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?


What is the difference between footprints and symbols?

How to assign a footprint to a symbol

Creating a new footprint library

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

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?

pcb_new and footprint editor

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?

What do the electrical types for symbol pins mean?

Carrying BUS connections to new sheets


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

General guidelines

Guidelines for good schematics

Panalization of Gerber files


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