Learn to draw a circuit diagram in this KiCad schematic tutorial for beginners. Draw a 555 timer LED flasher circuit using free open source KiCad EDA software.
KiCad is an Electronic Design Automation (EDA) software package that can run on Windows, Linux and MAC OSX. Beginners in electronics may be interested in learning how to draw a circuit using this software package. The circuit diagram or schematic can then be exported for publishing on the web or in documents.
The image below shows KiCad running on a Windows computer with the circuit drawn in the tutorial.
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KiCad can be installed on Windows, Linux and MAC OSX:
How to install KiCad in Windows is a short article on installing the newest version of KiCad on a Windows computer.
How to install KiCad in Linux is an article that shows how to install the latest version of KiCad on a Linux computer.
The KiCad download page has links for installing KiCad on OS X and Windows and various Linux distributions.
KiCad Schematic Tutorial for Beginners
The full KiCad schematic tutorial can be found on the Starting Electronics website.
The tutorial shows how to create a new project in KiCad, including how to create and name a project directory. A 555 timer flashing LED circuit is then drawn using the KiCad schematic editor called Eeschema.
You will learn how to zoom in and out of the circuit, scroll the schematic, place electronic part symbols, wire the circuit and annotate the circuit. These and more basic actions needed to draw and edit a schematic are included in the tutorial.
Finally the tutorial explains how to export a circuit diagram or schematic for publishing on the web or in a document.