So you wanna give horizon a test drive? Great! Here’s how.

Stable release

A known-good snapshot from ongoing development.


Download and run the MSI installer from GitHub releases.


Keep in mind that binary packages provided by your distribution might be out of date.


Get the latest stable release from Flathub.

Debian, Ubuntu

Add bintray’s key to the apt keyring:

curl | sudo apt-key add -

Add one of these lines to /etc/apt/sources.list:

# Debian Buster
deb horizon-eda-buster main

# Ubuntu Bionic (18.04)
deb horizon-eda-bionic main

# Ubuntu Focal (20.04)
deb horizon-eda-focal main

Update the apt cache:

sudo apt-get update

Install it:

# Debian Buster
sudo apt-get install -t horizon-eda-buster horizon-eda

# Ubuntu Bionic (18.04)
sudo apt-get install -t horizon-eda-bionic horizon-eda

# Ubuntu Focal (20.04)
sudo apt-get install -t horizon-eda-focal horizon-eda

These packages are built from the horizon-deb repo and are published on bintray.

Arch Linux

For Arch Linux, there’s an AUR package.

Build from source

If you want to compile it yourself, download the source tarball from GitHub releases and follow the instructions in Building on Linux.

Development version

Usually works, but might break occasionally, so use at your own risk. Recommended if you want to get the latest in features and bug fixes.


Grab the latest build from AppVeyor CI and unzip it somewhere. Note that these are 64bit binaries. In case a build is still running or someone broke the build, you can download past builds from the build history (click on artifacts to get the zip)


Clone the repository and see Building on Linux for instructions on how to build horizon on linux.

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