System Requirements

Common System Requirements (hardware specs)

  • Supported Processor Architectures

    • Intel (or compatible) 32 and 64 bit.

    • PowerPC 32 and 64 bit.

    • ARM 32 and 64 bit.

    • MIPS 64 bit.

  • 1GB RAM (2G RAM recommended);

  • Up to 10GB available hard disk space;

  • Screen resolution of 1280x1024 works but 1920x1080 or higher is recommended, with at least 16K colors. At lower resolutions toolbar buttons may be hidden but corresponding commands should be reachable via menu.

  • Graphics card with OpenGL 2.1 or greater that supports 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 organizations stop releasing updates for the system, KiCad will not be specifically tested with the unsupported system. Unsupported 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 Support Status

Windows 7

Unsupported, will most likely still function

Windows 8

Unsupported, will most likely still function

Windows 8.1

10-Jan-2023

Windows Server 2012

10-Oct-2023

Windows Server 2016

10-Oct-2027

Windows Server 2019

09-Jan-2029

Windows 10

09-Jan-2029

Apple - macOS

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

Operating System End of Support:

macOS 10.12

Unsupported

macOS 10.13

1-Aug-2020

macOS 10.14

1-Aug-2021

GNU/Linux

The following Linux distributions have been tested and are known to be working with KiCad version 5.1. 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.

Note: Development versions of the next KiCad release (version 6) may not function on some of the older distributions listed below.

Ubuntu

Operating System End of Support:

Ubuntu 16.04 (LTS)

Unsupported, will most likely still function

Ubuntu 18.04 (LTS)

1-Apr-2021

Ubuntu 18.10

Unsupported, will most likely still function

Ubuntu 19.04

Unsupported, will most likely still function

Ubuntu 19.10

1-July-2020

Long Term Support (LTS) releases of Ubuntu will be supported for 1 year after the next LTS version is released (for a total of 3 years of support).

Non-LTS releases of Ubuntu will be supported while the version is under standard support from Ubuntu.

Fedora

Operating System End of Support:

Fedora 29

Unsupported, will most likely still function

Fedora 30

approx May 2020

Fedora 31

approx November 2020

Fedora releases will be supported for as long as they are supported by the Fedora Project (usually for 1 year after release).

Debian

Operating System End of Support:

Debian 9 (Stretch)

approx 2020

Debian 10 (Buster)

approx 2022

Debian releases will be supported for as long as they are supported by Debian.

Additional Linux Considerations

Linux allows users to select their preferred 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 (GNOME 3)

  • KWin (KDE)

  • Xfwm (used by XFCE)

  • i3 (Arch Linux)

  • Unity (Ubuntu prior to 18.04)

Graphical Windowing Backend

Regardless of the window manager, KiCad officially only supports the X11 backend. Users who choose to use Wayland will have to run KiCad in the compatibility layer XWayland.

Issues or bugs encountered while using XWayland must be reproduced under X11 before they will be addressed by KiCad. Bugs that cannot be reproduced on X11 should be reported to the Wayland bug tracker.

Other OSes

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