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Tutorials and help with using KiCad, the free PCB
design suite, for Windows, Linux and Mac


This is a somewhat sketchy "entry path" to a set of pages I maintain, mostly in a wiki. You can skim what's here, and use any of the links, but I recommend that you go straight to the "FAQ" (and answers!) page. From there, you have links to the wiki as appropriate, but also to the material listed here... and more! (That opens in a new window or tab, so you can just close it, an you'll come back here.)

"Getting to know you": An introductory tutorial, covering the basics with a very, very simple circuit. This tutorial also establishes my working conventions, and takes you through the details of the precise "KiCad" meaning of some essential terms.

Make your own- vers 1.. and.. Make your own- vers 2: KiCad comes with many useful schematic symbols and board footprints... and a well designed system for adding any custom element you may wish to add. Here are two tutorials about how to do it. Version 1 was written more recently, using KiCad version 4-0-4, but it "runs", does a "fancy" component. Version 2 is older, but gentler. There aren't important differences from how things are done in 4-0-4, but some trivial things may be annoying, at first. I suggest starting with version 1, and then skimming version 2, to see if it makes you notice bits you didn't quite understand.

KiCad "Encyclopedia": Short pages defining terms.

(Those links take you into my wiki. Don't be alarmed when you find yourself in ""... that is by my design, not by some nefarious Bad Person's site hacking!)

Some free KiCad libraries from the editor of KiCadHowTo (Arduinos).

KiCad FAQs with answers by the editor of KiCadHowTo.

Main KiCad sub-program icons

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