Altium Designer Documentation


Created: May 13, 2019 | Updated: May 13, 2019

Parent page: IntegratedLibrary Commands

The following pre-packaged resource, derived from this base command, is available:

Applied Parameters: None


This command is used to add the parent library - for the currently selected component in the Libraries panel - to Altium Designer's Installed Libraries list, therefore making it available to all projects.


After performing a search for components/models through the Libraries Search dialog, this command is accessed by right-clicking on an entry in the Query Results listing, and choosing the Install Current Library command from the context menu.

The command will only be present on the right-click menu, when the parent library for the selected component/model is currently not part of the software's Available Libraries. This can only happen when the search was performed in a specified folder.


After launching the command, the parent library for the currently selected component/model will be added to the Installed Libraries list. This can be verified by accessing the Installed tab of the Available Libraries dialog, which will have been updated to reflect the addition.


  1. The full list of libraries available to the current project (the Available Libraries) is made up of the following:
    1. Project Libraries - those libraries that have actually been added to the active project, and appear listed as constituent documents for the project in the Projects panel.
    2. Installed Libraries - those libraries that are available for all projects. This list is persistent across design sessions. Project libraries may be added to this list, but are not initially part of it. Supported library formats can be installed from file (on a local or network drive), or from an Altium Vault. In the latter case, you are simply creating a named collection of Vault folders, containing the Component Items that you wish to have access to through the Libraries panel.
    3. Libraries that have been found along the Library Search Paths defined for the project. These paths are defined on the Search Paths tab of the Options For Project dialog. Clicking the Paths button will take you directly to this tab, from where you can define further search paths, or modify existing ones as required.


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