Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Install Fritzing 0.9.3b Electronic Circuit Design on Ubuntu Via sources

    Fritzing is an open-source hardware initiative that makes electronics accessible as a creative material for anyone. We offer a software tool, a community website and services in the spirit of Processing and Arduino, fostering a creative ecosystem that allows users to document their prototypes, share them with others, teach electronics in a classroom, and layout and manufacture professional pcbs.

New fritzing release 0.9.3b

   Continuously updated parts library

   The fritzing parts library is now stored online at github and is automatically checked
for updates on every launch. This means you will now get new parts (or fixes) in the moment when they are created. No need to wait for the next Fritzing release to get new parts anymore!
And we are actually using git itself inside of fritzing to do these updates, so this opens up many other use cases in the future, like for example direct user contributions.

   Critical bug fix for messed up PCB traces

   Many of you have been plagued by an annoying bug that occasionally caused PCB traces to get loose and flip around. It proved to be really tricky to track down but it’s finally fixed, sigh.. Plus, the fix will recover any files that have been mangled by this bug.
High-DPI display support

Fritzing now looks properly on High-DPI (aka Retina) displays on all platforms. It’s not really high-res but scaling nicely according to the higher screen resolution. No more eye squinting with your fancy 4K screen!

Easier handling of self-created parts

Custom / self-made parts and bins used to be stored in a hidden location on your hard
drive, which made it really annoying to edit them with an external tool such as Illustrator
or a text editor.
They are now conveniently located in your ~/Documents/Fritzing folder for easy access!

Load/Save uncompressed fritzing files (.fz)

You can now alternatively save your fritzing sketches as an uncompressed set of files (.fz
plus additional custom parts etc). This allows for proper versioning with systems like git or svn. For regular use, we still recommend using the standard .fzz format, which by the way is just a zip bundle of these files.
Thanks to Sergio Oller (zeehio) for this contribution!

File type associations & icons

fzz, fzb, fzp, etc. now also have shiny file icons on Mac OS X (thanks to scribblemaniac)
and Ubuntu Linux (thanks to el-j).  To get them to actually show up, you will need to wait a little on Mac for them to override the cache, and on Linux  you have to run the install-fritzing.sh script.

Install Fritzing 0.9.3b

1. Download the latest packages, Linux 32-bit or Linux 64-bit, from the official link below:  


2. Open terminal from Unity Dash, App Launcher, or via Ctrl+Alt+T keys. When it opens, run below commands one by one:

$ cd ~/Downloads

$ tar -xvf fritzing-*.tar.bz2

$ sudo mv fritzing-* /usr/share/fritzing

$ sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/fritzing.desktop

 It will launch an empty file, copy and paste the followings into this empty file, as shown in following screenshot.
[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Electronic Design Automation software

Save the file, and now run following command on terminal to automatically install this desktop file on your ubuntu system.

3. Create application shortcuts only
  • Go to Home Folder –> File System –> usr –> share –> applications.
  • Right click your favourite icon, choose Copy To –> Desktop 
  • Click select
 4. Change picture icon

  • Select Properties 
  • Select icon from /usr/share/fritzing/icons/fritzing_icon.png 

Success install Fritzing 0.9.3b Electronic Circuit Design in Ubuntu



  1. Nice blog… Thanks for sharing very useful information about electrical circuits.
    Electronic circuit design

  2. Save the file, and now run following command on terminal to automatically install this desktop file on your ubuntu system.

    I save the file but, Where is the command? he he

    1. Con permiso del autor:

      Revise qué movió con el comando mv. Entonces escriba "sudo /usr/share/fritzing/nombrecarpeta/Fritzing".
      Una vez inicie, puede "mantener" el icono del programa en unity y ahorrarse el acceso directo.


  3. Thanks for this tutorial. It was really helpful. I just wanted to add a couple things that might help someone in the future:
    1. If you're starting from scratch you'll want to create the directory:
    sudo mkdir /usr/share/fritzing
    2. Then you might want to make your user owner of that folder:
    sudo chown yourusername /usr/share/fritzing
    3. Then a small adjustment to step 2 so we only copy the files in the folder (not the whole fritzing-0.9.3b.linux.AMD64 folder):
    mv -v fritzing-*/* /usr/share/fritzing
    4. To make a shortcut on the desktop try this:
    * Open /usr/share/applications
    * Right-click Fritzing and select Copy To... and select Desktop
    * Now right-click the Fritzing icon on the desktop to change the icon

    Hope that helps!

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  5. I had some problems because I updated the data base as root (sudo) and until I "sudo chown $USER /usr/share/fritzing/fritzing-parts/parts.db" I ended up with many an error messages and no parts unless I ran it as sudo. There is probably a better way of installing it in /usr/share directory if there were multiple users; perhaps by setting the group privilege to a group such as "fritzgroup" and then each fritzing users could join that group. I may spend some time trying this out but after fighting my SNAFU for over an hour, I'm going to call it good enough for today and start fritzing.

    1. PS: I forgot to mention that the instructions helped getting this installed so thanks for the previous postings.

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