Install SimulIDE On Ubuntu Using Terminal

Install SimulIDE Ubuntu

Install SimulIDE On Ubuntu Using Terminal – There are many electronic circuit simulators with Arduino microcontroller features such as Proteus, TinkerCAD, SimulIDE, Wokwi, Tinkercad Circuits, Virtual Breadboard & Avatar Hardware, PICSimLab, UnoArduSim, and IO Simulator.

One of the best of them is SimulIDE. This is a simple real-time electronic circuit simulator, intended for hobbyists or students to learn and experiment with simple electronic circuits and microcontrollers, supports PIC, AVR and Arduino.

SimulIDE is not an accurate simulator for circuit analysis, it aims to be fast, simple and easy to use, so that we can create, simulate and interact with your circuits in minutes, just drag components from the list, drop them onto the circuit, connect and press the power button to see how it works.

Some of the features that SimulIDE has are Code Editor, Debugger for GcBasic, basic components such as Resistors, Leds, Transistors, Common ICs, Arduino Chips, PIC asm and AVR asm.

Download SimulIDE

For the Linux operating system, there are two files that have been provided by the SimulIDE developer, namely .appimage and .tar.gz.

If you want the application to run immediately when clicked, please download the appImage version.

In this article I will help you to provide steps to install SimulIDE on ubuntu using terminal and create a desktop launcher for it. Please download the .tar.gz version by clicking the following button:

In this article, I downloaded SimulIDE 0.4.15. After the file is downloaded, now open the terminal on your ubuntu.

Extract It

After the download is complete, open Terminal and go to your Download folder using command.

cd Downloads/
tar -xf SimulIDE_0.4.15-SR9_Lin64.tar.gz

Move to opt folder

Now we will move the extracted SimulIDE folder into the /opt/, use the following command:

sudo mv SimulIDE_0.4.15-SR9_Lin64 /opt/

Then we go into the SimulIDE folder which is in the /opt folder.

cd /opt/SimulIDE_0.4.15-SR9_Lin64/

Now go to bin folder and you will see a file with name “simulide ” and run it:

cd /bin

./simulide: error while loading shared libraries

If you getting error like:

./simulide: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

Please install libQt using this command:

sudo apt-get install libqt5core5a libqt5gui5 libqt5xml5 libqt5svg5 libqt5widgets5 libqt5concurrent5 libqt5multimedia5 libqt5multimedia5-plugins libqt5serialport5 libqt5script5 libelf1

Now run again “simulide file with command:


It will appear a software SimulIDE like this:

How to Make Desktop Launcher Icon

To be able to make shortcuts appear in the menu, an application is needed to create app shortcuts. One of the menu editor applications is Alacarte. Please open a terminal, then use the following command:

sudo apt-get install alacarte

How to Add Shortcuts To Menu

Look at the picture above.

  • Click New Item
  • Enter the name of the application in the Name form
  • Navigate the application Command to the /opt/SimulIDE_0.4.15-SR9_Lin64/bin/simulide where the application is located.
  • Insert the application icon by clicking the icon form on the left, /opt/SimulIDE_0.4.15-SR9_Lin64/share/icons/hicolor/256×256/simulide.png
  • Click OK

Now the shortcut app is in the Main Menu. You can test it.

Hopfully this article is useful.

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