Trying to open Footprint editor from Eeschema

I have recently loaded Kicad version 5 on my Ubuntu OS. Kicad seems to have loaded OK, I have been able to create a simple schematic which just has a 74HC04 symbol and a few resistors and one connector (20 pin). I have created a netlist. My problem is when I click on the Footprint Editor icon nothing happens. The editor does not come up and it is as if I did not click on the icon. I did not see any errors when I loaded Kicad.

Is there someway to debug this problem? I am not a very experienced user of Kicad. I used Kicad version 4 last year when my Ubuntu was version 14.04, but I now have version 18.04.
Any help will be appreciated
Thanks, Jim Harris

one problem when upgrading from (really) old versions is fp-lib-table and sym-lib-table that don’t get updated.
check the directory


for sym-lib-table and fp-lib-table. if they are old, update them from e.g. github ( and

I see the fp-lib-table and sym-lib-table files but how do I tell if they are old or the recent version 5 files? I know it sounds like a dumb question, but it is, never the less, a question. Thanks for your reply.

(Gives the info how you can find out if you use v4 or v5 tables)

What happens if you open the footprint editor from KiCads main window?
What happens if you do it in a new project?

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