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How to install DesignSpark PCB on Linux with "Wine"



  • Erika Julieth Acero Velandia

    I get authorisation service error when I run for the first time DesignSpark , I don't know what can I do to solve this.


  • Marlio Bonfim

    Congratulations for this detailed and yet simple tutorial!

    I succeed in installing DesignSpark under Mint 18.1

    For the moment it works like a charm. The only bug up to now is that I cannot save the schematic or pcb file in the same directory where I opened the project. Minor bug

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

  • George Tsimopoulos

    I have also been able to install designspark on mint 18.2 successfully.

    It was necessary to upgrade winehq in mint to install the msi library loader, but it does not recognize disignspark :(


    Did anyone managed to install the library loader on Linux ?


  • Brian Shea

    Awesome Job! Finally a real EDA for Linux!

  • Karoly Molnar

    I could not get DS9 running on Ubuntu 18.04LTS with PlayonLinux.
    The following has helped:

    • sudo apt install wine-stable wine32 winetricks
    • mkdir -p ~/apps/dspark
    • WINEPREFIX=~/apps/dspark WINEARCH=win32 winetricks -q vcrun2015
    • [optional] WINEPREFIX=~/apps/dspark WINEARCH=win32 winetricks -q ie6
    • cp <download location of installer>/DesignSparkPCB_v9.0.exe ~/apps/dspark/drive_c
    • mkdir ~/apps/dspark/drive_c/dslib
    • mkdir ~/apps/dspark/drive_c/dspark
    • WINEPREFIX=~/apps/dspark wine ~/apps/dspark/drive_c/DesignSparkPCB_v9.0.exe
    • Choose c:\dspark for the program installation folder
    • Chose c:\dslib for library installation folder
    • The installer will crash but it still installs the software.

    It seems that vc2015 is the only mandatory dependency. You may install ie6 too so the start splash screen will be showing properly. Without ie6 the banner will be just an empty white box.

    You can run it by

    WINEPREFIX=~/apps/dspark wine ~/apps/dspark/drive_c/dspark/DesignSpark.exe

    You shall set up the library folders as described in the article above.

    Update: I have managed to apply the 9.02 patch by:

    • cp <download location of installer>/DesignSparkPCB_Update902.exe ~/apps/dspark/drive_c
    • cd ~/apps/dspark/drive_c
    • WINEPREFIX=~/apps/dspark wine DesignSparkPCB_Update902.exe
    • change install location to c:\dspark in the installation GUI


  • M S

    The tip of Molnar works flawlessly.


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