EAGLE (program)

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Developer(s) CadSoft Computer
Initial release 1988; 28 years ago (1988)
Stable release
7.6.0 / June 1, 2016; 4 months ago (2016-06-01)
Operating system Windows, Linux, Mac OS X
Platform 386 compatible PCs
Available in English, German, Hungarian, Chinese
License Proprietary, freeware version available
Website cadsoft.io

EAGLE (Easily applicable graphical layout editor, German: Einfach anzuwendender grafischer layout-editor) is designed and developed by CadSoft Computer GmbH and is a flexible, expandable and scriptable, electronic design automation (EDA) application with schematic capture editor, printed circuit board (PCB) layout editor, auto-router and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) and bill of materials (BOM) tools. Autodesk Inc. bought CadSoft Computer GmbH in 2016.[1]


EAGLE was developed in 1988 as a 16-bit application for Microsoft DOS, with support for OS/2 and Windows added later on. Starting with version 4.0, EAGLE was converted to 32-bit. EAGLE version 4.0 also dropped support for DOS and OS/2, but was among the first professional electronic CAD tools available for Linux. A 32-bit DPMI version of EAGLE 4.0 running under DOS was available on special request in order to help support existing customers, but was not released commercially.

Starting with version 4.13, EAGLE became available for Mac OS X, with versions before 5.0.0 still requiring X11. Version 5.0.0 officially dropped support for Windows 9x and Windows NT 3.x/4.x. EAGLE 6.0.0 no longer supports Mac OS X on the Power PC platform (only on Intel Macs), and the minimum requirements have been changed to Mac OS X 10.6, Linux 2.6 and Windows XP.

On 24 September 2009, Premier Farnell announced the acquisition of CadSoft Computer GmbH, developer of EAGLE.[2]

On 27 June 2016, Autodesk announced the acquisition of CadSoft Computer GmbH from Premier Farnell, with Premier Farnell continuing to distribute Cadsoft products for Autodesk.[3]

Schematic capture[edit]

EAGLE contains a schematic editor, for designing circuit diagrams. Parts can be placed on many sheets and connected together through ports.

PCB layout[edit]

The PCB layout editor allows back annotation to the schematic and auto-routing to automatically connect traces based on the connections defined in the schematic.

EAGLE saves Gerber and PostScript layout files and Excellon and Sieb & Meyer drill files. These standard files are accepted by many PCB fabrication companies.

Available versions[edit]

Comparison of features for the various available versions. Costs are referred to "Schematic+Layout+Autorouter, 1-User" license.[4]

Version Schematic sheets Layers PCB size Use Note Cost
Professional 999 16 4x4 m Any $ 1640, € 1385
Standard 99 6 160x100 mm Any $ 820, € 690
Hobbyist 99 6 160x100 mm For individual, non commercial use only $ 169, € 140
Light 1 2 100x80 mm Any $ 69, € 62
Educational 99 6 160x100 mm Non-Commercial / EDU (Requires .edu email) Support only via email or forum $ 0, € 0

Notable users[edit]

Popular DIY electronics site SparkFun uses EAGLE, and releases the EAGLE files for boards designed in-house. Other popular sites/products that use EAGLE include Adafruit, Arduino[5] and Dangerous Prototypes.

Third-party libraries[edit]

Of particular note is the popular DIY electronics parts store SparkFun Electronics[6] that has grown up largely due to the hobbyist market exemplified by Make magazine and others. Many of these companies offer EAGLE part libraries[7] which define schematic shapes, pinouts, and part sizes to allow for correct layout in the PCB layout editor. Other popular libraries include Adafruit[8] and Dangerous prototypes,[9] element14 (a subsidiary of Farnell, former owners of CadSoft) also have some libraries available from their site.[10]

Beginner usage[edit]

A large group of textual and video tutorials exists for beginners to design their own PCBs.[11][12]

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