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System Requirements

Common System Requirements (hardware specs)

  • Supported Processor Architectures

    • Intel (or compatible) 32 and 64 bit.

    • PowerPC 64 bit.

    • ARM 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. 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: cards that are reported working start 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

Common System Requirements (software specs)

See: 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

Windows 8

Unsupported, will most likely still function

Windows 8.1

Unsupported, will most likely still function

Windows Server 2012

Unsupported, will most likely still function

Windows Server 2016

10-Oct-2027

Windows Server 2019

09-Jan-2029

Windows Server 2022

14-Oct-2031

Windows 10

14-Oct-2025

Windows 11

TBD

Apple - macOS

KiCad provides official support for macOS versions that are currently supported by Apple. Apple does not provide formal support timelines, but typically provides support and security updates for the three most recent major macOS versions. Based on this, the KiCad project considers a macOS version to be end-of-life when it is not one of the three most recent major releases.

While the KiCad project does not support or test older macOS versions, it is possible that KiCad can be installed and run on older systems. Any issues or bugs that occur on an unsupported version of macOS must be reproduced on an officially-supported version before they will be addressed by the KiCad team.

A community-provided port of KiCad is available on MacPorts, which may provide an option for users on unsupported versions of macOS to install a more recent version.

Operating System End of Support

macOS 11 and older

Unsupported

macOS 12.x

1-Nov-2024 (approximately)

macOS 13.x

1-Nov-2025 (approximately)

macOS 14.x

1-Nov-2026 (approximately)

GNU/Linux

The following Linux distributions have been tested and are known to be working with the stable release version of KiCad. 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 may not function on some of the older distributions listed below.

Ubuntu

Operating System End of Support

Ubuntu 20.04 (LTS)

Unsupported, will most likely still function

Ubuntu 22.04 (LTS)

May 2025

Ubuntu 23.10

Nov 2024

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 38

May 2024

Fedora 39

November 2024

Fedora 40

May 2025

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)

Unsupported, will most likely still function

Debian 10 (Buster)

Unsupported, will most likely still function

Debian 11 (Bullseye)

approx 2024

Debian 12 (Bookworm)

approx 2025

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)

Other window managers may or may not work; bugs seen using them must be reproduced in a supported environment before they will be investigated by the KiCad team. Some window managers are known to have bugs or issues that affect KiCad, including:

  • Muffin (used by Cinnamon)

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.