Altium Designer Documentation


Created: July 27, 2015 | Updated: April 11, 2017
Now reading version 17.1. For the latest, read: OpenURL for version 21
Applies to Altium Designer versions: 15.1, 16.0, 16.1, 17.0 and 17.1

Parent page: Schematic Commands

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

Applied Parameters: ContextSensitive=True


This command provides an alternative method by which to follow the link URL defined for a placed Hyperlink object.


This command is accessed from the Schematic Editor by right-clicking over a placed Hyperlink object and choosing the Hyperlink » Open <DefinedURL> command from the context menu.


After launching the command, the target URL will be opened either within the software, or in an external browser, in accordance with your defined preference.

The target URL will open either as a tabbed document inside Altium Designer, or in an external browser, depending on the state of the option to Open internet links in external Web browser. This option can be found on the System – View page of the Preferences dialog.


  1. An alternative way to open the defined URL is to simply hover the cursor over the hyperlink. After a short delay, a pop-up with the URL will appear. Click this to open the URL. The pop-up containing the URL is a feature of the software's Design Insight System. Specifically, it is obtained by enabling the Hyperlink Insight aspect of the system. This is done on the System – Design Insight page of the Preferences dialog. As with other elements of the system, you can configure the launch style for the pop-up – Mouse Hover and/or Alt+Double Click.
  2. When configuring the hyperlink, you don't need to enter the full URL with http:// prefix. Entering the short-form address for a website will also work, for example, or However, the http:// prefix is required if you want to open the URL in an external Web browser.


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