Download Footprints?

Using Kicad 5
CvPCB downloads the footprints every time I open it.

How do I tell Kicad to download footprints to my PC?

If you run kicad version 5 then kicad should not do this any longer. If it still does than you have a wonky library setup. Read this for more details: I had KiCad 4 installed previosly. Now i updated to v5. Now i have some problems with the library setup

If you run version 4 then yes the default installation will use the github plugin for the libraries. The dangers of using it are now gone (as the libs are no longer updated on github you can not get in trouble by getting new footprints in the middle of a project)
However so are the benefits (You will download the same version of the libs every time now.)

Read this post to learn about your options: How can i install a specific version of the footprint library?

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