I've just drawn my first circuit with KiCad / EESchema (on Kubuntu) to insert my circuit diagram into one of my answers. But I can't find a way to export to PNG (nor gif or jpg).

How can I export my schematic in such a way that I can easily upload it here?


3 Answers 3


This works across platforms and software tools, and is acceptable for generating images for websites and other non-printing uses.

  1. Adjust screen so that the schematic/board/whatever looks like it should in the final image
  2. Press the Print Screen button
  3. Paste the image into GIMP (or your favorite image editing software)
  4. Crop the image so that only the important portion of the schematic/board/whatever is showing
  5. Save the image to whatever format you like
  • 1
    \$\begingroup\$ I figured that one too, but I hoped there would be a smart shortcut. I'd prefer the plot to SVG and Inkscape.org route though. \$\endgroup\$
    – jippie
    Commented Apr 19, 2012 at 20:40
  • 1
    \$\begingroup\$ Alt+ prt scrn for just the active window or print to PDF ( if you have an easy pdf printer installed like Foxit \$\endgroup\$ Commented Apr 20, 2012 at 5:59
  • 1
    \$\begingroup\$ @TonyStewart, this is not windows, it is Ubuntu. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Apr 20, 2012 at 7:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ This feature should really be in the blueprints. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Apr 20, 2012 at 7:13
  • 1
    \$\begingroup\$ @abdullahkahraman I believe alt-printscreen works under Linux as well, although I use something other than Ubuntu. \$\endgroup\$
    – W5VO
    Commented Apr 20, 2012 at 13:15

I am going to explain this under Windows, however it should be quite similar to how it is when using Kubuntu.

What you should do is plot to a SVG file and then use GIMP to convert into any raster format, PNG in this case. You can use online SVG to PNG converters with ease, too.

Go to File » Plot » Plot

enter image description here

In the dialog, select "SVG" under "Format" and click on "Plot All Pages". This will create a .svg file in the same directory that is your schematic file is in.

Next, use a SVG to PNG converter tool such as GIMP. I will use an online tool:

enter image description here

Here is the result. Click on it for bigger picture:

enter image description here

  • 1
    \$\begingroup\$ Thank you. I was looking for a way to print to PDF and the Plot menu item does that as well. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 27, 2016 at 19:50
  • \$\begingroup\$ Same for me, wanted to go to pdf. Note that using "Plot" rather than "Print" makes text in the schematic pdf searchable, which is priceless. The answer to the question for this thread is really just "take a screenshot", but this answer is much more useful... \$\endgroup\$
    – apollo901
    Commented Feb 17, 2021 at 2:38

File -> Export -> Copy to clipboard, then paste to anywhere you like


Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.