I was wondering if anybody is aware of any up and coming circuit simulators for mac? I have a little bit of experience with National Instruments Multisim and I quite like its layout and functionality.

I know that I could purchase a virtual machine environment (Parallels) with the Windows OS and run Multisim, but I was curious whether or not a fully featured software would be arriving for Mac. I've used iCircuit a bit and it is fun to play around with, it lacks the robust circuit library of a Multisim.

I'm amazed by the lack of EE software available for the Mac in 2015.


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  • \$\begingroup\$ Purchase VM? Isn't there free VirtualBox? You don't have to buy everything, even if you are Mac.. \$\endgroup\$ – Eugene Sh. Aug 25 '15 at 20:20
  • \$\begingroup\$ You really shouldn't be amazed. The Mac ecosystem is designed for people that don't want to worry about technical details, aka. artists, people browsing and checking email, etc. Engineers and scientists have been using Windows and Linux for decades. Why would EDA tool makers concentrate on developing something for a market that has no use for their products? \$\endgroup\$ – Matt Young Aug 25 '15 at 20:23
  • \$\begingroup\$ @MattYoung While that was true until like 5 years ago, today the picture is different. I have a good friend, an engineer, totally linux-head for decades. Recently have got a macbook. Guess what? He have switched the religion. He says "It's like Linux, but it works". \$\endgroup\$ – Eugene Sh. Aug 25 '15 at 20:27
  • \$\begingroup\$ lol. Easy on the Mac hate. I've had this for 2 years now and it still running solid -- unlike my PC laptops that end up getting bogged down before the end of its first year. I didn't think VB performed as well with something designed specifically for Mac...? \$\endgroup\$ – wellington Aug 25 '15 at 20:28
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    \$\begingroup\$ Runs faster, smoother, more stable and looks nicer :) You name it. Anyway, it's like a religion if you don't look at it critically. But if a tool is better, and the advantage is justifying the price - I would switch the tool. \$\endgroup\$ – Eugene Sh. Aug 25 '15 at 20:37

I recently discovered that LTSpice is now available as a native Mac implementation. Download it from Linear Technology for free.

It seems to work like the windows implementation although the menus are done differently. It can use the same netlist files.

I have also used LTSpice under VirtualBox (free from Oracle) with no problems. You have to install windows in the VM with this approach.

LTSpice will run under Crossover on a Mac. This does not require that you install Windows. There were a few quirks with some of the dialog boxes but it was very usable.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I have actually used it a time or two, but ended up using Multisim (EE course required software) and by default became very familiar with it. I will have another go with LTSpice. Hopefully I won't start reminiscing about the good ol days with Multisim. haha. Thanks for recommendation! \$\endgroup\$ – wellington Aug 25 '15 at 20:55

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