Post-v7 new features and development news

Thread to capture feature development from the KiCad development team

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There’s a lot to unpack here:

  1. Standard KiCad look & feel (including menus)
  2. Direct access to signals, signal colours and cursors
  3. Power plotting
  4. Differential cursor
  5. Cursor value formatting (significant digits and range)
  6. Direct editing of cursor X value
  7. Toolbar access to zooming and netlist
  8. Improved cursor graphics (including following the signal colour)
  9. Measurements (many available via right-click on signal in Signals list)
  10. Direct editing of (some) more advanced measurements
  11. Colours, formats, etc. saved in workbook
  12. Auto-loading of workbook (without running sim)

Operating point information in your schematic (after running an .OP simulation):


Properties panel in the footprint editor


Editable Power Symbols:
Just change the text to change the value.



A new GUI BOM exporter is now available via the upgraded symbol fields table:

Fields can now be ordered and labelled for output. User configuration of the columns, labels, and groupings can be saved as presets for viewing/editing/exporting.

A new tab has been added to export the configured view. Users can configure the export format and save presets. Built-ins include CSV, TSV, and Semicolons.

The command line tool has been upgraded to support export of the BOM from the CLI:

Usage: bom [-h] [--output VAR] [--fields VAR] [--labels VAR] [--group-by VAR] [--sort-field VAR] [--sort-asc] [--filter VAR] [--group] [--exclude-dnp] [--field-delimiter VAR] [--string-delimiter VAR] [--ref-delimiter VAR] [--ref-range-delimiter VAR] [--keep-tabs] [--keep-line-breaks] input

Positional arguments:
  input                 Input file 

Optional arguments:
  -h, --help            shows help message and exits 
  -o, --output          Output file name [default: ""]
  --fields              --fields [default: "Reference,Value,Footprint,Quantity"]
  --labels              An ordered list of labels to apply the exported fields. [default: "Refs,Value,Footprint,Qty"]
  --group-by            Fields to group references by when field values match. [default: "Value,Footprint"]
  --sort-field          Field name to sort by. [default: "Reference"]
  --sort-asc            Sort ascending (true) or descending (false). 
  --filter              Filter string to remove output lines. [default: ""]
  --group               Enable grouping of references with matching group-by fields. 
  --exclude-dnp         Exclude symbols marked Do-Not-Populate. 
  --field-delimiter     Separator between output fields/columns. [default: ","]
  --string-delimiter    Character to surround fields with. [default: """]
  --ref-delimiter       Character to place between individual references. [default: ","]
  --ref-range-delimiter Character to place in ranges of references. Leave blank for no ranges. [default: "-"]
  --keep-tabs           Keep tab characters from input fields. Stripped by default. 
  --keep-line-breaks    Keep line break characters from input fields. Stripped by default. 

The settings format and CLI options are not fixed at this time as some functionality may be added or changed before 8.0 is released. A planned improvement is more advanced handling of symbol properties like Do Not Populate such as grouping-by and outputting the value of this property.

The symbol fields table editor has received many updates and bugfixes along the way. Field re-ordering is now upgraded such that copy and paste from a spreadsheet to and from the table with reordered columns now works as expected. The dialog now remembers how the user last configured it. Newlines are now stripped when pasted into a single cell.


Import LTSpice .asc files.

(Thanks to Chetan Shinde for the prototype!)


Native ARM64 Windows builds are now available for nightlies

They’ll appear at the same time as x86_64 builds.

Python plugins may not all work because some of them may depend on compiled python packages that are incompatible with arm64 windows


The schematic editor now has a Search panel like the PCB Editor


Native CADSTAR libraries support (after conversion to ASCII format):

Footprint libraries in the CADSTAR PCB archive file (*.cpa) can be added directly as an entry to the footprint library tables:

Parts libraries (*.lib) and its associated CADSTAR symbol archive file (*.csa) can be added directly as an entry to the symbol library table.

For now, the *.csa file is configured as an “option” of the library entry and if not configured, is default to searching the file “symbol.csa” in the same folder. There is a second option that allows the user to specify which footprint library name (that has been previously defined in the footprint library table) will be used.

Note that in CADSTAR usually a library will be configured with associated pcb.lib and symbol.lib files. These files are binary format and must first be converted to and symbol.csa respectively before they can be used with KiCad.

To display the options dialog, right click on a library entry and choose “Edit options…”. There you can add the configuration options: