Installing kicad nightly-build on Debian 11

The problem

I needed the latest nightly build version of the Kicad PCB design software to open some design files sent to me. I run Debian 11.

How to install kicad nightly-build on Debian

I got started with the information on this site

Create a .list file in the folder /etc/apt/sources.list.d. e.g. /etc/apt/sources.list.d/kicad-nightly.list.


deb [arch=amd64] bullseye main

If you are not running Debian bullseye, change the 'bullseye' to whichever version of Debian that you are running.

sudo aptitude update

There will be an error, complaining of an unsigned key with a name like e.g. E3CA1A89941C42E6.

Fix this by:

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys [missing key name]

sudo aptitude update

sudo aptitude search kicad

You should find kicad-nightly in the list of available files.

sudo aptitude install kicad-nightly

To run:


Where I went wrong

I tried to install from an Ubuntu PPA site here.

I ended up with unresolved dependencies, which had other dependencies in a never-ending pit of dependencies.