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Fritzing Software
Fritzing breadboard view.jpg
Fritzing's breadboard view
Developer(s)Interaction Design Lab Potsdam
Stable release
0.9.10[1] Edit this on Wikidata / 22 May 2022; 27 days ago (22 May 2022)
Written inC++
Operating systemMac OS X, Unix, Windows
LicenseGPL 3.0 or later (software)
CC BY-SA 3.0 (component images)[2]

Fritzing is an open-source initiative[3] to develop amateur or hobby CAD software for the design of electronics hardware, intended to allow designers and artists to build more permanent circuits from prototypes. It was developed at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam.[4] Fritzing is free software under the GPL 3.0 or later license, with the source code available available on GitHub and the binaries at a monetary cost, which is allowed by the GPL.[5]


Fritzing's schematic view

The software was created with inspiration from the Processing programming language and the Arduino microcontroller[6] 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), while the output 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.[7]

Component images are distributed under CC BY-SA 3.0, 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.


Fritzing allows for creation of printed circuit boards. Fritzing provides access to a commercial service known as ‘FritzingFab’ to order PCBs created with designs made on the Fritzing software.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fritzing 0.9.10 released". 22 May 2022. Retrieved 24 May 2022.
  2. ^ What license is Fritzing released under? FAQ
  3. ^ McRoberts, Michael (2010). Beginning Arduino. APress. pp. xx. ISBN 978-1-4302-3240-7.
  4. ^ Brühlmann, Thomas (2010). Arduino: Praxiseinstieg. Hüthig Jehle Rehm. p. 270. ISBN 978-3-8266-5605-7.
  5. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions about the GNU Licenses".
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^[dead link]

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