Import Steps For KiCad (V4 and later)

Follow these steps to import footprints into KiCad using the *.kicad_mod file.

  1. In KiCad, go to Tools > Edit PCB Footprints.
  2. Click on Preferences > Manage Footprint Libraries.
  3. On the Global Libraries tab, click on Browse Libraries (the small folder icon below) and navigate to the Folder of the downloaded .kicad_mod file. Then click Open, and the library will appear. If the path doesn't have the same name. you can rename it as the part.
  4. In the table, make sure that the Plugin Type is set to KiCad. Then click OK.
  5. Toggle the search tree on, and navigate to the footprint you imported. Double-click over it to open the file.

Follow these steps to import footprints into KiCad using the *.mod file.

  1. Follow the same steps above from step 1 to step.
  2. In the table, make sure that the Plugin Type is set to Legacy. Then click OK.
  3. Toggle the search tree on, and navigate to the footprint you imported. Double-click over it to open the file.

Import Steps For KiCad (*.lib)

Follow these steps to import footprints into KiCad using the *.lib file.

  1. In KiCad, go to Tools > Edit Schematic Symbols.
  2. Click on Preferences > Manage Symbol Libraries.
  3. On the Global Libraries tab, click on Browse Libraries (the small folder icon below) and select the .lib file. Then click Open. The library will appear, click OK.
  4. Toggle the search tree on, and navigate to the symbol you imported. Double-click over it to open the file.

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Import Steps For KiCad (pre V4)


Import Symbols and Footprints

  1. Extract the content of the downloaded .zip file
  2. In KiCad, go to Tools > Open Eeschema
  3. Select Preferences > Component Libraries
  4. In the Component library files section, click Add
  5. Select the .lib library file
  6. Go to Tools > Open PcbNew
  7. Click Preferences > Footprint Libraries Wizard
  8. Follow the steps in the wizard to select and import the footprint library (.mod file)

Tip: If you can't find the footprint after import, please try these steps:

  1. Select Preferences > Footprint Libraries Manager
  2. In PCB Library Tables click Append Library
  3. Select the Legacy type
  4. In the library path section, navigate to the location where you previously extracted the ZIP contents (where the .mod file should be), then copy and paste the library path
  5. Select a nickname for your library and click OK

You should now be able to find the footprint upon loading and placing.

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Import Steps For Older Versions of KiCad

Import Symbols

  1. Launch Eeschema.
  2. Select Preferences > Library.
  3. In the from... window, in the User Defined Search Path area, click Add.
  4. In the Default Path for Libraries windows, navigate to the location where your previously extracted the ZIP contents, then click Select Folder.
  5. In the Path type window, click No (unless you use project-specific libraries).
  6. In the from... window, in the Component Library Files area, click Add.
  7. In the Library files: window, select the LIB file, then click Open. The symbol now shows in the Component Library Files list.
  8. In the from... window, click OK.

Import Footprints

  1. Launch Pcbnew.
  2. Select Preferences > Library.
  3. In the from... window, in the User defined search paths area, click Add.
  4. In the Default Path for Libraries windows, navigate to the location where you previously extracted the ZIP contents, then click Select Folder.
  5. In the Path type window, click No (unless you use project-specific libraries).
  6. In the from... window, in the Component Library Files area, click Add.
  7. In the Footprint library files window, select the MOD file, then click Open. The footprint now shows in the Footprint library files list.
  8. In the from... window, click OK.
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