How do install kicad 5 on debian 9.8?

How do I install Kicad 5 on Debian 9.8 I am newbe.
Ike shields

Isn’t debian 9 the same as debian stretch? If so then kicad 5 is in the backports:

I’m running Debian Buster here, which got frozen on KiCad V5.0.2
Then a friend with more Linux knowledge than me visited and he changed /etc/apt/sources.list to point to the unstable repositories:

deb unstable main contrib non-free
deb-src unstable main contrib non-free

Then, we messed a bit around with which parts of KiCad to upgrade:

apt update
apt show kicad
apt install kicad
apt install --recommended kicad
apt install kicad-packages3d kicad-doc-en kicad-libraries kicad-demos

& after installation of KiCad V5.1 edited /etc/apt/sources.list again to comment out the unstable repositories and enabled the repositories for buster again.

I could have easily done this myself if only I had known this was a “valid” way of doing things without messing up dependancies.

This worked because Buster and unstable hasn’t diverged too much yet. A few months after an official release you wouldn’t be so lucky.

The proper way of doing such things is to install from Backports. If there is no publicly available backport, consider doing it yourself.

Or switch to ubuntu and install from PPA.

On February 7th, I installed kicad 5.0.2 on Debian Stretch on Feb. 7th. Read my story here, where Rene_Poschl, tijuca and paulvdh helped point me in the right direction for downloading this stable version from debian backports.

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