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Altium Designer has a dedicated KiCad importer

Use Altium’s dedicated importer to migrate your KiCad projects. The Import Wizard tool in Altium Designer converts your KiCad projects to Altium’s file format in minutes.

Take your libraries with you

When you access the Import Wizard, you’ll have the option to convert your KiCad libraries into Altium’s library format. Start using your components in Altium projects immediately.

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The Import Wizard includes a process specifically for converting KiCad files. The tool helps you minimize cleanup in your converted schematics, PCB layouts, and components.

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Switching from KiCad EDA to
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Prepare Your
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Ensure data is saved in KiCad file formats (*.KICAD_PCB, *.SCH, *.PRO, and *.LIB)


Convert Your Projects

The Import Wizard in Altium Designer quickly converts KiCad project data to Altium’s file format

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Start updating your converted designs and reuse your KiCad parts libraries in new Altium Designer projects

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Step-By-Step Guide to Migrate from KiCad

Read our migration guide and technical documentation to see how to access and use the KiCad Importer.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Which KiCad files are needed for migration?

Users only need their .PRO, .SCH, and .KICAD_PCB files to migrate from KiCad to Altium Designer. To convert models and components, .LIB files are also needed.

How much rework is needed after importing?

The amount of rework varies for 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 KiCad?

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

Can we import existing parts libraries?

Yes, KiCad parts and component libraries can be converted into Altium’s library format as long as .LIB files are available.

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

The KiCad Importer completes its initial steps in a matter of minutes. The remaining layer matching steps also take a few minutes to manually complete. it’s a good idea to have the KiCad project open during the layer matching process. As with any importer, it is advisable to review the converted files to ensure no cleanup is needed.

What happens to KiCad-specific features?

Some features in KiCad 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 cleanup process is short and can usually be completed in a few minutes for smaller projects.

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