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[pcb-rnd logo]pcb-rnd
is a free/open source, flexible, modular Printed Circuit Board editor

is feature-rich and compatible

historically started as a fork of gEDA/PCB in 2013

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or mail to: pcb-rnd (at)
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Do you have a feature request?
Key features editor for multilayer Printed Circuit Boards
scriptable in 10+ different scripting languages
parametric footprint generation, web footprints
modular code with a flexible plugin system
fits well in a UNIXy workflow
supports CLI and server applications
active development, frequent releases
friendly and efficient developer and user community
predictable development cycles
compatible with KiCad and gEDA/PCB
Supported platforms
Linux desktop (various distributions, from source)
official packages in Debian and Ubuntu
Arch Linux (user package)
Mac OS X
IRIX 5.3
(Likely: any 90's UNIX system with motif)
Screen resolution as small as 800x600
GUI options: motif/lesstif, gtk-gdk, gtk-gl
screenshot of pcb-rnd running on Debian GNU/Linux

What is -rnd?

RaNDom When it started, it used to be a random collection of small fixes and improvements. We got much further than that by now.

RespoNsive Developers Developers try to respond on user needs, adding features that are actually needed by current users.

Response Not Delayed Bugreports, user requests and patches submitted are answered ASAP. There are no patches bitrotting for months. There are no forgotten bugreports.


(Brave, hard decisions)
There is a constant experimentation with new features and directions. We are willing to try strange/unusual ideas without risking the stability of the daily workflow.

Instead of talking and ranting a lot about what could work better, we just sit down and make it work better.

Slim, generic core; most of the code organized in replacable plugins. Most plugins depend only on the core.