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This topic is an index to answers for frequently asked questions about KiCad. General tutorials Where is the official documentation? Tutorial: Introduction to PCB design with KiCad version 5.1 (Getting Started) Is the…

4 May 10, 2019
About the FAQ category 1 November 21, 2017
How to connect a wire to the PCB? 1 July 29, 2019
What are the cache and rescue libs and how does the schematic rescue dialog work? (KiCad version 5.x and earlier) 1 February 8, 2020
How does solder mask layer work? 1 September 4, 2019
What is the difference between step and wrl 3d models? 1 June 2, 2019
I come from Eagle. What should i know about KiCad? 1 April 24, 2020
Off-Board Components in KiCad 5 1 April 14, 2020
Creating a new symbol library and a new symbol in KiCad 5 1 October 29, 2018
Converting KiCad version 4 projects to version 5 (Remap a project) 1 November 21, 2018
How to get a downloaded symbol, footprint or full library into KiCad version 5? 1 October 21, 2019
How to create a bill of materials (BOM)? 1 September 1, 2018
Tutorial: Introduction to PCB design with KiCad version 5.1 (Getting Started) 7 January 26, 2020
Project and libary setup for sharing and collaboration 4 March 28, 2020
Library management in KiCad version 5 1 January 11, 2019
How to create a power plane (using zones) 2 October 11, 2019
Update PCB from Schematic's match methods 1 March 9, 2020
Electrical type of schematic symbol pins 1 January 27, 2018
Tutorial: How to check footprint correctness? 2 February 22, 2020
Hierarchical or flat schematic design, what is best for me? (How to deal with multi page schematics?) 1 April 20, 2019
What is the meaning of the layers in pcb_new and in the footprint editor? 1 February 20, 2018
Creating a new footprint library 3 January 12, 2020
RF Designing Tips 1 January 6, 2020
Tutorial: How to make a footprint (From scratch)? 5 January 11, 2019
How can I help improve KiCad? 1 February 14, 2019
FAQ renaming a project 6 December 8, 2019
How does KiCad know which symbol pin represents which pad of the footprint? 1 August 3, 2018
I had KiCad 4 installed previosly. Now i updated to v5. Now i have some problems with the library setup 1 August 6, 2018
Can I export or convert a KiCad project to another EDA format (Altium, Mentor, Zuken, OrCAD etc.)? 1 October 30, 2019
PCB: Cleanup Tracks and Vias 2 December 30, 2019