Installing Fritzing and AdaFruit Fritzing Library

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What is Fritzing?

Fritzing is an open-source hardware initiative that makes electronics accessible as a creative material for anyone. It offers 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.

It can be used for sketching a prototype. In some of my articles (especially for Arduino, Beaglebone, Raspberry Pi), I used Fritzing to sketch the layout of device I want to build.

AdaFruit Fritzing Library

AdaFruit Fritzing Library is a library of parts for Fritzing, developed by AdaFruit. It is a complement library and enhance Fritzing to use some parts like Raspberry Pi, Beaglebone, and other parts which is not supported by default on Fritzing.

The library is open source project, hosted on github.

Installation

Fritzing

Installing Fritzing is very simple. However you need to download the right package for your Operating System.

  • Go to Fritzing download page. Download the latest version (version 0.8.7b now). Oh, you can make donation too if you want.
  • Extract the content of downloaded package to any folder you want.

Fritzing is now available and ready to start. To start Fritzing, just double click the application:

  • For Windows, double-click “fritzing.exe”
  • For Mac: double-click the “Fritzing” application
  • For Linux: double-click “Fritzing” or try executing “./Fritzing” in terminal

AdaFruit Fritzing Library

Installing AdaFruit Fritzing Library is not so hard. Here we want to install all the parts, not individual part.

  • Go to this link. Click the ‘View Raw’ button to download the latest AdaFruit Library.
  • Open Fritzing application and navigate to File > Open. Choose AdaFruit.fzbz to import the library
  • Once the library is imported, exit the Fritzing. You will be prompted with a box. Make sure to save the changes to your library.

Screenshot

BeagleBoard Black and Raspberry Pi on Fritzing.

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