This page contains information about how to download and install PCB on your computer.
Currently PCB runs on unix like operating systems such as Linux, NetBSD,
Solaris, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, etc.
In addition PCB will work on a windows computer using
It is also possible to compile PCB using
mingw on windows using the win32/build_pcb.sh
- GUI toolkit. Currently PCB supports either gtk
or lesstif/motif based guis. If you are using
the GTK based gui, you will need gtk-2.4.0 or newer. If you are using the
lesstif based gui you will need lesstif, openmotif, or motif.
- If you wish to export your layout to png, jpeg, or gif formats you will need
the GD library. If you do not have this library you
will need to disable the png HID at configure time.
- GNU m4. In particular your m4 must support -F for frozen files.
- wish (part of tcl/tk). If not installed, set WISH=/bin/false in
your configure environment and you just won't get the graphical
QFP footprint builder
- A suitable make program. GNU make
will work as will the make which comes with NetBSD and some of the other *BSD operating
systems. Other system make programs have not been tested.
- A C compiler. Although most development of PCB is done using
gcc, PCB is known to build with the Sun Studio
Download the Sources -- Snapshot Releases
PCB is distributed in source code format. Periodic snapshot releases are made which help the
average user build and install the software. The latest snapshots may be found on
the PCB file release page.
Tracking the Latest
PCB uses git for source code management. For more information
on the git repository used by PCB see the gEDA scm wiki page
To perform an initial check out of PCB sources via anonymous GIT, run the following:
git clone git://git.geda-project.org/pcb.git
In addition (for those who don't have git), you may obtain the latest sources via anonymous CVS. To perform an initial check out of
PCB sources via anonymous CVS, run the following:
cvs -d :pserver:firstname.lastname@example.org/home/git/pcb.git co master
If you have a checked out source tree from the sourceforge anonymous CVS repository, then you will
need to replace the contents of all the CVS/Root files with :pserver:email@example.com/home/git/pcb.git.
A shell script can automate that procedure.
Users intending to do development work on PCB, and/or submit patches should ideally check out from the git repository.
Those who wish to build from CVS or git sources instead of one of the
snapshots should read the
in the top of the source tree for instructions. Note that for most users, the snapshot releases should