Altium file extensions

Altium file extensions DEFAULT

Altium Designer pictureAltium Designer works with the following file extensions:

Note: You can click on any file extension link from the list below, to view its detailed information. The list of extensions used or otherwise associated with the application may not be complete, because many common file extensions on our website, such as jpg (pictures) or txt (text files), can be opened by a large number of applications, or are too general file format. However most, if not all directly associated file extensions should be listed with its appropriate program. Although its likely, that some file extensions may be missing from the list of associated file extensions with the application, yet they can be opened, be part of, or otherwise be associated with the program.

Altium Designer default file extension associations

alf file icon.alfapr_lib file icon.apr_libckt file icon.cktdblib file icon.dblibdblink file icon.dblinkddb file icon.ddbdrl file icon.drldrr file icon.drrelk file icon.elkers file icon.ersg1 file icon.g1g14 file icon.g14g15 file icon.g15g4 file icon.g4gal file icon.galgbl file icon.gblgbo file icon.gbogbp file icon.gbpgbs file icon.gbsgdd file icon.gddgko file icon.gkogm1 file icon.gm1gm2 file icon.gm2gp1 file icon.gp1gp2 file icon.gp2gp3 file icon.gp3gpt file icon.gptgtl file icon.gtlgts file icon.gtsoutjob file icon.outjobpcb file icon.pcbpcbdoc file icon.pcbdocpcblib file icon.pcblibpho file icon.phopik file icon.pikprjpcb file icon.prjpcbrou file icon.rouschdoc file icon.schdocschlib file icon.schlib

Other file extensions associated with Altium Designer

g12 file icon.g12g13 file icon.g13g2 file icon.g2g5 file icon.g5gpb file icon.gpbgto file icon.gto

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Importing and Exporting Design Files

Altium Designer incorporates a wide variety of importer and translator technologies, allowing you to easily import designs originating from previous versions of Altium software, or alternative software packages.

To make use of the importer/exporter technologies available in Altium Designer, you must install the relevant functionality, as part of the Altium Designer Platform itself. The core design functionality for your installation can be modified at any time after installation, and directly from within the Extensions & Updates view (DXP » Extensions and Updates). From the Installed page, simply click the Configure control, at the top-right of the Platform region. This accesses the Configure Platform page, presenting the core feature set for the software, and is identical in content to that found on the Select Design Functionality page of the Altium Designer Installer. Enable the required functionality in the Importers\Exporters region of this page.

The information on this page is now out of date and is scheduled for update. Starting from Altium Designer 15.0, the way in which third-party files are imported into the active project or document, and the way in which the active document is exported into a third-party format, was changed. No longer do you need to remember, and hunt, for the required file format in the Open or Save As dialogs. Now, the importers and exporters for the formats you need are accessible directly from an editor's main File menu. Simply use the File » Import, or File » Export sub-menus to choose the file format required. The importers/exporters available will depend on the active document's type. The Save As and Save Copy As commands are now used exclusively for saving the current file in a native Altium Designer format. For more information, see Intuitive Import and Export.

Supported Import File Formats

The following provides an overview of what file types can be imported into Altium Designer. The method of import may differ between different file types, and are detailed in the sections thereafter.

  • All previous Protel/Altium Schematic files/libraries
  • All previous Protel/Altium PCB files/libraries
  • Protel 99SE Design Database (*.ddb)
  • P-CAD V16 or V17 Binary Schematic design files (*.sch)
  • P-CAD V16 or V17 ASCII Schematic design files (*.sch)
  • P-CAD V15, V16, or V17 Binary PCB design files (*.pcb)
  • P-CAD V15, V16, or V17 ASCII PCB design files (*.pcb)
  • P-CAD V16 or V17 Binary Library files (*.lib)
  • P-CAD V16 or V17 ASCII Library files (*.lia)
  • P-CAD PDIF file (*.pdf)
  • Tango PCB ASCII files (*.pcb)
  • CircuitMaker Schematics (*.ckt)
  • CircuitMaker User Libraries (*.lib)
  • CircuitMaker Device Libraries (*.lib)
  • Eagle Schematic (*.sch)
  • Eagle PCB (*.pcb)
  • Eagle Library (*.lbr)
  • OrCAD Capture Designs (*.dsn)
  • OrCAD Capture Libraries (*.olb)
  • OrCAD Layout PCB documents (*.max)
  • OrCAD PCB Libraries (*.llb)
  • OrCAD CIS Configuration file (*.dbc)
  • OrCAD SDT (*.sch)
  • PADS Layout ASCII Design files (*.asc)
  • PADS Layout ASCII Decal Libraries (*.d)
  • PADS Logic ASCII Design files (*.txt)
  • PADS Logic ASCII CAE Decal Libraries (*.c)
  • PADS Logic ASCII Part Type Libraries (*.p)
  • DxDesigner Designs and Libraries
  • Expedition files (*.pcb, *.lib)
  • CADSTAR Schematic Archive (*.csa)
  • CADSTAR PCB Archive (*.cpa)
  • CADSTAR Part Library (*.lib)
  • Allegro binary PCB (*.brd)
  • Allegro ASCII PCB (*.alg)
  • Specctra Design file (*.dsn)
  • AutoCAD DWG/DXF (*.dwg, *.dxf)

Importing via the File » Open Command

A range of file types can be imported via the Choose Document to Open dialog, accessed through File»Open. Set the Files of type option to the required (and supported) file format.

Importing documents using the Choose Document to Open dialog.

Some file types cannot be imported using the File»Open command, and are only imported through use of the Import Wizard. It is advised to use the Import Wizard in the first instance, especially when importing both design files and their related libraries into a new Altium Designer project and its constituent documents.

Importing into the active document using the File » Import command

Certain file types can be imported directly into the active schematic or PCB document using the File»Import command.

Schematic

  • AutoCAD DWG/DXF (*.dwg, *.dxf)

PCB

Use the Import File dialog to specify the file type to import from one of the following:

  • AutoCAD (*.dxf, *.dwg)
  • Gerber Batch (*.g??, *.g?)
  • P-CAD PDIF files (*.pdf)
  • SDRC-IDF Board files (*.brd)
  • Single Gerber files (*.g*)
  • Specctra Route file (*.rte)
  • Tango PCB ASCII file (*.pcb)

Importing via the Import Wizard

Altium Designer also includes a unified means of importing designs from a variety of different design tools, using the Import Wizard. The wizard walks you through the import process, handling both the schematic and PCB parts of the project, as well as managing the relationship between them. Select File»Import Wizard to launch the Wizard. The Import Wizard can be used to import the following types of design files:

File Types

Description

Protel 99SE DDB Files

99SE DDB (*.ddb)

Cadence® Allegro® Design Files

Allegro binary PCB (*.brd), Allegro ASCII PCB (*.alg)

Zuken CADSTAR® Designs and Libraries

CADSTAR Schematic Archive (*.csa), CADSTAR PCB Archive (*.cpa), CADSTAR Part Library (*.lib)

CircuitMaker 2000 Schematics and Libraries

CircuitMaker Schematics (*.ckt), CircuitMaker User Libraries (*.lib), CircuitMaker Device Libraries (*.lib)

Mentor Graphics® DxDesigner® Designs and Libraries

DxDesigner Designs, DxDesigner Libraries

Mentor Graphics® Expedition® Designs and Libraries

Mentor Expedition files (*.pcb, *.lib).

Cadence® OrCAD® Designs and Libraries

OrCAD Capture Designs (*.dsn), OrCAD Layout PCB documents (*.max), OrCAD Capture Libraries (*.olb), and OrCAD PCB Libraries (*.llb)

Cadence® OrCAD® CIS Configuration Files and Libraries

OrCAD CIS Configuration file (*.dbc) and OrCAD Library files (*.llb, *.olb)

Mentor Graphics® PADS® Layout and PADS® Logic Designs and Libraries

PADS Layout ASCII Design files (*.asc), PADS Layout ASCII Decal Libraries (*.d), PADS Logic ASCII Design files (*.txt), PADS Logic ASCII CAE Decal Libraries (*.c), PADS Logic ASCII Part Type Libraries (*.p)

Cadence® OrCAD® and Mentor Graphics® PADS® Designs and Libraries

OrCAD Capture files (*.dsn), OrCAD Schematic Library files (*.olb), PADS Logic ASCII Design files (*.txt), PADS Layout ASCII Decal Libraries (*.d), PADS Logic ASCII CAE Decal Libraries (*.c), PADS Logic ASCII Part Type Libraries (*.p)

P-CAD Designs and Libraries

P-CAD V16 or V17 Binary Schematic design files (*.sch), P-CAD V16 or V17 ASCII Schematic design files (*.sch), P-CAD V15, V16, or V17 Binary PCB design files (*.pcb), P-CAD V15, V16, or V17 ASCII PCB design files (*.pcb), P-CAD V16 or V17 Binary Library files (*.lib), P-CAD V16 or V17 ASCII Library files (*.lia)

CadSoft® EAGLE™ schematic, PCB and Libraries EAGLE design files saved with EAGLE version 6.4.0 (or later). These files are XML-format – EAGLE binary-format design files cannot be imported using the EAGLE Importer, they must first be saved in XML-format in EAGLE.

The Import Wizard supports importing from a large variety of design tools.

Exporting Design Files

Schematic and PCB design files can be exported into various formats – including previous versions of Altium's software or alternate software packages. PCB assemblies can also be exported as 3D STEP model files for use in mechanical CAD packages. Export of files is performed using the File»Save As command, or the File»Save Copy As command.

Exporting design files using the File»Save As command.

Supported Export File Formats

Schematic Editor

  • Altium Schematic Binary (*.SchDoc)
  • Altium Schematic ASCII (*.SchDoc)
  • Altium Schematic binary 4.0 (*.sch)
  • Altium Schematic ASCII (*.SchDoc)
  • OrCAD SDT Schematic (*.sch)
  • OrCAD v7 Capture Design (*.dsn)
  • Altium Schematic Template (*.SchDot)
  • AutoCAD DWG/DXF (*.dwg, *.dxf)

PCB Editor

  • Altium PCB Binary (*.PcbDoc)
  • Altium PCB binary V3.0, V4.0 (*.PCB)
  • Altium PCB binary V5.0 (*.PcbDoc)
  • Altium PCB ASCII (*.PcbDoc)
  • Protel Netlist (*.net)
  • AutoCAD DWG/DXF (*.dwg, *.dxf)
  • HyperLynx (*.hyp)
  • P-CAD ASCII (*.pcb)
  • Protel PCB 2.8 ASCII (*.pcb)
  • Protel Netlist (*.net)
  • Specctra Design File (*.dsn)
  • SDRC-IDF Brd Files (*.brd)
  • STEP (*.step, *.stp)
  • SiSoft Files (*.csv)
  • Ansoft Neutral File (*.anf)

Schematic Library Editor

  • Altium Schematic Binary Library (*.SchLib)
  • Altium V4.0 Schematic Binary Library (*.lib)
  • OrCAD Capture Schematic Library (*.olb)
  • P-CAD V16 Schematic Library (*.lia)

PCB Library Editor

  • Altium PCB Library (*.PcbLib)
  • Altium V3.0, V4.0 Library (*.lib)
  • Altium V5.0 Library (*.PcbLib)
  • P-CAD V16 PCB Library (*.lia)

See Also

Sours: https://techdocs.altium.com/display/ADOH/Importing%2Band%2BExporting%2BDesign%2BFiles
How to create Gerber Files and NC Drill Files in Altium Designer

Altium Designer

According to our registry, Altium Designer is capable of opening the files listed below. It is possible that Altium Designer can convert between the listed formats as well, the application’s manual can provide information about it.

System requirements

The precise system requirements for the Altium Designer application are included in the software’s manual. You can find the manual in electronic format on Altium Designer’s website as well. We cannot provide support for this product, so in case of a problem, turn to the developer of Altium Designer!

Important! There is a lot of dangerous content on the Internet, so you should only install applications coming from a trusted source onto your computer! You put your private information into danger by opening files coming from an unreliable source.

Altium Designer website

We regularly check the links on our pages, but it’s possible that a link no longer works or it doesn’t lead to the right page. If you find a faulty link, then contact us at our [email protected] e-mail address!

File types

There are currently 37 file extension(s) associated to the Altium Designer application in our database.

.drl
Altium Binary Drill File
.drr
Altium Drill Report File
.ddb
Protel 99SE Design Database
.pcbdoc
Altium PCB Document
.pcblib
Protel PCB 3.0 Binary Library
.pcbprj
Altium PCB Project
.schdoc
Altium Designer Schematic File
.schlib
Altium Designer Schematic Library
.intlib
Altium Designer Integrated Library
.dblib
Altium Designer Database Library
.svndblib
Altium Designer Subversion Database Library
.cmplib
Altium Designer Component Library
.prjemb
Altium Designer Embedded Software Design Project
.prjfpg
Altium Designer FPGA Design Project
.openbus
Altium Designer OpenBus System Document
.pcb3dlib
Altium Designer PCB 3D Model
.prjpcb
Altium Designer PCB Design Project
.prjcor
Altium Designer Core Project
.simodel
Altium Designer Signal Integrity Model
.libpkg
Altium Designer Integrated Library Package
.prjscr
Altium Designer Script Project
.simmodel
Altium Designer Simulation Model
.elk
Altium Designer Linker Error Messages File
.ers
Altium Designer Assembler Error Messages File
.lsl
Altium Designer Linker Script
.pik
Protel 99 Pick and Place Data
.apr_lib
Altium Designer Aperture Library Data
.g5
CAMtastic Mid Layer Gerber Data
.pcbdwf
Altium Designer Draftsman Drawing
.dwfdot
Altium Designer Draftsman Document Template
.dwsdot
Altium Designer Draftsman Sheet Template
.dblink
Altium Designer Database Link
.outjob
Altium Designer OutputJob Data
.prjdoc
Altium Designer PCB Document
.schdot
Altium Designer Schematic Template
.alf
Altium Designer License Data
.gal
Altium Designer GAL Equation Data

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Sours: https://datatypes.net/altium-designer-file-types

Extensions altium file

Authoring Application Name

Design File

Native ECAD Tool Required

Other Export Formats Supported by Creo View

Comments

Creo Schematics

Yes

EDA

Native design files from Creo Schematics

ECAD Schematics

No

EDA

You can save a design as an EDA file. See Opening Files from Creo Schematics for information on supported functionality.

Altium Designer Layout

*.dsn

No

Gerber

ODB++

DSN

IDF

IPC-2581

Note that Layer side is incorrect for some layers in the *.cvg file.

Either export designs as a DSN or create a TGZ file in order to read into Creo View.

Altium Designer Schematic

*.dsnwrk

*.prjpcb

*.schdoc (ASCII file input)

No

Save each schematic sheet as an ASCII file.

Cadence Allegro Package Designer (APD)

*.mcm

*.sip

When using APD, for the correct Allegro fonts to be displayed in Creo View viewables, you must have version 16.6 or later installed and licensed.

If you do not have the tool installed, an approximate font is substituted, and it may appear different from the original in these ways:

• Font size

• Text position

To view some pad shapes introduced in Cadence 17, you must have Hotfix_SPB17.00.002 installed.

For all other cases, the tool is not required.

IDF

DSN (Router)

ODB++

Cadence Allegro DE-HDL/OrCAD CIS/PCB Designer

*.cpm

*.dsn

*.dra

*.mdd

*.bri

*.brd

When using Allegro PCB Designer, for the correct Allegro fonts to be displayed in Creo View viewables, you must have version 16.6 or later installed and licensed.

If you do not have the tool installed, an approximate font is substituted, and it may appear different from the original in these ways:

• Font size

• Text position

To view some pad shapes introduced in Cadence 17, you must have Hotfix_SPB17.00.002 installed.

For all other cases, the tool is not required.

IDF

DSN (Router)

ODB++

IPC-2581

Mentor Graphics EDM

*.edx

No

EDM

Mentor EDM generates Creo View viewables for Mentor EDM containing one PCB Layout design and one Schematic design.

Mentor Graphics xDX Designer/ Xpedition

*.hkp

*.pcb

*.prj

Interface for Mentor Graphics Expedition Enterprise 2007 is required. Mentor Graphics Expedition must be installed.

HKP

ODB++

IDF

Gerber

IPC-2581 revB

GenCAD

Decryptdata.exe is required in expedition tools folder.

Mentor Graphics PADS Layout

*.pcb

Yes

ASC

DSN

IDF

ODB++

Mentor Graphics PADS Logic

*.edf

Third-party EDIF 200 writers required.

Customer needs to purchase the application from Elgris Technologies [email protected]

Mentor Graphics PADS Professional Schematic and Layout

*.pcb

*.prj

Yes

GenCAD

Gerber

IDF

ODB++

Decryptdata.exe is required in expedition tools folder.

Zuken CR-5000 Board Designer

*.pcb

To view BMB files, the native ECAD tool is not required.

To generate intermediate BMB files, Zuken Board Designer must be installed.

IDF

BMB

IPC-2581

To open IDF files from Board Designer in Creo View, you must change the file extension from *.brd to *.bdf.

From Creo View 4.0, when synchronizing with a schematic design, the pin name is used. Previously the pin number was used, which is an internally generated number.

Zuken CR–5000 System Designer

*.cir directory (*.sht files)

Yes

EDIF 200

Zuken CR-8000 Design Force

*.dsgn

Yes

ODB++

IPC-2581

BMB

If the DESIGN TYPE attribute value is not available, the PART NAME is displayed instead.

Zuken CR-8000 Design Gateway

*.cir directory (*.sht files)

Yes

EDIF 200

Sours: https://support.ptc.com/help/creo/view/r5.1/en/creo_view/Supported_ECAD_File_Formats.html
Tutorial 5 for Altium Beginners: Generating Manufacturing Outputs

Defining File Type Preferences for Altium Designer

Parent page: Accessing, Defining & Managing System Preferences

The System - File Types page of the Preferences dialog
The System - File Types page of the Preferences dialog

Summary

The System – File Types page of the Preferences dialog allows you to define the file types associated with the software.

Access

This page is accessed by clicking File Types under the System folder in the main Preferences dialog (accessed by clicking the button in the top right corner of the workspace).

Options/Controls

  • Associated File Types 
    • Supported Extensions - this region is a list of all the file types supported by the software. 
      • Register - associate the file type by checking the box.
      • Extension - the extension of the file.
      • Description - a description of the listed file.
    • All On - click to check all file types.
    • All Off - click to uncheck all file types.
    • Group on - click to check all file types within a group once a file type is selected.
    • Group off - click to uncheck all file types within a group once a file type is selected.
    • Selected on - click to check the box of a selected file type.
    • Selected off - click to uncheck the box of a selected file type.
Sours: https://www.altium.com/documentation/altium-designer/workspacemanager-dlg-sysprefsform-filetypessystem-file-types-ad

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File Format (PCB)


The File Format dialog

Summary

The File Format dialog allows you to save the PCB document in a different file format.

Access

After modifying a binary version 3.0, or 4.0, or 5.0 PCB document, click File » Save from the main menus to open this dialog.

Options/Controls

  • PCB Binary Version 6.0 - select to save the current PCB document in PCB Binary version 6.0 format supported by Altium Designer 6.3.
  • PCB Binary Version 5.0 - select to save the current PCB document in PCB Binary version 5.0 format supported by Altium Designer.
  • PCB Binary Version 4.0 - select to save the current PCB document in PCB Binary version 4.0 format supported by Protel 99SE. The features introduced in Altium Designer will be lost in this format.
  • PCB Binary Version 3.0 - select to save the current PCB document in PCB Binary version 3.0 format supported by Protel 98 and onwards. The features introduced in Altium Designer will be lost in this format.
  • PCB ASCII Version 5.0 - select to save the current PCB document in PCB ASCII version 5.0 format.
Sours: https://www.altium.com/documentation/altium-designer/pcb-dlg-confirmfileformatformfile-format-pcb-ad


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