Altium Designer Documentation

Open Managed Project

Created: July 28, 2015 | Updated: June 19, 2017

The Open Managed Project dialog.
The Open Managed Project dialog.


The Open Managed Project dialog is used to access Managed Projects stored in a repository connected to your Altium Vault. A managed project is one that is stored in a version control repository, and that repository has been connected to an Altium Vault. The advantage of storing your design as a managed project is that you get the benefits of managing the design files under version control, without you needing to engage in the version control process. You can easily access, open, edit and save project documents, in a transparent way - with modifed files being checked in whenever you run the Save Managed Project command.

For information about version control and repositories, see Version Control and Design Repositories.


This dialog can be accessed by selecting the File » Open Managed Project command. The command is only available if the installation of Altium Designer is currently signed in to an Altium Vault (DXP » Sign In Altium Vault).


Click the Simple Mode or Advanced Mode button to toggle the dialog between the following modes:

Simple Mode

  • Simple - enter the name and a description for the managed project, and click OK to convert it.

The following options are available in Simple Mode:

Managed Projects

This grid displays a list of the managed projects available in the selected repository.

  • Project name - name of the project file, displayed without the file extension.
  • Description - description added when the managed project was created, or an existing project converted.
  • Local copy - indicates if a local, working copy already exists. Note that if there is a local copy, this will be opened. If there is not a local copy, then a copy is checked out into the working folder, and then opened in Altium Designer.

Advanced Mode

  • Advanced - as well entering the name and a description for the managed project, this mode includes controls to select and locate the repository, and to configure the working folder location.

The following options become available in Advanced Mode:

Managed Repository

These controls are used to select the repository that will holds the managed project, and to configure where the working copy is to be stored.

  • Repository - This drop-down will include all repositories currently connected to your Altium Vault. To add additional repositories, click the button to open the Preferences dialog at the Data Management - Design Repositories page.
  • Repository Path - The field on the left is a read-only field that shows the path to the selected repository. The field on the right is the name of the folder that will be created to store the managed project in - it will default to the same name as the project, enter a new name if required.
  • Working Copy Path - Displays the current location of the working copy. Click in the field to display the  button, click the button to browse and select a different working folder.
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