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Keep in mind that binary packages provided by your distribution might be out of date.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

Debian builds are hosted by packagecloud.

First, follow the instructions to add the repository. When done, you can install it using apt:

sudo apt-get install horizon-eda-upstream

Arch Linux

For Arch Linux, there’s an AUR package.


Horizon EDA is packaged for NixOS.

nix-env -iA horizon-eda


Horizon EDA is available in the FreeBSD ports.

sudo pkg install horizon-eda

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.


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

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