(Start Here) Frequently Asked Questions

This topic is an index to answers for frequently asked questions about KiCad.

General tutorials

Where is the official documentation?

Tutorial: Introduction to PCB design with KiCad version 5.1 (Getting Started)

Is there a ‘quick start’ Youtube video I can check out?

General topics

How can I help improve KiCad?

I think I found a bug? Now what?

Cheat sheet

Is it a good idea to use a nightly build version?

Where are the 3rd party plugins?

How to run v5 and v4 on the same machine (Windows only; external link)

Running several KiCad versions on the same Windows machine (longer article)

Where are the configuration files (settings, library tables)?

Updating from version 4 to version 5

I had KiCad 4 installed previosly. Now i updated to v5. Now i have some problems with the library setup

Converting KiCad version 4 projects to version 5 (Remap a project)

Managing your projects

Project and libary setup for sharing and collaboration

How to crate a bill of materials (BOM)?

Advanced version control with git

Library

How to get a downloaded symbol, footprint or full library into KiCad?

Library management in KiCad version 5.1.x

I installed KiCad 5 (under linux) but there are no libraries. (The default option for the sym-lib-table setup is disabled)

What is the difference between footprints and symbols?

How does KiCad know which symbol pin is connected to which pad of the footprint?

How to assign a footprint to a symbol

Footprints

Creating a new footprint library

How can i make a footprint (from scratch)?

How do i know a footprint fits my part?

Symbols

Creating a new symbol library

Tutorial: How to make a symbol (from scratch)

What do the electrical types for symbol pins mean?

Invisible power input pins (Disclaimer: written for version 4, details in the answers might differ for newer versions.)

Layout

Update PCB from Schematic’s match methods

What is the difference between opengl and other canvases?

Why does my zone not fill?

How to create a power plane (using zones)

Cleanup Tracks and Vias

What is the meaning of the layers in pcb_new and the footprint editor

How does solder mask layer work? (Answers the problem “soldermask (F.Mask or B.Mask) looks different in pcbnew and in gerber file”)

How do I get started doing my own scripts in pcbnew?
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How do I ‘panalize’ in Kicad?
[more] [Using mouse bites]

Mechanical CAD integration and 3d models

Why are through holes covered with copper in the 3d viewer?

What is the difference between step and wrl 3d models?

How do I start with 3D modeling and what is this STEPUP I keep reading about on the forum?
kicadStepUp-cheat-sheet.pdf

KiCad stepup capabilities demonstration (MCAD integration)

Video Tutorials, ribbon cable, jumper wire, Freecad to Kicad

RF Design Tips

Schematic

What are the cache and rescue libs? How does the rescue process work?

KiCad v5.0 announcement of Symbol Library Table

Error Type 3 - Pin connected to some other pins but no pin to drive it.

Hierarchical or flat schematic design, what is best for me? (How to deal with multi page schematics?)

Off-Board Components in KiCad 5

About power symbols (Specifically about ground symbols)

Carrying BUS connections to new sheets

Simulation

Tutorial for getting started with ngspice in Kicad Eeschema.
Tutorial discussion thread

Ngspice does not behave the way I expect. Now what?

Adding a spice model to a symbol (Example for a transistor)

Tips and Tricks

Guidelines for good schematics

How to best connect a wire to the PCB?

Switching to KiCad from another Tool.

I come from Eagle. What should i know about KiCad?

Can I Export or Convert a KiCad Project to Another EDA Format (Altium, Mentor, Zuken, Orcad, etc.)?

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First PCB: Simple DIY Ambilight
Panalization of Gerber files
Upgrading from 5.0 to 5.1 - any issues foreseen?
Will "Getting Started" tutorial be updated?
New User footprint hell
Beginner's guide to KiCad
Copying sch. symbol from one library to another
HELP! Libraries are not recognized (schematic symbols)
Adding a Connection Point
Thermal Pad, Solid vias, Thermal Relief, (complete noob)
How can you match specific footprint pads to specific schematic symbol nets?
Many inconsistencies
Feedback on my first PCB design?
3D Newbie question
Eeschema "The following libraries were not found"
Searching for the symbol of TDA1562
KiCAD 5.1.2 Footprint Editor
Connecting wire on top layer removes the one on the bottom - can I stop this?
Python error generating BOM - KeyError: 'description' (solved)
Libraries Confusion
Symbol Libaries are not installing when I install KiCAD
Error pin not driven error : Use of flags
Make library active in kicad 5?
Rats nest not updating and schematic components absent from Layout
All VCC become GND
Newb here, library loader, no footprint
Assign Footprint doesn't filter by selected library?
Why such bad documentation?
Getting re-started with KiCad
Some newbie questions
How to add footprints
Getting started in Kicad documentation not up-to-date
Help with KiCad Basics LED tactile switches
Unable to connect Wire to Pins
Not driven errors
Lost in Kicad libraries
What is the best way to simply put a hole on the board?
Adding Components
Struggeling with Symbol Library Editor
Timelapse of the layout process

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