Compiling KiCad 5.1.7 for macos High Sierra


I’m on High Sierra and want to compile stable relase.
I was able to compile unstable 5.99, but I always get same error while trying to compile for stable release 5.1.7

I use kicad-mac-builder to compile.
Some help will be much appreciated.

cd /Users/user/kicad-mac-builder/build/kicad/src/kicad && git tag -a 5.1.7 -m 5.1.7
fatal: tag ‘5.1.7’ already exists
make[2]: *** [kicad/src/kicad-stamp/kicad-update] Error 128
make[1]: *** [CMakeFiles/kicad.dir/all] Error 2
make: *** [all] Error 2
Error while running make after rebuilding with a single job. Please report this issue if you cannot fix it after reading the README. argument summary:
build_type: Release
extra_version: None
footprints_ref: 5.1.7
jobs: 1
kicad_ref: 5.1.7
kicad_source_dir: None
macos_min_version: 10.13
packages3d_ref: 5.1.7
release: True
release_name: 5.1.7
retry_failed_build: True
symbols_ref: 5.1.7
target: []
templates_ref: 5.1.7
translations_ref: 5.1.7

What exact command did you use to build with?

Thank you for your response

./ --release --kicad-ref 5.1.7 --symbols-ref 5.1.7 --footprints-ref 5.1.7 --packages3d-ref 5.1.7 --translations-ref 5.1.7 --templates-ref 5.1.7 --docs-tarball-url --release-name 5.1.7

Well, the code seems to try to create that tag when adding --release-name, see

So you should really be using --release-name 5.1.7-high-sierra or whatever that does not match a git tag in the source. I hope this helps. Good luck, you may run in to other issues, but feel free to try it out.

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FYI - I use ‘Sierra 10.12.6’ (not 'High Sierra). I recently upgraded Kicad 5.1.5 to 5.1.7 (after known Footprint wizard problems with 5.1.6) using the DMG for 10.14 And Newer. No problems - works like it should…

Thank you very much nickoe for support !
This solved the problem and I was able to compile 5.1.7 unified package for High Sierra and up.

For those who need dmg file here is magnet link:

md5 df18c62651b38d8a79a3f330b44a1eeb


Thanks for compiling Tiberiu! I’m currently running high Sierra on my 2011 mac for stability reason, so it is much appreciated. However I have been unable to download it as there are no seeds. Could you upload it on another service, or seed for a while?
Thanks in advance.

Just started my torrent app. You may try now.