Install on Linux Mint

Caution Linux Mint is not officially supported by the KiCad project. This link is provided as a reference to Linux Mint users but the KiCad project cannot guarantee that users will not encounter distribution-specific issues. Issues encountered while using Linux Mint will need to be recreated in a supported distribution before the KiCad developers can address it.

Linux Mint Debian Incompatibility

Linux Mint Debian does not work with the PPA listed below. Only Linux Mint Ubuntu and its derivatives have been reported to work with this PPA.

6.0.8 Stable Release

Installation

KiCad 6.0.8 is available in PPA for KiCad: 6.0 releases . To install KiCad via the PPA, you can use the Software Manager:

  1. Open the Software Manager.

  2. Select 'Edit' → 'Software Sources…​'.

  3. Open the 'Other Software' tab.

  4. Click 'Add…​', and enter the PPA address: ppa:kicad/kicad-6.0-releases and then click the 'Add Source' button.

  5. When prompted insert the administrator user password.

  6. Return to the Software Manager and view the Progress tab to see when the cache has finished updating.

  7. Return to the Software Manager main screen, search for 'kicad', and install it.

If you prefer to use the shell, you can enter these commands into a terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository --yes ppa:kicad/kicad-6.0-releases
sudo apt update
sudo apt install --install-recommends kicad

This will perform a full installation of KiCad.

Nightly Development Builds

The nightly development builds are snapshots of the development (master branch) codebase at a specific time. This codebase is under active development, and while we try our best, may contain more bugs than usual. New features added to KiCad can be tested in these builds.

Warning These builds may be unstable, and projects edited with these may not be usable with the current stable release. Use at your own risk
Tip Nightly builds are provided in a separate installation directory. It is possible to install nightly builds at the same time as a stable version.

Nightly development builds are available in Nightly PPA. To install KiCad via the PPA, you can use the Ubuntu Software Manager:

  1. Open the Software Manager.

  2. Select 'Edit' → 'Software Sources…​'.

  3. Open the 'Other Software' tab.

  4. Click 'Add…​', and enter the PPA address: ppa:kicad/kicad-dev-nightly and then click the 'Add Source' button.

  5. When prompted insert the administrator user password.

  6. Return to the Software Manager and view the Progress tab to see when the cache has finished updating.

  7. Return to the Software Manager main screen, search for 'kicad-nightly', and install it.

If you prefer to use the shell, you can enter these commands into a terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository --yes ppa:kicad/kicad-dev-nightly
sudo apt update
sudo apt install kicad-nightly
# You can also install debug symbols:
sudo apt install kicad-nightly-dbg
# Demo
sudo apt install kicad-nightly-demos
# and libraries
sudo apt install kicad-nightly-libraries

To launch nightly version of a kicad’s binaries, you have to add "-nightly" to the command name:

  • kicad → kicad-nightly

  • pcbnew → pcbnew-nightly

  • eeschema → eeschema-nightly

  • …​