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This topic is an index to answers for frequently asked questions about KiCad. General topics How can I help improve KiCad? I think I found a bug? Now what? Where is the official documentation? Cheat sheet Is it a g…

4 May 10, 2019
About the FAQ category 1 November 21, 2017
How does solder mask layer work? 1 September 4, 2019
How can I help improve KiCad? 1 February 14, 2019
FAQ renaming a project 6 December 8, 2019
How to get a downloaded symbol, footprint or full library into KiCad version 5? 1 October 21, 2019
Electrical type of schematic symbol pins 1 January 27, 2018
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
Library management in KiCad version 5 1 January 11, 2019
How to create a power plane (using zones) 2 October 11, 2019
PCB: Cleanup Tracks and Vias 1 October 1, 2019
Hierarchical or flat schematic design, what is best for me? (How to deal with multi page schematics?) 1 April 20, 2019
What is the difference between step and wrl 3d models? 1 June 2, 2019
How can i assign a footprint to a symbol? 1 December 17, 2017
Tutorial: How to make a footprint (From scratch)? 5 January 11, 2019
How to check footprint correctness? 1 January 14, 2018
Learning Kicad - unofficial learning resources 1 August 2, 2019
Tooltips show white text on white background 3 August 2, 2019
How to connect a wire to the PCB? 1 July 29, 2019
What is the meaning of the layers in pcb_new and in the footprint editor? 1 February 20, 2018
Running several KiCad versions on the same Windows machine 2 July 11, 2019
Where are the configuration files (settings, library tables)? 1 June 22, 2019
Is it a good idea to use a nightly build version? 1 January 16, 2018
Converting KiCad version 4 projects to version 5 (Remap a project) 1 November 21, 2018
Creating a new footprint library 1 December 31, 2017
Creating a new symbol library and a new symbol in KiCad 5 1 October 29, 2018
How to create a bill of materials (BOM)? 1 September 1, 2018
Tutorial: How to make a symbol 5 October 31, 2018