Downloading KVIrcs nightly source or binaries

un1versal edited this page Oct 5, 2016 · 3 revisions


The current stable release 4.2.0 is now too old and buggy, every other day we redirect users to this page manually.

Our current Git builds are reliable enough for general everyday consumption, so why not consider our nightlies for the time being instead of the very old, buggy stable?

:bulb: Always make a backup of your current KVIrc configuration before proceeding with any major upgrades.

None of the builds are ever going to be bug free, but while the next 5.x is still being worked on, you can also help us find those bugs and report them and so help us make a better quality release.

We realize some of you feel somewhat frustrated (as are we) and wonder why we dont push a stable release out now.
Part of answer is simple. KVIrc is an open source project, so it depends on peoples varied skills, free time interest and goodwill to help fix bugs add features and do general project related tasks for what is a largely thankless & unpaid job.
Together this effort can get the next release on its way sooner rather than later.

Consider donating your skills / time and expertise to help KVIrc project improve.

Thank you for reading and enjoy the latest source code and binary builds we have available for you below.

Source downloads (Master)

Via Git

$ git clone

Via tarball

$ wget

Pre-compiled nightly 32-bit or 64-bit binaries for:

OS Details Cycle
img-windows Nightly
img-apple Nightly
img-ubuntu KVIrc Official ppa Nightly
img-debian deb jessie main Nightly
img-debian deb stretch main Nightly
img-debian deb sid main Nightly
Ubuntu instructions

:mans_shoe: Add the ppa to your system update and install.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kvirc/kvirc
$ apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install kvirc

Note: ppa provides nightly builds for 14.04LTS, 15.10 and 16.04LTS for Ubuntu and variants.
Other earlier or newer versions requires manual compilation for nightly source at this time.

Debian instructions:

:mans_shoe: Edit your /etc/apt/sources.list

$ sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list

:mans_shoe: Add the link above for your current release e.g.

deb codename main

:mans_shoe: Save and close sources.list and run the following commands:

$ wget -O - | apt-key add -
$ apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install kvirc
Compiling: notes and information

If your preferred OS is not listed above, refer to the Linux INSTALL or OS X INSTALL files for compilations instructions.

Alternatively if you are familiar with source code packaging and providing / maintaining repositories for your preferred distro(s), you could instead help us extend the availability list above.

Chat with us in IRC #KVIrc on

Special thanks to:

d00p, AlexanderP and staticfox for providing the facilities and skills to help spread KVIrc to the masses.
Also an ongoing warm thank you to all that contribute to make KVIrc better.