Sept. 20, 2018
Greetings to all and thanks for your excellent work developing Kicad!
Last night I upgraded kicad from 4.0.7 by doing this:
# apt-get dist-upgrade kicad
That installed kicad 5.0 !
So I copied this file my_2018_kicad_log.txt from ~/kicad4/ to ~/kicad5/
Then I moved all my URL.txt* files from ~/kicad4/ to ~/kicad5/
Here is my version information:
Version: 5.0.0+dfsg1-2~bpo9+1, release build
libcurl/7.52.1 OpenSSL/1.0.2l zlib/1.2.8 libidn2/2.0.4 libpsl/0.17.0 (+libidn2/0.16) libssh2/1.7.0 nghttp2/1.18.1 librtmp/2.3
Platform: Linux 4.17.0-0.bpo.3-amd64 x86_64, 64 bit, Little endian, wxGTK
wxWidgets: 3.0.2 (wchar_t,wx containers,compatible with 2.8) GTK+ 2.24
OpenCASCADE Community Edition: 6.8.0
Compiler: GCC 6.3.0 with C++ ABI 1010
Here is my OS information:
It is called Neptune 5.3 – a debian stretch stable distribution.
The following words are from KInfoCenter - Info Center:
KDE Plasma Version 5.12.5
KDE Frameworks Version 5.46.0
Qt Version 5.7.1
Kernel Version 4.16.0-0bpo1-amd64
OS Type 64-bit
Processors: 4-AMDAB-5600K APU with Radeon™ HD Graphics
Memory: 6.9GiBN of RAM
Swap: 3.5 GiB of Swap
OpenGL Renderer: AMD ARUBA (DRM 2.5.0/4.16.0-0.bpo.1-amd64, LLVM 5.0.1)
Mesa 3D: 17.3.9
OS Type: 64-bit
OS Version: Neptune5
And the beat goes on…
I opened my old project
and clicked on yes to update all the library parts to the new names
While watching Drew’s instructions for the 5.0 library changes at
I generated a report file and saved it to
This file contains basenames of parts where library files exist that
should be copied in case you want to save the entire project in one place.
At least that is what I understand.
The Good News:
When I opened the old project w/ eeschema and again w/ pcbnew, I
saw the exact same two-dimensional circuit that I saw in kicad 4.0.7.
I just had to click to transfer the old footprint files to the new
corresponding footprint files, which I am guessing kicad 5.0 down-
loaded from the web?
Once done, the pcb looked exactly as it had when I created it in
pcbnew 4.0.7. YAHOO!!!
You did a good job keeping kicad 5.0 backward-compatible. It was
simple enough that even I could do it. Thank you for your good work.
The Bad News:
When I tried the 3D-viewer, via View…3D-viewer, I saw a purple
PCB with the white silkscreen for the parts and the holes for the
parts (this is a through-hole only PCB) with red keep-away rings
However, no components appeared.
When I looked at the bottom side of the PCB, I saw a yellow board
with even yellower traces and light-green rings/squares (for copper)
around the holes.
So what do I need to do to download/create/ or whatever the 3D infor-
mation for the components that pcbnew 4.0.7 displayed ?
I already read Arjun’s post at:
3D models not showing
However, I did not look at ~/.config/kicad because I did not save a
copy before overwriting kicad 4.0.7 w/ kicad 5.0, so I did not have
the ability to view/modify/edit “any remaining file from the KiCad 4 installation”.
Or am I wrong – am I safe to assume that anyfile stamped w/ Sept. 20th
was from 4.0.7 and any file newer than Sept. 19th is from 5.0.0 ?
If that were the case, then could I simply remove any files older
than Sept. 20th ?
I am a newbie and want to do avoid doing anything dumb. That is why I
am seeking help.
Please correct me if I am wrong.
Posted Sept. 25, 2018