System Requirements

Common System Requirements (hardware specs)

  • Pentium-compatible PC (Pentium IV, Athlon or more-recent system recommended);

  • 512 MB RAM (1024 MB RAM recommended);

  • Up to 5GB available hard disk space;

  • Screen resolution of 1024x768 works but, 1280x1024 or higher is recommended, with at least 16K colors (with 1024x768 some buttons may result hidden but corresponding commands should be reachable via menu anyway).

  • Graphic card with at least OpenGL 2.1, with hardware shaders. Check the OpenGL specs of the card:

    • Intel: no cards that came before the HD-Graphics series, regardless of the name including "HD". Intel cards that are reported working starts from model HD2000 and higher.

    • NVIDIA: from NVIDIA support page: http://www.nvidia.com/object/nv_ogl2_support.html NVIDIA support for OpenGL 2.0 begins with the Release 75 series of drivers. GeForce FX (NV3x), GeForce 6 Series (NV4x), NV3xGL-based Quadro FX and NV4xGL-based Quadro FX GPUs, and all future NVIDIA GPUs support OpenGL 2.0.

    • AMD/ATI: should work any modern Radeon GPU, but check for some issues here: http://kicad-pcb.org/help/known-system-related-issues/#_bad_graphics_cards

Common System Requirements (software specs)

See: http://kicad-pcb.org/help/known-system-related-issues/ for software specific issues.

Specific System Requirements

KiCad supports major operating systems that remain supported by their developers. After the operating systems' respective companies stop releasing updates for the system, KiCad will not be specifically tested with the old system. Older operating systems may continue to work with KiCad beyond this time but bugs must be reproduced on a supported operating system before they will be addressed by KiCad.

Windows

The software prerequisites for installing KiCad on a Windows system are as follows:

Operating System End of Support

Windows 7

14-Jan-2020

Windows 8

Unsupported

Windows 8.1

10-Jan-2023

Windows Server 2012

10-Oct-2023

Windows Server 2016

10-Oct-2027

Windows 10

9-Jan-2029

Apple - macOS

The software prerequisites for installing on a macOS system are as follows:

Operating System End of Support:

macOS 10.12

1-Aug-2019

macOS 10.13

1-Aug-2020

macOS 10.14

1-Aug-2021

GNU/Linux

The following Linux distribution versions have been tested and are known to be working. Issues or bugs that occur on an unsupported platform must be reproduced on an officially supported distribution and window manager before they will be addressed by KiCad.

Tested Distributions

Operating System End of Support:

Ubuntu 16.04

1-Apr-2019

Ubuntu 17.10

Not Supported

Ubuntu 18.04

1-Apr-2023

Ubuntu 18.10

1-Apr-2019

Debian 9 (Stretch)

approx 2020

Debian 10 (Buster)

approx 2022

Fedora 29

approx May 2019

Additional Linux Considerations

Linux also allows the user to select their window manager. There are many esoteric window managers available for Linux and some may have unexpected behavior. KiCad officially supports the following window managers:

  • Metacity (used by GNOME 2 and GNOME flashback)

  • Mutter (when used with an X11 backend)

  • KWin (when used with an X11 backend)

  • Xfwm (used by XFCE)

Graphical Windowing Backend

KiCad officially supports the X11 backend. Users who choose to use Wayland will run in a compatibility layer called XWayland.

Issues or bugs encountered while using XWayland must be reproduced under X11 before they will be addressed by KiCad.

Other OSes

Other systems (notably Unix *BSD) may be fully functional but are not officially supported.