gerbv – A free, open source gerber viewer for Linux / OS X

When you finish a PCB design, you typically use the CAM export function of your layout tool to generate a set of gerber files to send to the PCB manufacturer.  To avoid errors in the finished board, it’s usually a good idea to review the files before you click send.

Enter gerbv, a free, open source gerber viewer that is available for many platforms, including Debian and OS X (via fink).

I recently upgraded to version 2.0 (I was using the really outdated version 1.0 on Macports) and I am really impressed by the improvements in the GUI and overall usability.

gerbv is a part of the gEDA suite, which also includes layout and schematic capture tools that are slowly becoming more popular vs. more established non-free tools like Eagle.

Update: I missed an interesting update to a post over on My 2uf, not everyone seems to like the rest of the gEDA suite.

gerbv screenshot
gerbv screenshot

2 thoughts on “gerbv – A free, open source gerber viewer for Linux / OS X”

  1. Well I’m a kicad developer and *still* I prefer gerbv to the kicad gerbview:D
    The only thing is that chokes on kicad drill files with full headers:(

  2. To restore some of the reputation of the gEDA suite I apparently have dared (to, *) question/damage in my blog, I should say that gerbv is a good program. It has an easy to use GUI and I couldn’t find any flaw whatsoever (yet). I even prefer it to the viewer coming with KiCAD, hoping the latter will catch up with it. Rest assured that I’ve already got whacked by EMSL for ‘dissing’ gEDA 🙂

    (*) just can’t get the knack of using these auxiliary verbs…

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