Debian Stable (Stretch)

debian_stable_backports package
debian_stable package

The release 4.0.5 is available for Debian stable/stretch, the backported version 5.0.1 is available in stretch-backports.

You can install it with the following commands in a terminal, otherwise you can use any of the package managers you like:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install kicad

Offline docs are available in separate packages named for example kicad-doc-en. You can search for them with apt or apt-cache for example.

apt search kicad-doc
# or alternatively if you are on wheezy
apt-cache search kicad-doc

Debian Old-Stable (Jessie)

debian_oldstable_backports package

debian_oldstable package (KiCad’s 2014 stable release)

The 2014 stable release bzr4027 of KiCad is available in the official Debian repositories for oldstable/jessie.

It is not recommended for new designs. Please use the packages from the backport repository for actual versions. Follow the instructions on the Debian Wiki to add the Backport repository to your sources and install the KiCad packages from jessie-backports-sloppy.

Debian Unstable (Sid)

debian_unstable package

The current upstream release is available for Debian unstable/sid.

Debian Testing (Buster)

debian_testing package

The current upstream release is available for Debian testing/buster.

Build from Source

You can find the instructions to build from source here. If you use Debian stable with actual packages from Backports or you working with the testing/sid release you can compile your own version of KiCad. Since summer 2018 the required ngspice library libngspice for schematic simulation is also available in testing/sid and also by Stretch Backports.

Ensure you have installed some build dependencies at least before you try to start own builds:

sudo apt install cmake doxygen libboost-context-dev libboost-dev \
libboost-system-dev libboost-test-dev libcairo2-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev \
libgl1-mesa-dev libglew-dev libglm-dev libngspice-dev liboce-foundation-dev \
liboce-ocaf-dev libssl-dev libwxbase3.0-dev libwxgtk3.0-dev python-dev \
python-wxgtk3.0-dev swig wx-common