Board Editor

Feature Overview

The board editor provides the following features:

  • Easy-to-use, intuitive interface (including keyboard navigation)

  • Multi-layer PCB (more than you’ll need)

  • Design rule check (DRC)

  • Import formats: DXF

  • Export formats: PDF, SVG, pixmap, BOM, pick&place, Gerber/Excellon

Board Branching

PCB layout is an iterative process and sometimes requires to try out something before discarding it to try another way. LibrePCB directly supports this workflow — just duplicate the board, try different strategies and remove the unneeded boards afterwards. All boards will automatically be in sync with the schematics during the whole time.

Board branching

Footprint/Device Switching

If a package is available with multiple footprints, you can switch between them very easily without needing to touch the schematic at all. It’s even possible to switch to a completely different device.

Switch device

Feature-Rich Export

The highly configurable export with live preview allows to generate nice looking assembly plans and other documentation. Beside printing and copying to clipboard, there are many output formats supported — PDF, SVG, PNG and more. PDFs will contain selectable/searchable texts (not just graphics).

PDF export