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How to Install Kicad on Linux Mint 21

Looking for a software that can create PCB designs along with electronic circuit simulation for Linux Mint 21, try KiCad. This software is a free tool that can create 3D designs, PCB layouts and circuit simulations as it comes with several libraries and functions. So, if you are looking to install KiCad software on Linux Mint 21 then give this guide a thorough read.

Installing KiCad an Electronics Design Suite on Linux Mint 21

There are primarily two ways to install this suite on Linux Mint and those are:

Installing KiCad Using Default Package Manager

If you are good at using terminal commands then this method be a lot easier for you to follow, just go through the subsequent steps:

Step 1: Update the packages list first to keep the installation process error free using:

$ sudo apt update

Step 2: Now install the KiCad software using the apt package manager with -y flag to authorize the installation:

$ sudo apt install kicad -y

After the successful installation is done run the software either by using:

$ kicad

Or by searching KiCad in the Linux Mint menu:

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Installing KiCad Using Linux Mint Software Manager

If you are not a fan of using Linux Mint terminal or are not good with using command then this method will be best as it is quite easy way to install KiCad; just follow the steps given below to install KiCad using the Software Manager:

Step 1: Open the Software Manager by searching it in the menu of Linux Mint 21:

Next, type KiCad in the search bar of the Software Manager and click on the option having KiCad logo:

After that click on the Install button to install it on your Linux Mint 21:

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Next, click on the Launch button to open the KiCad software:

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KiCad is a free electronics design suite that can be used to create PCB designs, layouts, and circuit simulations as this suite comes with several applications. There are two ways to install KiCad in Linux Mint 21 one is by using its default repository and the other is by using its Software Manager; both methods are explained in this guide.

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Aaliyan Javaid

I am an electrical engineer and a technical blogger. My keen interest in embedded systems has led me to write and share my knowledge about them.