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README.md

digikey-partner-kicad-library

An atomic parts library for KiCad.

The goal of the digikey-partner-kicad-library is to offer a collection of visually consistent and well defined parts that include assigned footprints. The library is intended to augment KiCad's default library and give users another choice in library paradigm (meaning that it is One Solution, not The Solution). It contains 1-to-1 symbol to footprint assignments to meet the needs of those who prefer that style. It does not currently include the idea of a one symbol to many footprints as that defeats the purpose of having an orderable part number ready for the Bill of Materials.

Each part has been pre-loaded with extra information based on the www.digikey.com website. Data includes:

  • Digi-Key Part Number
  • Manufacturer Part Number
  • Manufacturer
  • Category
  • Family
  • Digi-Key Datasheet Link
  • Digi-Key Detail Page Link
  • Digi-Key Short Description
  • Part Status (Active, Obsolete, NRND, etc)

This is an early release to help refine what this library to going be and solicit feedback on organizational philosophy. There are ongoing quality refinements, additions, and other work in the background. Please post issues in the issue tracker or on the Digi-Key Forum. https://forum.digikey.com/c/kicad

The usable libraries are grouped by supplier and located in the <supplier>-footprints.pretty/ and <supplier>-symbols/ folders. Alternatively, there is a consolidated library in each supplier folder named <supplier>.lib. There is also an accompanying HTML page for each library located in docs with a table containing all the included items and metadata that can be browsed outside of KiCad.

Installation

For instructions on how to install/import please see this Digi-Key TechForum post:

Importing the Digi-Key KiCad Library into KiCad 5.0.0+

digikey-kicad-library vs digikey-partner-kicad-library

The primary difference between this Partner library and the original library is in the curation. The digikey-kicad-library is curated by the Digi-Key Applications Engineering team. The digikey-partner-kicad-library contains any libraries submitted by Digi-Key's suppliers and compiled into the same format as the Digi-Key library.

Organization

The current organization of the library follows Digi-Key's family taxonomy, but this is subject to change based on feedback. The intention is not to offer a complete library that includes all of Digi-Key's parts, but to offer a useful subset which will grow over time. At this time capacitors and resistors have been excluded, but we are looking at a sane way to make this happen.

Library metadata will be updated regularly and symbols for parts which may not be readily available will have its corresponding status appended to each symbol name.

Contributing

Please make pull requests against the footprints and symbols in the src/ folder. There is one part per .lib and it should be named with the Digi-Key PN. ex 123-2245-ND.lib

Licensing

The digikey-partner-kicad-library is licensed under a CC-BY-SA 4.0 license (with an exception) so please see the LICENSE.md for more information.

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