FAQ Index Thread


General topics

I think I found a bug? Now what?

Where is the official documentation?

Cheat sheet

Is it a good idea to use a nightly build version?

Is there a ‘quick start’ Youtube video I can check out?

Where are the 3rd party plugins?


How can i install a specific version of the footprint library?

What is the difference between footprints and symbols?

How to assign a footprint to a symbol

Creating a new footprint library

How can i make a footprint (from scratch)?

How do i know a footprint fits my part?

How do I start with 3D modeling and what is this STEPUP I keep reading about on the forum?


What is the difference between opengl and other canvases?

Why does my zone not fill?

What is the meaning of the layers in pcb_new and the footprint editor

How do I get started doing my own scripts in pcbnew?
[and here] [and here]

How do I ‘panalize’ in Kicad?
[more] [Using mouse bites]

3d viewer

Why are through holes covered with copper in the 3d viewer?

EESchema and symbol editor

IMPORTANT: Symbol Library Table Merged into Development Branch

Why does the ERC give a ‘pin not driven’ error?
Error Type 3 - Pin connected to some other pins but no pin to drive it.

What do the electrical types for symbol pins mean?

Carrying BUS connections to new sheets


Tutorial for getting started with ngspice in Kicad Eeschema.
Tutorial discussion thread

Ngspice does not behave the way I expect. Now what?

Adding a spice model to a symbol (Example for a transistor)

General guidelines

Guidelines for good schematics

Panalization of Gerber files


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