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I have an existing project in Eagle 5.12. I'd like to convert it to KiCad 5.0.2 (this is the latest I downloaded today).

I have tried using the KiCad File/Import Project. It failed. I suspect it wants Eagle 6.0 or later, but I have found no concrete list of what Eagle versions are supported.

I found an Eagle ULP named eagle2kicad.ulp designed for Eagle 5.8. I tried running that, but it only did the schematic, and failed with many errors. The resulting schematic was completely unusable. I suspect this ULP was written for an earlier version of KiCad.

What do I need to do to convert a Eagle 5.12 project (both board and schematic, including all library symbols, etc...) to KiCad 5.0.2?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Is it too big to open and save in a newer Eagle? \$\endgroup\$ – pipe Jan 5 '19 at 16:34
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    \$\begingroup\$ I have an eagle 6 license, I can re-save it for you if you can't find another option. \$\endgroup\$ – alex.forencich Jan 6 '19 at 0:01
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The KiCad Eagle importer is based off of the Eagle 7 DTD but should also work with Eagle 6 files. Your file may need to be converted before it can be imported. You could try this using the Eagle 7 program (Open in Eagle, re-save then import)

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According to Wikipedia, it was Version 5.91 from 2011, where EAGLE changed from a proprietary, binary file format to an XML format to store project files.

I guess KiCAD can read the XML format only, and so supports only files created with 5.91 or later.

If your project uses features from a licensed (paid) EAGLE version, you can open it with the most recent free version, but not save it. But if you update to the latest v5 release, it should work.

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