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Old 09-30-2012, 04:45 PM   #1
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Electronic circuit simulator (with GUI) for Linux


I have used LTSpice on Windows to simulate some circuits and now I'm looking for a similar simulation program for Linux. I found some tools but they seem to lack important features, such as drag 'n drop interface for circuit composition, waveform plotting etc. Is there any such software for Linux? It does not have to be based on SPICE but there are lots of SPICE models available which I think should work on most SPICE-based simulators. I'm also not very familiar with other simulation software.


(LTSpice apparently runs well under Wine but I'd rather like to have a program that runs natively on Linux. Distro is Linux Mint Debian and installing Wine from the repositories requires some extra mess.)
 
Old 09-30-2012, 06:03 PM   #2
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Try Qucs
http://qucs.sourceforge.net/
http://qucs.sourceforge.net/screenshots.html
http://www.gpleda.org/index.html
 
Old 10-01-2012, 02:05 PM   #3
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ngspice ?
 
Old 10-13-2012, 02:44 AM   #4
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Qucs is not available in the repositories (Debian packagers removed it) and I was unable to compile it. I sent a message to the dev mailing list but I haven't got an answer.

Does ngspice have a graphical schematic editor? It seems that it doesn't.

I found Oregano but it's not as versatile as LTSpice and it seems that it has some bugs.

LTSpice works perfectly under Wine.
 
Old 10-13-2012, 07:53 AM   #5
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(LTSpice apparently runs well under Wine but I'd rather like to have a program that runs natively on Linux.
LTSpice does work well under Wine, and a native Linux program would be be nice, but wait until you've found out how much messing about it requires to get a native Linux program actually working before you finally decide (maybe, eg, ngspice has become easier to use in the past few years, but a few years ago it just wasn't worth it for simple simulation problems).

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It does not have to be based on SPICE but there are lots of SPICE models available which I think should work on most SPICE-based simulators.
Up to a point. Well, yes, they should work, but they often don't. And, you only have to have one part work in a seriously unrealistic way for your simulation to be useless. Some years ago 'Pspice Extended Syntax' was quite popular and gave results that were out by several orders of magnitude from a program that more strictly respected basic SPICE syntax.

Of course, once you have noticed the problem and pinpointed it, it is easy enough to cure, but you could get yourself into serious deep stuff if you don't notice.

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I found some tools but they seem to lack important features, such as drag 'n drop interface for circuit composition, waveform plotting etc.
Drag 'n drop? I haven't ever looked for that, but surely everything has some form of waveform plotting? It might be in some separate program or require strange command line incantations, but without some kind of waveform plotting it would be close to useless.
 
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QUCS

Just have to say - thanks for the QUCS recommendation. Works like a charm and very easy to use! :3
 
  


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