New Ubuntu PPA Home Announcement

Hi All-

Thanks to the hard work of @jsreynaud, we have a new “official” home for the KiCad Ubuntu releases. The PPA for both 5.1.x stable releases and KiCad nightly builds is

Please see for full details.

Existing PPA links should work for the time being but all users are encouraged to migrate to the new repository going forward.

If you encounter issues with the packaging, please report them here:


Cool! Will 5.1 daily be set up there as well? :slight_smile:

Eventually, yes. Not yet.

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Application: Eeschema
Version: 5.1.5+dfsg1-2build2, release build
wxWidgets 3.0.4
libcurl/7.68.0 OpenSSL/1.1.1f zlib/1.2.11 brotli/1.0.7 libidn2/2.2.0 libpsl/0.21.0 (+libidn2/2.2.0) libssh/0.9.3/openssl/zlib nghttp2/1.40.0 librtmp/2.3
Platform: Linux 5.4.0-42-generic x86_64, 64 bit, Little endian, wxGTK
Build Info:
wxWidgets: 3.0.4 (wchar_t,wx containers,compatible with 2.8) GTK+ 3.24
Boost: 1.71.0
OpenCASCADE Technology: 7.3.0
Curl: 7.68.0
Compiler: GCC 9.3.0 with C++ ABI 1013

Build settings:
Hi, last week did a clean install of 20.04 MATE and installed Kicad using Synaptic. Don’t believe Kicad install was from a PPA.
Went well just had to add my custom library and use my back up colors.
Thus question is do you still recommend adding the PPA? Picture is capture of Synaptic.

Thank you in advance.

The PPA is the official distribution for the KiCad project. Linux distros often package their own versions. If you encounter a bug, we will ask you to upgrade to the most recent version (5.1.6) before we can determine your bug report is valid. If 5.1.6 is not available from your distribution, you will need to use the PPA.

Thank you for the clarification. Generated another question.
If I add the repository will I need to uninstall my existing version first or add the PPA and then just check for update? I do know how to add the PPA just little fuzzy on that detail.

I just added the new repo, removed the old and checked for the updates.

Previous version was automatically upgraded:

Unpacking kicad (5.1.6-202007171535+c6e7f7d~87~ubuntu20.04.1) over (5.1.6-202007100904+c6e7f7d~87~ubuntu20.04.1)

Worked here, I didn’t have PPA, just added new repo and from GUI checked for updates. Showed 438mb. Kicad update. Seemed flawless, taskbar icons work, and quick check of a couple of files also worked fine. Love the program, started with ver 5 and redid my existing dwgs and custom library to learn the program.
Had about 350 symbols and in another post Rene gave suggestion which helped and now have over 700 symbols. Use the program for illustrative
drawings which is a fraction of it’s capability.

Thanks again to all in the community.


ATM installation doesn’t succeed for Bionic (18.04). There are other packages but not ‘kicad’ (the application itself).

Please report any issues with the Ubuntu packaging here:

Hi there !
As of today, I run kicad and kicad-nigthly from older PPA.
Since ppa:kicad/kicad-dev-nightly don’t seems to provide the kicad-nigthly packet (but provide kicad) and ppa:kicad/kicad-5.1-releases doesn’t provide any nigthly (which is to be expected), is it safe to use kicad-nigthly without wiping release builds from my computer ?

It’s reported here:

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