Part creator for KiCad.
Generate multi-unit schematic symbols for KiCad from a CSV, text, or Excel file.
Free software: MIT license
Generates schematic part libraries for KiCad from CSV/text/Excel files.
Converts lists of pins in a file into a multi-unit schematic part symbol.
Converts multiple files stored in .zip archives.
Each row of the file lists the number, name, type, style, unit and side of a pin.
Pins on a unit with the same name (e.g., GND) can be placed at the same location so they can all be tied to the same net with a single connection.
Also includes kilib2csv for converting schematic part libraries into CSV files suitable for input to KiPart.
Example Use Case
From a user:
I had a very complex library for a microprocessor that I needed to refactor— I needed to reorder hundreds of pins in a sane human-usable format. I thought I was going to have do it by hand in KiCAD’s graphical symbol editor. I tried that, got very frustrated with all the clicking and dragging.
So I then:
searched and found this tool,
used kilib2csv to export my KiCAD lib to CSV,
imported the CSV in a spreadsheet program
edited the spreadsheet (mainly sorting the pins by function using the spreadsheet’s sort() function),
exported the spreadsheet back to CSV,
used kipart to export back to KiCAD.
Boom! Usable part in minutes.
Swapped test on -a and -w flags so appending with overwrite doesn’t erase all the existing parts.
Pin lengths are scaled to fit the size of the pin numbers.
Part information is placed consistently regardless of part origin (either pin #1 or center).
Fixed exceptions caused by malformed input pin data.
Multiple asterisks can be prepended to pin numbers to create more than one blank pin location.
Added ability to process KiCad V6 symbol libraries to kilib2csv.
No-connect pins were added to the types of pins that can be bundled.
Option was added to select the suffix for bundled pins: none, count ([n]), or range ([n:0]).
Option was added to center the symbol on the origin.
Option was added to “scrunch” pin columns closer together between top/bottom pin rows.
Changes made to conform to KiCad Library Conventions.
Decided this tool has matured to the point it could be called 1.0.0.
Added option to set thickness of schematic symbol box.
Added option to push pins left/up or right/down on the sides of the schematic symbol box.
Removed reference to Lattice Diamond tool since it’s no longer supported.
Added “other” category to stm32cube_reader.py to remain compatible with new STM32cube software.
KiPart will now use a <name>_reader.py file in the current directory to process part information.
Cleaned up tests directory.
Fixed missing field label for description in F5.
Updated Lattice FPGA pinout reader.
Added option to select schematic symbol fill style.
Handled differing line terminations between Python 2/3 when converting XLSX to CSV file.
Fixed Python 2 str.lower() error requiring conversion of str to unicode.
Added missing parameter to stm32cube_reader().
Added requirement for openpyxl.
KiPart now accepts part data stored in Excel .xlsx files.
Added reader for GOWIN FPGA pin tables.
Kipart now creates individual .lib files if given multiple .csv files with no global output .lib file specified using the -o option.
kilib2csv now creates individual .csv files if given multiple .lib files with no global output .csv file specified using the -o option.
All symbols now include F2 (package) and F3 (datasheet) fields.
Datasheet link and part description can be entered on the first line of a part description in the CSV file.
Fixed error in field syntax for part manufacturer number.
No-connect pins can no longer be bundled because it is marked as an ERC error by EESCHEMA.
Pins sorted by name or row are now pplaced top-to-bottom on left/right sides and left-to-right on top/bottom sides.
Removed *_ in statement that caused an error in Python2.
Removed duplicated entries in pin-style table.
~ and # are now allowed in pin-style keys.
Parts dictionary changed to OrderedDict so it retains the order parts were entered in. Important for passing random part generation tests.
Specifying -a option allows new parts to be written to an existing library but prevents overwriting existing parts. Using -w in conjunction with -a allows added parts to overwrite existing parts.
Part name, reference prefix, footprint, and manf. part num. are now allowed on beginning row of part info in a CSV file.
Expanded the lists of mnemonics for pin types and styles.
Fixed erroneous library generation when part number is omitted from first line of CSV file.
Changed default output library to kipart.lib if no output library is specified.
Changed default output CSV file of kilib2csv to kipart.csv if no output CSV file is specified.
Added reader for Lattice FPGA devices (except iCE40). (Thanks, Adrien Descamps!)
Fixed issue #11 (blank lines in CSV file were skipped and multiple parts ran together).
Fixed issue #18 (crash when symbol side for pin was left blank).
Fixed problem caused by pin side designators not being lower-case (e.g., “Left”).
Fixed Xilinx reader function to parse leading comments in their FPGA pin files.
Added ability to create hidden pins.
Fixed readers for Xilinx, STM32, PSoC devices.
Pins on multiple sides of a symbol are now distributed in a more attractive manner.
Extra stuff on starting line of library no longer kill kilib2csv.
Fixed bug where kilib2csv was choking on footprint lists in part definitions.
Added utility to test kilib2csv and kipart on randomly-generated CSV part files.
kilib2csv utility added to convert KiCad schematic symbol libraries into CSV files suitable for input to KiPart.
Use same type of sorting for unit names as for pin names so (for example) unit ‘ADC_12’ comes before unit ‘ADC_2’.
Added reader for CSV-formatted pinout files exported from the STM32CubeMx tool. (Thanks, Hasan Yavuz OZDERYA!)
Added reader for Xilinx Ultrascale FPGAs.
Fixed insertion of spaces between groups of pins when pin number starts with ‘*’.
Replaced call to warnings.warn with issues() function.
fix_pin_data() now strips leading/trailing spaces from pin information.
Fixed incorrect y-offset of pins for symbols that only have pins along the right side.
The number of pins in a bundle is now appended to the pin name instead of an ‘*’.
Added capability to insert non-existent “gap” pins that divide groups of pins into sections.
future module requirement added to setup.py.
Now runs under both Python 2.7 and 3.4.
The bundling option now only bundles pins where that operation makes sense: power input pins (e.g., VCC and GND) and no-connect pins.
Input data from the CSV file is now scanned for errors and fixed before it can cause problems in the library file.
Added reader functions for Xilinx Virtex-6 and Spartan-6.
Broke-out reader functions into separate modules.
TXT and CSV files are now acceptable as part data files, but the reader has to be built to handle it.
Fuzzy string matching is now used for the column headers.
Choice-type options are now case-insensitive.
Multiple parts can now be described in a single CSV file.
Added function and option for reading Cypress PSoC5LP CSV files.
Simplified key generators for sorting pins by name or number.
Improved ordering of pins by name.
Added option for approximate (fuzzy) matching for pin types, styles and orientations (sides).
Multiple pins with the same name are now hidden by reducing their pin number size to zero (rather than enabling the hidden flag which can cause problems with power-in pins).
Symbols can now have pins on any combination of left, right, top and bottom sides.
Added option to append parts to an existing library.
Refactored kipart routine into subroutines.
Fixed calculation of pin name widths.
Made CSV row order the default for arranging pins on the schematic symbol.
Fixed sorting key routine for numeric pin numbers.
Spaces are now stripped between fields in a CSV file.
First release on PyPI.
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