Library Conventions | KiCad EDA

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Library maintainer rules & guidelines

F7.3 Pin 1 should be rectangular or a rounded rectangle. Other pads circular or oval

Through hole components should set the shape of Pin 1 to Rectangular or Rounded Rectangle, and all other pads to either Circular or Oval. This aids in orienting the component during placement and also for locating Pin 1 for circuit troubleshooting. For rounded rectangle pads the corner size should be 25% with a maximum radius of 0.25mm.

Pad shape can be adjusted in the Pad Properties dialog:


Non polarized parts (such as THT resistors) should not set the shape of Pin 1 to Rectangular. For these (non polarized) footprints, all pad shapes should be consistent.