Yes you can place the lib anywhere you want. I keep mine in my home
directory (linux version). This is the best option anyway, because there
is always the danger of libs getting overwritten during a program upgrade.

Just remember to include your libs into the project with the preferences >
library tool.

If this gets tedious (you have to do this for each new project) you can
modify the default project and add them to this, then they will
be available to each new project automatically.


On Fri, 03 Sep 2010 12:55:02 -0000
"transistorman57508" <> wrote:

> Hello,
> I just started using kicad's LibEdit and am saving my new symbols to 
> c:\Program Files\KiCAD\share\library\device.lib. Is it at all possible to 
> create and use my own .lib file? Can I have it outside the c:\Program Files 
> directory? For the footprints I would like to do something along the same 
> lines too, would that be possible?
> Thanks,
> Frank
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