KiCad for RHEL / CentOS?


Is KiCad available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) or CentOS? I was very surprised not to see RHEL/CentOS listed among the supported Linux distros on the Download page, especially since that’s what’s used at CERN. What gives?


Well at least the nightly builds are available for centos.


How about the current stable release?


apart trying to build it from source (@ajo would help you), I think it should be possible to try the snap build in centos


Oh, interesting. Thanks! I wasn’t familiar with “snap”. Reading about it, it sounds like a great thing for the Linux ecosystem as a whole if it delivers on its promise. Looks like snap is not available on CentOS quite yet, but is in the works and hopefully will be available soon.


Same problem here. Using CENTOS7.
Is there any way around build from source? I really don’t want to build WxWidgets 3x (can it break dependencies in my setup? I don’t know)

Any help will be welcome!


if you cannot wait for Snap in Centos, you can try and get some details here

This is a nightly built repository for KiCad with wxPython and wxGTK3(gtk2 based) and python scripting enabled.
wxGTK3 warning:
If you have other applications installing wxGTK3 you may need to
uninstall the other wxGTK3, because they will be conflicting. We cannot
use the compat layer from fedora for wxGTK3-gtk2 because it does not
provide wxPython support.
EL7 warning:
Please note that we’re upgrading boost, cmake and swig for el7 systems to more up to date versions.

Active Releases

The following unofficial repositories are provided as-is by owner of this project. Contact the owner directly for bugs or issues (IE: not bugzilla).
Release Architectures Repo Download
Epel for CentOS 7 x86_64 (2)*


Check out my AppImage for Linux:


I was successfully able to install KiCad on CentOS 6 using the following instructions:

  1. Download wxWidgets
$ cd ~
$ curl -O -L
$ tar -xvjf wxWidgets-3.0.3.tar.bz2

Now, to build:

$ cd wxWidgets-3.0.3
$ mkdir buildgtk
$ cd buildgtk
$ ../configure --with-gtk
$ make

Now, install some other dependencies

$ sudo yum install cmake boost boost-devel zlib zlib-devel cairo glew libcurl libcurl-devel

Now, install glm:

$ cd ~/
$ git clone
$ cd glm
$ git checkout
$ cmake .
$ make
$ sudo make install

Now, we download KiCad:

$ cd ~/
$ git clone
$ cd kicad-source-mirror
$ mkdir build
$ cd build
$ cmake ../ -DwxWidgets_CONFIG_EXECUTABLE=$HOME/wxWidgets-3.0.3/buildgtk/wx-config
$ make
$ sudo make install

Then you should be able to run kicad if you update your LD_LIBRARY_PATH:

$ export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=~/wxWidgets-3.0.3/buildgtk/lib:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH
$ kicad