KiCAD added to experimental

The very interesting KiCAD project is one of my long time TODO topics. Now I've checked the more ore less official Ubuntu PPA and the packages there are "compatible" with Debian Jessie...

I've used the Ubuntu sources of the KiCAD package and rebuilt it for Debian Jessie. After a long, long build, I've got the binaries. The installation is OK and the tools are starting. I've opened a sample project and it works. Since I'm a totally KiCAD newbie, I've not done further testing.

In the next days, I will package and upload kicad-libraries and kicad-docs too.

kicad 4.0.1-3.201512221402+6198~38~jdesch+1

KiCAD is a suite of programs for the creation of printed circuit boards. It includes a schematic editor, a PCB layout tool, support tools and a 3D viewer to display a finished & fully populated PCB.

KiCAD is made up of 5 main components:

  • kicad - project manager
  • eeschema - schematic editor
  • pcbnew - PCB editor
  • gerbview - GERBER viewer
  • cvpcb - footprint selector for components


  • Both eeschema and pcbnew have library managers and editors for their components and footprints
  • You can easily create, edit, delete and exchange library items
  • Documentation files can be associated with components, footprints and key words, allowing a fast search by function
  • Very large libraries are available for schematic components and footprints
  • Most components have corresponding 3D models

kicad-demo 4.0.1-3.201512221402+6198~38~jdesch+1

This package contains the component libraries and language files for KiCAD.