KiCad Linux Install script


Has anyone else here faced problems updating KiCad using the Linux install script recently ? I know it worked earlier for me as that’s how I installed it on my machine running Ubuntu 13.10.

Two problems :

  1. The script now seems to be downloading kicad.bzr in the ~/kicad_sources/ folder, but looking for this folder in the root home folder during installation.
    The kicad-lib.bzr and kicad-doc.bzr are both nested correctly under ~/kicad_sources/

  2. The script fails at Step 6 with the following error :

common.copy /home/anool/kicad.bzr/boost_root/lib/libboost_regex.a
…updated 10898 targets…
[ 39%] No install step for ‘boost’
[ 39%] Completed ‘boost’
[ 39%] Built target boost
make: *** [all] Error 2

Any ideas ? My Linux-fu is not too strong, so any help is appreciated.



There were important changes and bug fixes made to make script recently, I believe your problem may be related to this.


Last week I did a fresh install of Ubuntu 14.10 on a formatted disk, and still had the script fail as it could not detect wxwidgets 3.0 (although a check confirmed that I had it already installed). As I needed it to be up and running as soon as I could manage, I instead tried the manual install instructions at this link:
and that worked fine - resulting in ver 5256 being installed.

I tried again today, and it still failed at step 6, but with a different error:

step 6) compiling source code…
CMake Error at CMakeLists.txt:403 (include):
include called with wrong number of arguments. Include only takes one

– Check for installed OpenGL – found
– Found Glew: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/
– Check for installed GLEW – found
– Check for installed Cairo – found
– Bazaar version control system version found.
– Kicad Bazaar build version: (2014-11-14 BZR 5284)
– Configuring incomplete, errors occurred!
See also “/home/anool/kicad_sources/kicad.bzr/build/CMakeFiles/CMakeOutput.log”.
Makefile:792: recipe for target ‘cmake_check_build_system’ failed
make: *** [cmake_check_build_system] Error 1

I can post the contents of the CMakeOutput.log if someone wants to take a stab at figuring out the error.


If you are just looking to get recent build installed on Ubuntu then you can use


Here is my build scripts to build and generate debian packages from Kicad source:

This layout is specifically designed to ensure building Kicad from a specific commit in order to make all team members run exactly the same version of Kicad, thus allowing all members exchange their projects coherently.