kicad-libs and sharing things across projects

Andrés Calderón andres.calderon at
Thu Sep 2 11:01:33 EDT 2010

On Thu, Sep 2, 2010 at 8:49 AM, Werner Almesberger <werner at> wrote:
> Yesterday, I added a project called kicad-libs. This is intended
> as a place where we can collect and share components (symbols) and
> modules (footprints) for KiCad.
> To get things off the ground, I put the following footprints there:
> - stdpass.fpd: small passive components, 0201, 0402, etc.
> - usd-card.fpd: micro-SD card footprint, based on measurements and
>  the high-resolution scan Rikard Lindstrom made.
> Right now, only ben-blinkenlights uses things provided by kicad-libs,
> but I'll migrate more things later.
> For accessing files in kicad-libs in a portable way, I propose the
> following policy:
> - check out kicad-libs and the project(s) using things from there
>  both under the same directory. E.g., you may have a /home/qihw
>  for all things related to Qi Hardware, kicad-libs would be at
>  /home/qihw/kicad-libs/, and ben-blinkenlights would be at
>  /home/qihw/ben-blinkenlights/
> - use relative paths for libraries in KiCad's profile. This may/will
>  require manual editing of the .pro file. Example:
>  LibName1=../kicad-libs/modules/stdpass
> This way, other people can check out these projects anywhere in their
> directory hierarchy and all the paths still work.
> kicad-libs still needs some editing and review guidelines and policy.
> E.g., we have to be very careful about not making changes that break
> other people's designs, and anyone using items in kicad-libs should
> have a means to determine how much they can be trusted.
> But let's do this one step at a time. Do the general idea of having
> one place to keep things and my directory placement concept sound
> reasonable ?

very nice, we accept the proposal for Xué and we will suggest a
similar structure for the scripts.


    Andrés Calderón
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