This source contains the most recent patches and is useful for debugging and testing. If you build KiCad from source consider joining the developer mailing list to post your improvements and bug-fixes.
Other than the source code itself there are some other distibruted elements that make up the full KiCad package, which is the KiCad documentation (kicad-doc), the user interface translations (kicad-i18n), and the schematic, footprint, 3D model libraries and project templates.
Current Version: 5.0.2
Tarballs intended to be used by packagers:
With newer linux releases it might be easiest to disable the wxpython option. This is becasue there is an incompatability between wxwidgets which is not complied with gtk3 instead of gtk2, while wxpython does not support gtk3 before it’s phoenix release, which does not yet work with KiCad. Help needed.
Due to API instability in the Boost.Context library, KiCad 5 ships with a replacement implementation, which is partially written in assembler language. Because of this, several platforms may fail to compile.
Instructions can be found in compiling.md which is located in the
kicad source code under
Alternatively, you can view it online here: Building KiCad from Source