[sdiy] Upgrading KiCad to v5.x

Pete Hartman pete.hartman at gmail.com
Fri Aug 10 20:51:35 CEST 2018

I'm using a mid-2012 macbook pro 13 inch (with an outboard 21" monitor, no
way I'd want to run this on the tiny native screen).  2.5GHz core i5, 16GB
1600MHz DDR3 memory and a spinning hard drive (not an SSD, though I believe
it may be a hybrid).

I have had times when it was enough laggy to notice, but the only time it's
really bad is if I have the walk around interactive router enabled and it's
doing something stupid (sometimes if I accidentally cross over a trace it
tries to route the long way round back to that point on the other side of
the trace).  I do have one of the nightlies from a couple months back --
was upgrading to test whether it solved a scripting shell problem with a
rather large board I was working on, and it did.  It's

I'd suspect the main difference between windows & linux in that case is
display driver optimizations.....  I don't recall having any particular
issues with my macs (this is the second one I've been running KiCad on).



On Fri, Aug 10, 2018 at 11:43 AM, Mike Beauchamp <list at mikebeauchamp.com>

> On 08/10/2018 10:18 AM, Pete Hartman wrote:
>> I would recommend getting on with it.
>> I have had issues with libraries in old projects not translating well
>> (e.g. the library used to be "Capacitors_ThroughHole" but now is
>> "Capacitors_THT" so it couldn't find the symbols until I dinked with the
>> library settings), but aside from that it has been an overall improvement.
>> Pete
> Pete what OS are you using it with? Can you comment on the draw speed? I
> run kicad in linux and the draw speed is pretty laggy compared to the same
> machine using Windows. But I'm still using the 2013-jul-07-stable release.
> Mike
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