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Kxstitch cross stitch

KXStitch 2.1.0, free and open-source cross stitch pattern software, was released a day ago. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu via PPA.

KXStitch is a cross stitch pattern editor by KDE. The software features:

  • Importing images
  • Multiple floss palettes
  • Multiple stitch types
  • Pattern libraries
  • Reads PCStitch files
  • Flexible printing options

The latest KXStitch 2.1.0 was released silently. No announcement, no changelog. If you want to know what changed, look over the project commits on github page.

KX Stitch PPA for Ubuntu

How to Install KXStitch 2.1.0 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.10, Ubuntu 18.04 users, it can be easily installed via the unofficial PPA.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for ‘terminal’ from app launcher. When it opens, run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/kxstitch

Input your password (no visual feedback while typing) when it prompts and hit Enter to add the PPA.

2. Then check updates and install the software either via Synaptic Package Manager or by running commands:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install kxstitch


To remove KXStitch cross stitch software, either use Synaptic or run command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove kxstitch

The PPA can be removed via “Software & Updates” utility under “Other Software” tab.

Kxstitch cross stitch

Kxstitch, an open-source cross stitch pattern and chart creation software for KDE, has now reached the 2.0 release with KF5 port, a number of improvements and lots of new language translations.

Patterns can be created from scratch on a user defined size of grid, which can be enlarged or reduced in size as your pattern progresses. Alternatively you can import images from many graphics formats which will allow you to reduce the number of colours and to restrict the conversion to full stitches or optionally use fractional stitches.

You may also use an image as a background. These imported images can then be modified using the supplied tools to produce your final design.

Kxstitch cross stitch creation

Kxstitch Features:

  • Creation of new patterns
  • Editing of existing patterns – KXStitch is also capable of reading PC Stitch 5 files.
  • Use of various floss pallets, DMC, Anchor, Madeira, JP Coates
  • Creation of custom palettes and colours.
  • Use of standard stitches
  • Free use of backstitching
  • Importing of various picture formats
  • Printing of patterns and floss keys

How to Install Kxstitch 2.0 in Ubuntu 16.04, 16.10:

Due to lack of official deb binaries, I’ve made the 2.0 release into an Ubuntu PPA, available for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, Linux Mint 18, and derivatives.

You can either run commands in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) to add the PPA and install kxstitch:

  1. Run command to add the PPA:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/kxstitch


  2. Update the system package index:
    sudo apt update
  3. And finally install the software:
    sudo apt install kxstitch

or grab the .deb directly from THIS PAGE (amd64.deb for 64-bit, or i386.deb for 32-bit), and click install via Ubuntu Software.