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  • I have the same "my current version of Kicad 5.05 is different from version 4.0" problem that the others are having preventing me from loading the EESCHEMA libraries. See "setting-up-schematic-component-libraries" part of the tutorial

    I tried downloading the “Sparkfun_SchematicComponents.lib” file and save it to a directory on the computer.
    These are found at the link https://cdn.sparkfun.com/assets/learn_tutorials/6/6/0/SparkFun_SchematicComponents.lib

    But when I try to do "Preferences->Component Libraries", I have no good place to go that matches the tutorial. Does anyone have a series of steps to fix this?

  • I am facing an issue in step where the component is inserted into the PCB. There is a lot of errors and it is not possible for the components to load.

  • brewer / last year / 1

    Also - website issue with a dash of irony... I tried to report my constructive comment via your "send us your feedback!" link... but the Feedback form does not work.

    Press the submit button, and the feedback form just sits there, no error and apparently no submit. my details: (chrome 66.0.3359.139 (Official Build) (64-bit), macOS)

  • brewer / last year * / 1

    (Once I read more closely, my Mac issue was solved. Mac users: do not miss the step, where you click "add" THEN "open" (after previously having staged the SparkFun_SchematicComponents.lib file somewhere in one of the expected paths. If you mess this up like I did, you might Google and find a bunch of OLD information about Kicad on the Mac... which if you follow, you will end up down a rabbit hole...)

  • When I migrated from Eagle to KiCad in 2013 I really missed those Sparkfun libraries - it's good to see them making a comeback for this excellent open-source package. Thanks for the excellent tutorial too!

  • Thanks for spending the time putting together a tutorial for KiCad, however right at the start you mention: "From within EeSchema, click on Preferences -> Component Libraries." Alas there is no such option as "Component Libraries". Do you mean "Manage Symbol Libraries"? I guess there was an update to KiCad. I have tried adding the lib file to the "Project Specific Libraries" however still get the "Remap Symbols" dialogue box open reopening EeSchema. Totally stuck at the first hurdle! Completely lost.

    • I've hit the same roadblock... No 'Component Libraries' option. Tried adding the library to the list of Symbol Libraries, but no luck. I'd really like to complete this tutorial, but I am stuck at the first step.


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