Debian Unstable (Sid)

debian_unstable package

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

For installing please read further.

Debian Testing (Buster)

debian_testing package

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

For installing please read further.

Debian Stable (Stretch)

debian_stable_backports package
debian_stable package

The release 4.0.5 is available for Debian stable/stretch, the backported version 4.0.7 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 seperate 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)

Jessie Backport Version: 4.0.7 (KiCad actual version)


Jessie Release Version: bzr4027 (KiCad stable release 2014)

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 Old-Old-Stable (Wheezy)

Wheezy Backport Version: bzr4027


Wheezy Release Version: bzr3261 (KiCad stable release 2012)

Unfortunately there is no newer version for the Wheezy release available so you need to stay with bzr3261 from 2012 in the old-old-stable repository or version bzr4027 from the wheezy-backport repository then. As for Debian old-stable, they are not recommended for new designs. So you really better upgrade your Debian installation at least to Debian Old-Stable (Jessie) or better to Stable (Stretch) and use the version there from backport.

Build from Source

You can find the instructions to build from source here. If you have a running Debian stable with actual packages from Backports or you running a testing/sid release you can compile your own version of KiCad. Note, the use of Spice features isn’t possible now, even in testing/unstable as the ngspice package isn’t providing the needed libngspice library. If you need Spice related support in KiCad you will need to build a modified ngspice package. See this bug report for further information.

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 liboce-foundation-dev liboce-ocaf-dev \
libssl-dev libwxbase3.0-dev libwxgtk3.0-dev python-dev python-wxgtk3.0-dev \
swig wx-common