I'd like to import a component library that I downloaded into my Kicad. I am running the latest Kicad for Windows as shown below. I have added the directory containing the library into the library search path. I even copied the library in to the global library directory within the installation location. And the component does not show up in my library browser!!

The answer on a similar question does not seem to work with this version of Kicad.

Application: kicad Version: (2015-01-16 BZR 5376)-product Release build wxWidgets: Version 3.0.0 (debug,wchar_t,compiler with C++ ABI 1002,GCC 4.8.2,wx containers,compatible with 2.8) Platform: Windows 7 (build 7601, Service Pack 1), 64-bit edition, 64 bit, Little endian, wxMSW Boost version: 1.54.0

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It turns out I have to activate the library I want to use. Merely adding the library to my search path is not sufficient [1].

[1] https://forum.kicad.info/t/importing-component-library/574

  • \$\begingroup\$ I'd like to add that the BZR versions are up to 6129+ today. For the latest versions, see kicad-pcb.org/download . Why they haven't made a single "official" release since 2013, is beyond me. \$\endgroup\$
    – rdtsc
    Aug 27, 2015 at 13:58
  • \$\begingroup\$ Unless I am working on a legacy project, I have moved on to Altium CircuitMaker \$\endgroup\$
    – Adam Lee
    Aug 27, 2015 at 17:23
  • \$\begingroup\$ I'd heard that Altium CircuitMaker has a free version now. Only two projects can be closed-source at any time however. Anything else "goes to the cloud." Fine for hobbyists and "makers", not so good for companies and intellectual property. \$\endgroup\$
    – rdtsc
    Aug 27, 2015 at 18:01

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