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 ====== KiCad Footprint Management ====== ====== KiCad Footprint Management ======
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 The stuff here was written for versions of KiCad preceding 4.0. The latest versions of KiCad have introduced new library management features, rendering some of what follows obsolete. The stuff here was written for versions of KiCad preceding 4.0. The latest versions of KiCad have introduced new library management features, rendering some of what follows obsolete.
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 KiCad places footprints into **footprint libraries**. Footprint libraries use the ''​.mod''​ extension. One ''​.mod''​ file typically contains definitions for several (usually related) footprints. KiCad places footprints into **footprint libraries**. Footprint libraries use the ''​.mod''​ extension. One ''​.mod''​ file typically contains definitions for several (usually related) footprints.
  
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 KiCad uses the term "​module"​ interchangably with "​footprint"​. KiCad uses the term "​module"​ interchangably with "​footprint"​.
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 There are two kinds of libraries in KiCad: **footprint libraries**,​ which are stored in ''​.mod''​ files, and **component libraries** (i.e., schematic symbol libraries), which are stored in ''​.lib''​ files. Our concern here is with footprint libraries. There are two kinds of libraries in KiCad: **footprint libraries**,​ which are stored in ''​.mod''​ files, and **component libraries** (i.e., schematic symbol libraries), which are stored in ''​.lib''​ files. Our concern here is with footprint libraries.
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 You should add new footprints only to user footprint libraries. See [[#User footprint libraries]] and [[#Adding existing footprints to an existing user library]] below. You should add new footprints only to user footprint libraries. See [[#User footprint libraries]] and [[#Adding existing footprints to an existing user library]] below.
  
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 **Even though you can import footprints into system and third-party libraries, you are strongly advised against making any changes to system and third-party libraries.** **Even though you can import footprints into system and third-party libraries, you are strongly advised against making any changes to system and third-party libraries.**
  
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 For creating new footprints and for making changes to footprints in system or third-party footprint libraries, it is highly recommended that you use only libraries you have created yourself---what we will call //user libraries//​. In other words, you should create new footprints only in user libraries, and footprints in system and third-party libraries that you wish to change should first be copied to a user library and edited there. For creating new footprints and for making changes to footprints in system or third-party footprint libraries, it is highly recommended that you use only libraries you have created yourself---what we will call //user libraries//​. In other words, you should create new footprints only in user libraries, and footprints in system and third-party libraries that you wish to change should first be copied to a user library and edited there.
  
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 **Even though you can create/​add/​edit footprints in system and third-party libraries, you are strongly advised against making any changes to system and third-party libraries.** **Even though you can create/​add/​edit footprints in system and third-party libraries, you are strongly advised against making any changes to system and third-party libraries.**
  
kicad/footprint_management.txt · Last modified: 2018/09/09 15:12 by mithat