How to Install Latest KiCad in Ubuntu 20.04, 20.10 [New Official PPA]

November 2, 2020 — Leave a comment

This simple tutorial shows how to install the latest KiCad, schematic capture & PCB design software, in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 20.04, Linux Mint via PPA.

KiCad is a free software suite for electronic design automation. It facilitates the design of schematics for electronic circuits and their conversion to PCB designs. KiCad was originally developed by Jean-Pierre Charras. It features an integrated environment for schematic capture and PCB layout design. Tools exist within the package to create a bill of materials, artwork, Gerber files, and 3D views of the PCB and its components.

The new official PPA was created a few months ago contains the latest packages for 5.1 release series.

1. Open terminal either from system application launcher, or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kicad/kicad-5.1-releases

Type user password (no visual feedback) when it asks and hit Enter to continue.

2. Then refresh system package via command:

sudo apt update

For Ubuntu 18.04 & higher, this is done automatically while adding PPA.

3. Install the KiCad package:

sudo apt install kicad

Uninstall:

To remove KiCad package, run command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove kicad

To remove the PPA, either go to Software & Updates -> Other Software or run command:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:kicad/kicad-5.1-releases

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