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KiCad 5.1.5 - Generating Gerber and Drill Files

How to output Gerber and Drill Files from KiCad 5.1.5

Generating Gerbers

Step 1:open PCB design file  to Plot window

Open your PCB design file in KiCad 5.1.5 and go to [File] -> [Plot]  to open the gerber generation tool.

Step 2: set the path to output Gerber files

At the top of the pop-up window, you’ll see the folder location for your files, click [browse]. Make sure you’re in your project directory. 

Make a new folder called Gerbers, select it and click select folder. Click Yes if asked to use a relative path.

Step 3: set layers information and other options
On the left side, you’ll see which layers from our board design we want to turn into Gerber files.

Select all the layers you need. For a simple PCB, you’ll need the

  • Top and Bottom silkscreen layers
  • Front and back copper
  • Edge cuts

The In1 and In2 layers are only needed for 4-layer boards.

Make sure the front and back copper layers are checked as well as the front and back silkscreen layers. Check front mask, back mask, and edge cuts.

The mask layers show where solder mask needs to go and the edge cuts layer is our board outline with the slot cut out at the top. 
It also gives us which options we need to check. 

Make sure that the “Exclude PCB edge layer from other layers” is checked. We want the part reference designators to show up on the board so leave that checked. But we don’t want the values to be printed, so uncheck “Plot footprint values”. 


Step 4: generate the Gerber files

Click "Plot" and the Gerber files will be generated and saved in the Gerbers folder.

Step 5: generate the drill files

Click “Generate Drill File“. Check the below options and leave everything else to default. 

  • "Inches" 
  • "Decimal format"
  • "Postscript"

Click “Generate Drill File” and you should see a message in the bottom text window indicating that new files were created. 

click "Close" to exit the Generate Drill File windows. All of the files should have appeared in your gerbers folder.

Step 6: Check and Verify the outputed Files  

It is necessary and important to proofread the exported Gerber files and drilling files.

how to open the outputed Files and check it ? please upload your zip file to here , you can see the renderings of exported Gerber files and drilling files online. For complex PCB, it is recommended to open it by the software "CAM350".

Step 7: Zip all of oupput files as a .zip or .rar archive file 

zip all files as a .zip or .rar archive file.

You can get a quotation on the PCBBay quotation page. We recommend that you give the files a quick check before confirming the order.