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Watch our FAQ video to find out why RS/Allied provide DesignSpark PCB to you at no cost and what sort of problems our software can help you with:

DesignSpark PCB is the world’s most accessible electronics design software. Easy to learn and easy to use, DesignSpark PCB is designed to significantly reduce your concept-to-production time. At the core of this unique approach is a powerful software engine that enables you to capture Schematics, design PCB boards and layouts. DesignSpark PCB had won multiple awards and with over 250,000 registered users it emerges as an electronic industry's standard for collaboration and file sharing!

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>> installation/upgrade instructions

>> Product Brochure (PDF) in multiple languages

>> On-line Tutorials to help you getting started

>> List of input/output file formats

>> Supported Operating Systems

>> Change Log: Version 6.1 Update!

>> Example Reference Designs

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Click here to read about typical uses of DSPCB depending on various user needs. Also see the DesignSpark PCB Customer Promise to learn about what we are committed to in terms of the software and supporting our users.

Want to know more? See a high level overview of the core functionality of DesignSpark PCB:

User Testimonials

We're always telling everyone just how great our free tools are! Don't just take our word for it, here are comments from some of our DesignSpark PCB and DesignSpark Mechanical users. Read more...

Engineers are at the heart of evolution of DesignSpark PCB. Being Customer Focused is one of the key values here at RS Components and as such we listen closely to your needs:

Latest PCB design tutorials preview:


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DesignSpark PCB Software overview:

World’s first truly FREE and unrestricted electronics design software. Developed by RS Components/Allied Electronics to enable engineers rapidly design great products, DesignSpark PCB had won multiple awards since 2010 while attracting over 250,000 activations. This breakthrough in accessibility, backed by powerful features enabled engineers to share designs within teams and externally - bringing collaborative hardware design to a whole new level.


DesignSpark PCB is offered completely Free of Charge and fully featured. This is not a cut down version of an expensive product or one with a time limitation on license. (There are no intentional restrictions on designs). There are unlimited schematic sheets per project, up to 1m squared of board size and no limits on layers, which allow you to get your creativity flowing without restraints. DesignSpark PCB circuit design software can be used for schematic capture, PCB board design & layout, generating impressive 3D View to visualise your design in real time, and generating manufacturing files.

PCB View

SCH View

3D View

DesignSpark PCB supports importing of CadSoft EAGLE PCB CAD design files, circuit diagrams and libraries (See the Eagle import tutorial). In addition to extensive libraries, sophisticated part creation wizards make it easy to design new parts from scratch or by amending downloaded symbols and footprints. Bill of Materials (BOM) report can also be generated at any time; these give RS Components order numbers where appropriate.

BOM View

DesignSpark PCB allows you to generate all the files required to take your project from circuit diagram to layout schematic to a circuit board built project. Gerbers (Extended RS-274-X), Excellons, component positions report are available to make your design compatible with pick and place machines ready for automated PCB assembly (reflow oven process). Other output formats include DXF (import and export) and IDF for interfacing to mechanical CAD software tools.
Whether you are a professional designer making money from your designs, an electronics education professional, a student or a hobbyist seeking an easy to use, professional standard, unrestricted schematic capture and PCB layout tool, then DesignSpark PCB is right for you!

DesignSpark PCB is based on community feedback and all software development, enhancements and new features derive from your comments, design work and experiences you share with other members.

To learn more watch our series of introductory videos:



Useful links:

DesignSpark PCB Supported Operating Systems

DesignSpark PCB Change Log

DesingSpark PCB Quick Start Guide & Google Drive library sharing

DesignSpark PCB Teaching Materials (PowerPoint) for Education

Running DSPCB on Mac machines using Crossover

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