Ubuntu – Downloading and Installing Latest Version of KILE


In the TeX – LaTeX group of Stack Exchange, I posed a question about the versions of TeXLive under Ubuntu. As I have installed the latest version of TeXLive under Ubuntu, I want to be able to use it when running an integrated development environment like KILE. Though a solution (and fix) was presented on the KILE Support Discussion Group, it involves downloading, compiling and installing the latest version of KILE.

In order to compile KILE, I need:

  1. KDE Libraries 4.2 or better
  2. Qt 4.5 or better
  3. Cmake 2.6.2 or better
  4. A recent C++ compile, for example GCC 4.4

My problem is that I can't determine what version of the KDE libraries or Qt I have installed on my system. Note that I am running Ubuntu Version 11.04.

My question, however, is whether or not the latest version of KILE (Version 2.1) will be included in the next release of Ubuntu (i.e. Version 11.10). If so, I could save myself the effort and grief of compiling and installing KILE. If not, will my installing the latest version affect the Synaptic Package Manager's ability of applying any future releases/updates to KILE?

Any help/suggestions would be appreciated.

Best Answer

According to the source page for kile, 11.04 shipped with 1:2.1.0~svn1112278beta4-2ubuntu2, and 1:2.1.0~svn2010122beta5-1ubuntu1~natty1 is available as a backport.

11.10 already appears to have 2.1.0 final.

This fellow appears to have a PPA of Kile 2.1 so that you don't have to compile it yourself:


You can find information on how to add and use PPAs here:

Here's a command line snippet on how to use it:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kile/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Will upgrade your kile to that version (2.1). Ubuntu automatically disables PPAs the next time you upgrade your OS and usually you'll just pick up the newest version that is available at that time.

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