How to Install SimulIDE on Debian 11

Although in the field of engineering the applications are very varied, the truth is that most of them are only available for Windows. However, today you will learn how to install SimulIDE on Debian 11 which is a very efficient electronics simulator that is used by more and more people every day. Let’s get started.

What is SimulIDE?

According to the project’s website

SimulIDE is a simple real-time electronic circuit simulator, intended for hobbyists or students to learn and experiment with simple electronic circuits and microcontrollers, compatible with PIC, AVR and Arduino.

Just as we read it, although SimulIDE is designed for students and enthusiasts, it does not lack functions that allow it to be a utility to be considered.

The graphical interface of SimulIDE is created in QT, so we can easily integrate it with many Linux distributions. Besides this, the interface is simple because it has a left panel with all the tools and a central panel where we can simulate.

As it is open source (GPLv3 license), we can use it in any project, and we can analyze the code for improvements or auditing.

Let’s start.

Installing SimulIDE on Debian 11

SimulIDE’s support for Linux is excellent and provides us with packages to install it quickly, easily and without too much hassle.

The most recommended method and the one that can cause the least problems is to install it using the AppImage package.

The installation can be done through the terminal or through the graphical interface.

Using the terminal to install SimulIDE

A quick method is to use the terminal, which is always a great ally.

Open a terminal and download SimulIDE using the command wget.

wget https://launchpad.net/simulide/0.4.15/0.4.15-stable/+download/simulide_0.4.15-SR9.AppImage

Then, assign run permissions to the file by using the command

chmod +x simulide_0.4.15.15-SR9.AppImage

Thereafter, you can run it.

./simulide_0.4.15-SR9.AppImage

Then you can see the interface appear.

From the graphical interface of the system

Some people are not so good with the terminal. But no problem. We can do the procedure using only the Debian GUI.

To do so, go to this link

Now click on the link to the Linux AppImage file.

Download page
Download page

Now, using the file browser, you can assign execution permissions by right-clicking on the file, and in the properties go to the Permissions tab and give it execution permissions.

Set the proper permissions on SimulIDE
Set the proper permissions on SimulIDE

Finally, run the file and the program will start.

SimulIDE on Debian 11

Once the application starts, you will see a splash screen that looks something like this.

SimulIDE on Debian 11
SimulIDE on Debian 11

As you may notice, the interface is simple, and the learning curve is very short.

It only remains for us to take elements from the left pane and start designing.

SimulIDE running
SimulIDE running

Uninstalling SimulIDE on Debian 11

If you no longer want to have SimulIDE on your system, it is advisable to uninstall it. To achieve this, simply remove the AppImage file from the system.

If you want to do this via the terminal, just run

rm simulide_0.4.15-SR9.AppImage

Or from the GUI if you feel more comfortable.

Conclusion

SimulIDE is a great tool for all electronics professionals and students who want an easy-to-use simulator. It is also recommended for use in educational environments due to its open-source license.

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