Tutorial: Working with the Part Library

QCAD comes with a part library browser. That's a widget that allows you to browse drawings (usually symbols or other reusable drawing components) and insert them into your drawing.

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Finding CAD Components

Any collection of DXF or DWG (and to a certain degree SVG) files can be used with QCAD as a part library.

Some legacy part library items are available from our site at:

https://www.qcad.org/qcad-add-ons

However, there are countless online resources that offer free and payed collections of DXF/DWG files for use in any CAD system. Depending on your specific needs, you can use a search engine to look for existing DXF/DWG files with CAD symbols or blocks.

Here are just a few such sites which have collections of DXF/DWG files:

Countless other resources can be found using an Internet browser. Search for "DXF" and a keyword you are interested in, for example "DXF electrical symbols" or more specific "DXF electrical outlet", etc. 

Adding Files to the Library Browser

Once you have downloaded DXF/DWG files and extracted them if they came as a ZIP file, you need to tell QCAD where to find these files.

Let's assume you have downloaded various DXF files into C:\Users\User\MyLibrary and sub folders thereof.

To tell QCAD where to look for this library of CAD files, add this path under
Edit > Application Preferences > Widgets > Library Browser > Library Sources > Add

After restarting QCAD, the library browser will show a new library (e.g. "MyLibrary") with all the subfolders and items in it:

Working with a File Explorer / Finder

As an alternative to working with the QCAD Library Browser, you might find it more convenient to work with your favorite file browser instead. If you keep QCAD and any file browser open side-by-side, you can simply drag files over into your drawing area to insert them as blocks.

Extracting ZIP Archives

If you need help extracting downloaded ZIP files, please refer to one of these links: