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 ==== Set up library paths (version 5) ==== ==== Set up library paths (version 5) ====
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 +=== Global library paths ===
  
 While collaborating on a large project with other people, it is possible that different versions of KiCad are being used in your team, and with that also different versions of the component libraries. Therefore, we would recommend using the library repositories directly pulled and regularly updated from [[https://​github.com/​kicad|KiCad'​s github page]]. The repositories are called ''​kicad-symbols'',​ ''​kicad-footprints''​ and ''​kicad-packages3D''​ respectively. ​ While collaborating on a large project with other people, it is possible that different versions of KiCad are being used in your team, and with that also different versions of the component libraries. Therefore, we would recommend using the library repositories directly pulled and regularly updated from [[https://​github.com/​kicad|KiCad'​s github page]]. The repositories are called ''​kicad-symbols'',​ ''​kicad-footprints''​ and ''​kicad-packages3D''​ respectively. ​
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 Store them, for example, in your home directory in a folder named ''​~/​kicad''​. Then, open KiCad and from the menu Preferences open "​Environment Variable Configuration",​ where you now simply have let the ''​KICAD_SYMBOL_DIR''​ point to ''​~/​kicad/​kicad-symbols''​ (or where you have cloned the kicad-symbols repository to), ''​KISYS3DMOD''​ to ''​~/​kicad/​kicad-packages3D''​ and ''​KISYSMOD''​ to ''​~/​kicad/​kicad-footprints''​. Store them, for example, in your home directory in a folder named ''​~/​kicad''​. Then, open KiCad and from the menu Preferences open "​Environment Variable Configuration",​ where you now simply have let the ''​KICAD_SYMBOL_DIR''​ point to ''​~/​kicad/​kicad-symbols''​ (or where you have cloned the kicad-symbols repository to), ''​KISYS3DMOD''​ to ''​~/​kicad/​kicad-packages3D''​ and ''​KISYSMOD''​ to ''​~/​kicad/​kicad-footprints''​.
  
 +<note important>​It is possible that the ''​~/''​ path description will not be correctly handled by KiCad, which is why you may need to write the expicit path, e.g. ''/​Users/​yourname/​kicad''</​note>​
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 +=== Project-specific libraries ===
  
 +Any symbol or footprint library that is part of a specific project should be included directly in the schematics or PCB editor under Project Specific Libraries and using relative paths (with the ''​${KIPRJMOD}''​ macro).