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End of an Era: Eagle CAD is Done in July 2026

Or rather, AutoDesk has announced that they will stop support for and allow online access to Eagle CAD after July 2026. Presumably, older versions of the Eagle CAD will still work on the machines they are installed on. From AutoCad:

Effective June 7, 2026, Autodesk will no longer sell or support EAGLE. Moving forward, we will continue to invest our energy in Fusion 360 Electronics.

As a note, EAGLE files are fully compatible with the Fusion 360 electronics workspace and EAGLE will still be available with new Fusion 360 subscriptions until June 2026.

It’s nice to know that Eagle files will be (and are) compatible with Fusion 360, so hopefully those transitioning will not have to reinvent the wheel. For those of you Eagle CAD fans that have a lot invested in the software in terms of libraries and projects, there are definitely some other alternatives for schematic capture and PCB layout, such as:

  • KiCAD – Open source and available for MacOS and Linux, along with Windows. Perhaps the most popular alternative to Eagle CAD in the DIY pedal world. KiCAD is 100% free to use.
  • DipTrace – Another relatively popular option for making PCBs. Very robust platform, but it isn’t free (although the Starter Edition is not terribly expensive).
  • Easy EDA – Another free option. A lot of people like this one, and there are some good tutorials out there, but it didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me (not intuitive). YMMV and all that.
  • Others: There are many other options out there, but mostly they are either expensive, tie you to a specific manufacturer, or have very bad user interfaces. If you know of a good one, please let me know and I will update this page.
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