How to set active LOCAL library in footprint editor


#1

I’m a newbee user of Kicad version 4.0.6

I need to create new footprint library elements, this is in itself no problem.

The problem is that I can’t set an “active library” to store the newly created footprint. I think the first problem is that I have to create an local footprint library.

In Preferences/Footprint Library Manager I see the tab “project specific library” but this is and remains empty.


#2

Do you see/have this button in your KiCAD version (screenshot is from a nightly version)?

or this option in the File menu?


#3

@Joan_Sparky
Yes I have/see both.
But after creating something here, and storing it in a local .pretty , I can’t retrieve it. I learned from other remarks that I better would create an local library and set this to active.


#4

Now you need to append the recently created library to your project.

Preferences -> Footprint library manager


#5

As @pedro says and I wrote here (project specific depicted in image):

If you want to have this new library for all projects you do the same steps, just in the global tab.


#6

The steps “Preferences -> Footprint library manager” worked, and I could retrieve. Thanks.

Why is the “set active library” for local footprints not working ?


#7

I don’t understand that question. What are you trying to do?


#8

The set active library command is only needed in the library editor. For general use, all the libraries into the project are available.


#9

@pedro and Joan
Understood about the availability of the libraries. THANKS

but… In library editor, can you set a local library to active ? I ask this because when I want to create add a second footprint to the library the file is overwritten with the new footprint.


#10

It is not overwritten if you save the footprint with a different name.


#11

Creating a new library takes a roundabout route, but I think you are already past that.
However, once you have created a library, and added an entry for it in the global or project library table, then the process is the same for any library

  1. Open footprint editor
  2. “Select active library” -> choose library
  3. “New footprint” OR “Load footprint from library” to edit an existing one.
  4. edit the footprint
  5. “Save footprint in active library”