KiCad BZR5025 full windows installer

Someone on the KiCad mailing list has created a windows installer of the BZR5025 code base, including libraries, demo projects, docs…

I’ve mirrored it on my server for your convenience.

Please note that this version uses library-tables and the new ‘pretty’ footprint format. It also uses the new “version 4″ board format, which is not backward compatible. Boards saved with this version cannot be opened with older KiCad releases before BZR4958.

Please take the usual precautions when working on boards that are dear to you – make backups and use a decent version control software (git comes to mind), so you can easily roll-back if something goes wrong. Commit frequently!

You may want to look into using a virtual machine (VirtualBox, VMware…) for testing these releases.

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2 Responses to KiCad BZR5025 full windows installer

  1. Geert Vancompernolle says:

    Downloaded the executable, but when trying to install, it warns me it will overwrite existing files from the currently installed KiCAD, which I of course don’t want. So, I declined the installation.
    How to cope with this?

    • robert says:

      I’ve just tried it myself and what can I say, what a lousy installer.

      The BZR5025 package uses a different one, which does allow choosing a different destination directory.

      Your best option for testing however would be running a virtual machine (e.g. VirtualBox). These things are ideal for that and with snapshots you can roll back to a clean state in seconds.

      Having multiple installations side-by-side is probably not a good idea, as the environment variables (KISYSMOD…) would most likely conflict.

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