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Fritzing Software
Fritzing icon.png
Developer(s) Interaction Design Lab Potsdam
Stable release 0.9.2b / April 3, 2015 (2015-04-03)
Operating system Mac OS X, Linux, Windows
Type EDA
License GNU GPL v3 (software)
CC BY-SA (component images)[1]

Fritzing is an open source software initiative[2] to support designers and artists ready to move from physical prototyping to actual product. It was developed at the University of Applied Sciences of Potsdam.[3]


Fritzing's schematic view

The software is created in the spirit of the Processing programming language and the Arduino microcontroller[4] and allows a designer, artist, researcher, or hobbyist to document their Arduino-based prototype and create a PCB layout for manufacturing. The associated website helps users share and discuss drafts and experiences as well as to reduce manufacturing costs.

Fritzing can be seen as an electronic design automation (EDA) tool for non-engineers: the input metaphor is inspired by the environment of designers (the breadboard-based prototype), the output is offering nearly no options and is focused on accessible means of production. As of December 2, 2014 Fritzing has made a code view option, where one can modify code and upload it directly to an Arduino device.[5]

Component images are distributed under CC-BY-SA, which will also be the license for any generated breadboard views.

Breadboard view of a simple circuit, drawn with Fritzing.
Circuit diagram of the same circuit.


The Fritzing source code is written in C in the Nokia Qt-framework. The source code can be downloaded and edited via the GitHub repositories. The source is split in two main repositories: Fritzing-App and Fritzing-Parts. (links below)


Fritzing is possibly the easiest way to produce printed circuit boards. FritzingFab enables users to order PCBs with designs made on the Fritzing software.


  1. ^ What license is Fritzing released under? FAQ
  2. ^ McRoberts, Michael (2010). Beginning Arduino. APress. pp. xx. ISBN 978-1-4302-3240-7. 
  3. ^ Brühlmann, Thomas (2010). Arduino: Praxiseinstieg. Hüthig Jehle Rehm. p. 270. ISBN 978-3-8266-5605-7. 
  4. ^ Gläser, Thomas; Markus Jaritz; Philipp Sackl (13 September 2009). "Hardware-Hacking: So baut man einen Tentakel-Roboter für 100 Euro". Der Spiegel. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
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