Problem with Cvpcb and installing local footprint libraries


#1

Hello.
I have just installed kicad and am a beginner. Was trying to run the Getting to Blinky project from Contextual Electronics’ Chris. When I clicked on the Cvpcb symbol in the schematic, it took a lifelong to load and issued some error message that I did not note. I further went on trying to install the footprint libraries on my pc using these 22 steps https://github.com/bobc/kicad-doc/wiki/How-to-install-local-Footprint-libraries

After I removed all the libraries in the global libraries list, I continued further to download the libraries from https://github.com/KiCad. But I got a error message which goes as follows:

"Error fetching JSON data from URL
https://api.github.com/users/Kicad/repos?per_page=9&page=1
Reason:‘IO_Error;curl_easy_perform()=7: Couldn’t connect to server from kicad_curl_easy.cpp:perform():line92’

So either way (through cvpcb downloading the libraries direct or through local footprints) I can’t run any further


#2

Are you behind a proxy?


#3

Yes. Probably as I am operating through a university network.


#4

If you are behind a proxy, I recommend the following

  1. Download a release snapshot of footprints from http://downloads.kicad-pcb.org/libraries/, the latest currently http://downloads.kicad-pcb.org/libraries/kicad-footprints-4.0.7.zip
  2. Unzip to a local folder
  3. in Pcbnew->Preferences->Footprint Libraries Wizard select the source as “files on my computer” and navigate to where you unzipped the footprints.

#5

Hey bobc,
I made the cvpcb to read footprints from my modules subfolder under Kicad and for my purpose, things are working fine.
Thanks a lot Rene_Poschl and bobc.:slight_smile: