Run trace in new component


Yes, How can IO use 5 ?
I have a lot of kicad files running on 4.05, will most of it come across ok ?

otherwise, I have the draft copy .mod file below

please guide me.


Migrating the projects from 4 to 5 may be problematic. I just wrote an article which tries to give some options. The safest way is to install 5 alongside 4 so that they can be used in parallel and continue with v4 for old projects.

Two recent threads discussed the possible problems in the upgrade process.



Somehow part of my previous post was erased. I meant to add that “unfortunately not everyone can read that post” because at the moment it’s meant for peer review and comments before releasing to wider public. I don’t want to spread false info… You can read the other topics and then ask your questions in your own topic. Version 5 can be installed alongside 4, but the procedure depends on the system, so you have to give more information about that (mostly the operating system and flavor). And read Is it a good idea to use a nightly build version?, although at the moment the nightly builds are (almost) as stable and good as the final will be.


The docu is the main problem. It is still lacking and will continue to be lacking until way after v5 is released. (I would guess it will take a few months till everything is ironed out.)

My suggestion is to go the easy way and run either v4 or v5 in a virtual machine (yes i know you can run them now on the same system but that might be too much for a beginner)

Use v5 for new projects and continue using v4 for old ones.
Make sure v5 is cleanly installed. Meaning you either cleaned out the old official lib entries from version 4 and replaced them with the ones from version 5 or you have installed the 3d model and symbol lib of version 4 to fit with the footprint libs.


I installed the nightly build, in a separate folder, now I have both instances (k4 and k5) running at the same time. on Win10 x64

I am trying to make a footprint with tracks, I made a new footprint, saved it to a new library.
How do I make tracks on the footprint ?

I have drawn a square in, right click on a line, Create Pad from Selected Shape:
“Cannot Convert items to a custom shaped Pad. Consider adding a small anchor pad.”

How do I set an Anchor ?
OK, placed a pad next to it, and BAM, I have a Graphic line converted to a trackPad but includes the pad…
All good, thanks for the great work guys.
Excellent work really…


I haven’t used this feature yet, but I would imagine that KiCad needs the “anchor” pad to know where to snap traces to. If you make the anchor pad either physically abutted to the graphic lines to be converted, or coincident with the graphic lines then you won’t have a footprint that is your custom shape plus a random, floating pad.


Yes, I cut down the pad to a slither and slipped it into my custom shape.


I am no expert in capacitive sensors, but I think I read somewhere you should use a wider gap between the traces. This lowers the direct capacitance between the traces and the relative capacitance change of the object in proximity will be bigger.


This is effectively a finger sensor, so the more metal the better response… thats my theory…
they suggest 0.2 - 0.3mm gap for linear sensors.