading

  • Build Your Own Printed Circuit Board by Al Williams, Tab, 2003, ISBN 9780071427838

External links


Eagle format SDIY files