1.2 Installing OCI Libraries

  • First download the libraries from GitHub: https://github.com/ShaneOberloier/OCI_UPL_Symbols
    • First option is to click the green "clone or download button", then click download .zip
    • Or if you're using Linux, you may pull the directory down by navigating to the folder you would like to save the symbols, open the terminal there and type:
git clone https://github.com/ShaneOberloier/OCI_UPL_Symbols
  • A benefit of using git to acquire the symbols is that it can be easily updated with 
git pull origin master
  • After your file is placed in its proper folder (your choice) (and unzipped), open up KiCAD.
  • To add the OCI footprints enter PCBnew
    • Navigate to Preferences > Footprint Libraries Wizard
    • Select "Files on my computer"
    • Navigate to where your OCI library was saved.
    • Select the OCI_UPL_FOOTPRINTS.pretty folder, then click next
    • Review he changes and click next (status should read as "OK")
    • Select "To global library configuration (visible by all projects)". Select the other option if you are only using the library for the current project.
    • Click Finish
  • Component libraries cannot be added globally and must be added to each new project. To do so open Eeschema.
    • Navigate to Preferences > Component Libraries
    • Click "Add" and then find and select all of the OCI Libraries (Click the first library, then shift click the last library in order to select multiples), then click "Add"
    • Now in the Component library files list, at the bottom, are the new OCI libraries. Select them all by clicking on the first OCI library and shift clicking the last one. Then press the "up" button ultill they are at the very top of the list. This prevents components with the same name from taking precedence over OCI parts.
    • Click Ok