What is a .BRD File And How To Open It – KiCad (Easy Steps)

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Introduction

While downloading files, you might have downloaded a file with the .brd extension. It is important to know how to open this file – in order to be able to work with it. Don’t worry! This article explains everything about the .brd file extension, how to open and work with it on various systems.

What is a .BRD file?

The file extension .BRD is KiCad PCB Design File. This file extension belongs to the developer KiCad. The format of this CAD software file is text.

What to know

There is currently 1 software that can open the .brd file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .BRD file?

In this part of the article we will show you how to open the .BRD file on various operating systems.

How to open a .BRD file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

The .brd file can be opened in 4 steps on Windows.

1. In the first step you need to download the KiCad software. This software will be used for opening the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: KiCad.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .BRD file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the KiCad software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .BRD file on Mac

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .brd file on Mac in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the KiCad software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. The other software that you can use is KiCad.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .BRD file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the KiCad software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .BRD file on Linux

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .brd file on Linux in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the KiCad software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: KiCad.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .BRD file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the KiCad software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Linux.

Still cannot open the .BRD file?

If you cannot open the .BRD file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .BRD file.brd – Autodesk, .brd – Cadence Design Systems. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .BRD file with the KiCad program on Windows, KiCad program on Mac and KiCad software on Linux.