ChemDraw is a molecule editor first developed in 1985 by David A. Evans and Stewart Rubenstein[1] (later by the cheminformatics company CambridgeSoft). The company was sold to PerkinElmer in the year 2011.[2] ChemDraw, along with Chem3D and ChemFinder, is part of the ChemOffice suite of programs and is available for Macintosh and Microsoft Windows.

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Stable release
20.1 / May 7, 2021; 4 months ago (2021-05-07)
Operating systemmacOS, Microsoft Windows
WebsiteChemDraw on PerkinElmer site

Features of ChemDraw 12.0Edit

  • Chemical structure to name conversion
  • Chemical name to structure conversion
  • NMR spectrum simulation (1H and 13C)
  • Mass spectrum simulation
  • Structure cleanup
  • An extensive collection of templates, including style templates for most major chemical journals.
  • Export to SVG
  • Export to PDF (Mac Version only)

File formatEdit

The native file formats for ChemDraw are the binary CDX and the preferred XML-based CDXML formats. ChemDraw can also import from, and export to, MOL, SDF, and SKC chemical file formats.


SDK for ChemDraw enables third-party developers to write plugins. For example, - Quick HotKey helps to set up HotKeys in interactive mode, instead manually editing of text file. The Plugin site appears to have been abandoned.


  1. ^ Halford, Bethany (2014). "Reflections On ChemDraw". C&EN. 92 (33): 26–27. doi:10.1021/cen-09233-scitech1. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  2. ^ Announcing CambridgeSoft from Perkin Elmer

See alsoEdit