Altium Designer Documentation

Data Management - Installed Libraries

Modified by Susan Riege on Apr 11, 2017

Parent page: Data Management Preferences

Summary

The Data Management – Installed Libraries page of the Preferences dialog provides controls to manage the Installed Libraries list. The libraries defined on this list are part of the Altium Designer environment, and so components/models within are available to all open projects.

The Installed Libraries list is reflected in, and is also affected by changes made through, the Installed tab of the Available Libraries dialog. This dialog is accessed by clicking the Libraries button, at the top of the Libraries panel.

Access

The Data Management – Installed Libraries page is part of the main Preferences dialog and is accessed by clicking the Installed Libraries entry under the Data Management folder, in the left-hand pane of the dialog.

Options/Controls

Installed Libraries List

This, the main region of the page, presents the list of installed libraries that are available to your design projects in Altium Designer. The following supported library types can be added to the list:

  • Integrated Library
  • Schematic Library
  • PCB 2D/3D Component Model Library
  • Database Library
  • SVN Database Library
  • PCB 3D Model Library
  • Vault Library

For each entry in the list, the following information is presented:

  • Library Name - the name of the library. For non-vault libraries, the extension is also included.
  • Activated - use this control to determine whether the library is activated, and therefore available for use (enabled), or deactivated, and therefore not available for use (disabled). A deactivated library is treated as though it had been uninstalled but remains in the installed library so it can be quickly re-activated.
  • Path - where the library resides. The entry here depends on the library type:
    • Non-Vault Library - the path to the library, relative to the nominated path specified in the Library Path Relative To field.
    • Vault Library - the path (within the Altium Vault's folder structure) to each vault folder specified within the 'vault library'.
  • Type - the library's type.

Additional Controls

  • Library Path Relative To - any libraries added to the Installed Libraries list are installed relative to the folder specified in this field. Click on the folder icon at the right of this field to browse to the required folder, or enter the path to it directly. For a default installation of Altium Designer, library paths are relative to the following folder: \Users\Public\Documents\Altium\AD16\Library.
The Library Path Relative To field only affects the non-vault library types. Constituent vault folders of a named 'vault library' are unaffected.
While you can enter a full path to a library by editing its Path entry, be aware that the path will change to be relative to the specified path in the Library Path Relative To field, after closing and opening the Preferences dialog.
Use of a relative path makes it easy to switch between different sets of libraries and control the source of components in your designs. Changing the entry for the path in the Library Path Relative To field will automatically reload those existing libraries in the list that are found at the new location.
A library that is not found along the specified relative path will be highlighted by the use of red text for its entry in the list. The entry in its Type field will change to Not Found, and it will be automatically deactivated. A libray that cannot be found cannot be activated.
  • Move Up - click this button to move the selected library upward in the list (where possible).
  • Move Down - click this button to move the selected library downward in the list (where possible).
The order of the libraries in the list will be the order they appear within the corresponding drop-down on the Libraries panel.
  • Install - click this button to access a menu offering the following installation commands:
    • Install from file - choose this command to access a standard Open dialog, from where to browse to, and open, the required standard, file-based library type (*.IntLib, *.SchLib, *.PcbLib , *.DbLib , *.SVNDbLib , *.PCB3DLib ).
    • Install from Vault - choose this command to access the Vault Library dialog. Provided you are connected to an Altium Vault, you will be able to use this dialog to create the vault 'library', defining its name, and the path to each vault folder to be included as part of that library.
  • Remove - click this button to remove the currently selected library(ies) from the list (select multiple libraries in the list using standard multi-select controls (Ctrl+click, Shift+click).

 

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