Library Conventions | KiCad EDA

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Library maintainer rules & guidelines

S6.2 Symbol fields and metadata filled out as required

  1. Reference field is selected appropriately for the symbol and is visible

  2. Value field contains the name of the symbol and is visible

  3. Footprint field contains footprint link for fully specified symbols and must be invisible

    1. The footprint field must be empty for generic symbols

  4. Datasheet entry is filled out, and is invisible

  5. The symbol contains no other custom fields

Additional documentation is provided via two other fields:

  1. Description field contains comma-separated device information

    1. For symbols with a default footprint, the simplified footprint name should be appended to the description e.g. SOIC-8

    2. Part name should not be duplicated in the description field

  2. Keywords field contains space-separated keyword values. These values are used to assist in part searching and should not include filler words