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Use the industry’s best migration tool to import your designs

Use a built-in importer to convert your designs

The Import Wizard in Altium Designer converts your OrCAD database to Altium’s format in minutes.

Take your libraries with you

The migration process converts your OrCAD libraries into Altium’s library format.

Minimal cleanup required

The Import Wizard helps you minimize cleanup in your converted schematics and PCB layouts.

Easy to learn, easy to use

Once you’ve converted your projects, you can instantly start working on your designs in an intuitive user interface.

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Switching from OrCAD to
Altium Designer in 3 Simple Steps:


Prepare Your
OrCAD Files

Ensure data is saved in OrCAD file formats (*.BRD, *.DSN, *.OLB, and *.LLB)


Convert Designs

Use the Import Wizard in Altium Designer to convert to Altium’s file format

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Start Working in Altium Designer

You can start updating your converted files and reuse your OrCAD libraries in new Altium Designer projects

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Step-By-Step Guide to Migrate from OrCAD

Our migration guide shows you how to use the Import Wizard in Altium Designer to convert an OrCAD project into Altium’s file format.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Which OrCAD files are needed for migration?

Users only need their .BRD and .DSN files to migrate from OrCAD to Altium Designer. To convert models and components, .OLB and .DRA files are also needed.

How much rework is needed after importing?

The amount of rework varies with each project, but the Import Wizard in Altium Designer was engineered to minimize any required cleanup. After running the Import Wizard, make sure to view the migration log and review the converted design for any required changes.

Can we go back and forth between using Altium Designer and OrCAD?

After converting your files to the Altium Designer file format, your original files will still be available and can be accessed in OrCAD.

Can we import existing parts libraries?

Yes, all OrCAD parts and component libraries can be converted into Altium’s library format.

How long does it take to convert a project to Altium Designer?

It takes just a few minutes for the Import Wizard to complete the conversion process. As with any importer, it is advisable to review the converted files to ensure no cleanup is needed.

What happens to OrCAD-specific features?

Some features in OrCAD files may not translate as expected. Therefore, it is essential to review specific features before finalizing your converted files. Please refer to our migration guide to see what features should be reviewed and if any cleanup is required. The overall process is short and can usually be completed in a few minutes for smaller projects.

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