have been using KiCad 5 for quite some time, now started using KiCad 6.0.6.
Quite confident so far, there is just one thing, that drives me nuts, since it doesn’t seem to work.
How to add a new or existing footprint library ??
For existing I go to the footprint editor, go Preferences>Manage Footprint Libraries.
Use the small folder icon down below, to add a new line on global tab, in standard kicad_mod format.
Works so far, line and path comes up, tick for ‘active’ is there.
→ Doesn’t show up on the library tree.
Even when I do File>New Library and follow the assistant, it will also be in the list under Manage Footprint Libraries, but it will not show up on the library tree.
What am I missing here ??
I am basically stuck not being able to create footprints, since all existing standard libraries are read-only.
Thanks for your reply.
I think I am getting to the core problem here now.
Did the same, what you supposed, with a project library. New lib ki6_project inserted.
[see pictures below]
Did the same steps for ki6_global, making it a global library:
[see pictures below]
The entries for the paths seem okay, from what I can tell from my experience.
This is the result:
I did not try ‘project’ before.
So while adding project-type libraries seems to work, global-type doesn’t seem to work.
I am at least able to work now let’s say, but I don’t want to organize my libraries project-wise.
And also I would like to not have to add them for every project again as a project-type.
Sorry, reread your post. I missed the above comment.
Preferences>Manage footprint libraries>Global, then
Click the + symbol to add a new line
Click the empty rectangle in the Library Path column
Click the little black folder that now appears in that rectangle
Navigate to your library you wish to add
Give it a nickname. NOTE the nickname will determine where the library is situated in the Footprint Browser Global List. If you wish it to be at the top of the list, prefix the nickname with a number less than 4.
Concerning where the files are: The folders sit right to each other.
If interested in path, you can see it in my screenshots above.
And in fact these are currently empty folders, waiting for footprints to be created.
I feel the folder icon below the list and your workflow are supposed to be the same, but to be dead sure, I step-wise recreated what you have written. It doesn’t work for global, whatever I try. They just will not show up.