Supporting your need to work with design files in other formats and from other tools, Altium Designer provides an importer for Autodesk® EAGLE™ (Easily Applicable Graphical Layout Editor) design files and libraries (
Altium Designer's EAGLE Importer is able to import XML-format EAGLE design files saved with EAGLE versions 6.4 through to 9.4. These are XML-format in nature; EAGLE binary-format design files cannot be imported directly using the EAGLE Importer. For these older, binary version design files, it is advised to save them in this later (XML) format, through your EAGLE software, before attempting to import into Altium Designer.
The EAGLE Importer can be installed alongside all other importers and exporters as part of the initial installation of Altium Designer. Ensure that the EAGLE option - part of the Importers\Exporters functionality set - is enabled on the Select Design Functionality page of the Altium Designer Installer.
If support has not already been added during initial installation of the software, it can be added from the Configure Platform page when managing the extensions and updates for your installation through the Extensions & Updates view (click on the control at the top-right of the workspace then choose Extensions and Updates from the menu):
Import is performed using the Import Wizard (File » Import Wizard). Select the
EAGLE Projects and Designs entry to gain access to the EAGLE Import Wizard then click Next.
The EAGLE Import Wizard will guide you through the steps involved when importing these types of files including:
You have full control over where the generated Altium Designer project(s) and associated documents are to be located by specifying an output directory.
The proposed output structure is also displayed so you can see exactly what you're getting. If all is as required, proceed with the import by clicking Next. If you need to change anything, click the Back button. If you want to cancel out of the import, click Cancel.
Once the import process completes, click Finish in the Wizard to close it. The result of the import can be seen in the Projects panel and can be summarized as follows:
*.PrjPcb) is created per EAGLE
.lbrinvolved in the import.
*.sch) is imported into an Altium Designer Schematic document (
*.brd) is imported into an Altium Designer PCB document (
*.lbr) is imported as Altium Designer Schematic Library (
*.SchLib) and PCB Library (
*.PcbLib) documents. In addition, an integrated Library (
*.IntLib) is compiled based on these source libraries.
*.log) is generated for each imported file, which shows the results of analysis on the original EAGLE file, as well as any errors and warnings (if enabled for inclusion).
After importing your EAGLE design files, it is fairly common to check and possibly tweak a few things. The following is an example of a post-import procedure that may be undertaken. This is by no means an exhaustive, or indeed mandatory requirement, but more of a thought-provoking aid for possible items to consider post-import: