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Eagle Tutorial 2/4 - Drawing schematics in EAGLE PCB Design Software

By Staff / November 28, 2019 / 0 Comments
Eagle Tutorial 2/4 - Drawing schematics in EAGLE PCB Design Software

In the first part of our eagle tutorial, we have learned about the Basics of PCB and Overview of EAGLE CAD software. Here to continue with our Eagle PCB tutorial, we learn to create a schematic diagram in EAGLE. To draw a schematic, we have chosen an LED chaser circuit. To know more about the circuit and how it works you can check this LED chaser tutorial, in this article we will not be concentrating on how the circuit works but only on how to design a PCB for this circuit.


Creating schematics on EAGLE:

Let’s start to create schematics and draw a simple EAGLE circuit diagram. Follow the below steps to make a schematic design.



Open EAGLE. File > New > Project. Give a name for the new project.

Drawing Schematics on EAGLE PCB Designing Software



Give any name to New Project. Here, I have given “LED Chaser Circuit”. Now to create new schematic, right-click on the name of project > New > Schematic. The blank schematic will open in a new window.

Drawing Schematics on EAGLE PCB Designing Software



In this new window, the drawing tools are available on the left side. These icons (tools) are very useful to make a schematic.

Drawing tools in EAGLE PCB Designing Software


The drawing tools along with their names are shown below

Drawing Tools Description in EAGLE PCB Designing Software



Enlist the components you need to make a circuit. In the previous tutorial, the LED chaser circuit is explained briefly. So, here we will not discuss this again. As shown in the circuit diagram of the LED chaser circuit, we need below-enlisted components. These components are added from the library. In the library of EAGLE, most components are available. To add a component in the schematic, use the ADD button from the design tool or you give ADD command in the command bar.

In the library, a search bar is available to search the component. For good search results, use ‘*’ before or/and after the keyword.

Sr. No. Name of Component Path in Library Component Description Number of Components
1 Battery Battery>AB9V 9V BATTERY CLIP 1
2 555 Timer Linear>LM555N DIL08 1
3 Capacitor C2 - 10nF rcl>C-EU>C-EUC0603 C0603 1
4 Capacitor C1 - 10uF rcl>CPOL-EU>CPOL-EUE2.5-7 E2,5-7 1
6 Resistor rcl>R-EU>R-EU_0207/10 0207/10 12
7 IC 4017 Counter 40XX>4017>4017N DIL16 1



Add all these components in the schematic window. Now, connect all these components with a net. Net is available in the design tool. A final schematic will look like the below screenshot.

Drawing Schematics on EAGLE PCB Designing Software

Connect all components properly with net and schematic is ready. This schematic is used to make a board diagram. We will discuss how to make a board diagram in the next tutorial.  


EAGLE Schematics Drawing Tips:

  • If you want to move any component, select MOVE from the drawing tool. To move the component in the group, select components, hold ctrl + click right to move.
  • If you need to delete a component, select DELETE and use the left click on the component.
  • Use the NAME button to give the name of the component. i.e. C1, C2 etc.
  • Use the VALUE button to give value for a component. i.e. In this example, the value of capacitor C1 = 10uF.
  • Copy/ paste is also available in the schematic.

After the complete circuit diagram, click on ERC. This tool is the best part of this software. ERC means Electrical Rule Check. This tool will check the diagram and find ERRORS and WARNINGS. When you click on this button, a new window will open and shows errors and warnings.