KiCad 5.0.2 Released

KiCad 5.0.2 has been released. Please see the release announcement on the KiCad blog for more information. The installers for most platforms should be available now or in the very near future. Many thanks to everyone who made this release possible and our user community for your continued support.


@stambaughw Thank you for your (apparently) tireless effort shepherding this project through it’s various milestones. (I’m reminded of the MythBusters episode where they actually tried to herd cats.) :wink:

@all It will take some time for all the various releases to appear. I just checked the downloads pages and so far (as of 2018-12-10T15:56Z) only the Fedora download page recognizes 5.0.2. How about a group effort to chime in on this thread when your OS of choice is available so we all know without having to individually monitor the download pages.

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Ubuntu PPA had 5.0.2 ~ten days ago.

That was before we tagged the libs. So ubuntu might have been a bit too early here. (I tagged it 6 days ago according to github)
Do they provide libs for 5.0.2? We might want to use a diff tool to check if they are correct.

with “apt list” it looks like ‘kicad’ was tagged 2018-11-28 and footprints/symbols on 2018-12-07

kicad/xenial,now 5.0.2-stable-201811280958+bee76a0~70~ubuntu16.04.1 amd64 [installed]
kicad-libraries/xenial,xenial,now 5.0.2-stable-201812071405+7~ubuntu16.04.1 all [installed,automatic]
kicad-footprints/xenial,xenial,now 5.0.2-stable-201812071423+5bf695a~9~ubuntu16.04.1 all [installed,automatic]
kicad-symbols/xenial,xenial,now 5.0.2-stable-201812071435+84cd7f9~6~ubuntu16.04.1 all [installed,automatic]kicad-templates/xenial,xenial,now 5.0.2-stable-201812071430+31b13f2~8~ubuntu16.04.1 all [installed,automatic]
cad-packages3d/xenial,xenial,now 5.0.2-stable-201812071618+c24f4c5~7~ubuntu16.04.1 all [installed,automatic]

From this page:

The file format is tar.xz and the following instruction fails. I think tar does unzipping automatically now and the -z option always seems to fail for me.

tar -xzf kicad_src_archive.tar.gz

Replace -xzf with -xJf and should work

The ‘z’ specifies gzip, so it doesn’t work with xz files. You can use ‘J’ to specify xz or ‘a’ to automatically guess based on the extension.

Sorry, but I guess my intention wasn’t clear. This was meant as a heads up that the page needed to be updated so that command matches the current file format. I’m not sure who does that kinda thing.

Thanks. We’ll get that updated.

Why is the version information giving me version 4? This has spice enabled so it can’t be V4. Spice seems to crash it though but I’ll look into that a bit later. I just downloaded and compiled this a little while ago.

kicad-5.0.2 kicad-5.0.2.tar.xz
hermit@kicad_V5_0_2:which kicad
hermit@kicad_V5_0_2:ls -l /usr/local/bin/kicad
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root staff 1678904 Dec 10 13:39 /usr/local/bin/kicad
hermit@kicad_V5_0_2:/usr/local/bin/kicad &
[1] 31805

Application: kicad
Version: (4.0.0-rc2-2943-g3d1569081), release build
wxWidgets 3.0.2
libcurl/7.52.1 OpenSSL/1.0.2l zlib/1.2.8 libidn2/0.16 libpsl/0.17.0 (+libidn2/0.16) libssh2/1.7.0 nghttp2/1.18.1 librtmp/2.3
Platform: Linux 4.9.0-8-amd64 x86_64, 64 bit, Little endian, wxGTK
Build Info:
wxWidgets: 3.0.2 (wchar_t,wx containers,compatible with 2.8) GTK+ 2.24
Boost: 1.62.0
OpenCASCADE Community Edition: 6.8.0
Curl: 7.52.1
Compiler: GCC 6.3.0 with C++ ABI 1010

Build settings:

The main download page still shows 5.0.2 for Windows as delayed.
Going into the “Previous Releases”, I find 5.0.2-1 executable packages for 32 and 64 bit. Are these the official Windows release?

I just now checked the download page, and it now links to the 5.0.2_1 packages. Maybe someone hadn’t updated the web page until you prodded them?


The i686 vesion for windows 32bit system always broken.

How is it broken? Have you raised a bug report?

I am sure @davidsrsb meant a text bug report in English, including the Windows version you are running.

It probably can’t find some dll (dynamically linked library) file which belongs to Windows or to other external library, not to KiCad. You can use the tool to find out what exactly KiCad needs. If that library can be found in binary form to download, you can try adding it to the KiCad folder where the other dll’s are.

This may be a defect in your system, but it’s also possible that this file should be added to KiCad installer package.

WS_32.DLL was a popular missing DLL, so it might be that

That’s great news and I expect it will reduce Forum traffic related to bugs and shortcomings in 5.0.0 that have already been fixed.

Is 5.0.2 expected to stand as “the most current” release for an extended time, or is 5.1.0 still likely in the next month or two? See " 5.1 "


From the dev mailing list messages I understood that 5.1 is in feature freeze, only bugs will be fixed, no new features, and there have been no mention about possible 5.0.3. Personally I hope critical bugs will be fixed in 5.0 series, although I use nightly builds ATM.