Altium Designer Documentation


Created: August 8, 2017 | Updated: August 8, 2017

Parent page: UnifiedComponent Commands

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

Applied Parameters: None


This command is used to release component definitions from the active Component Library, into corresponding Component Items within the linked folder of the target Altium Vault. The release process is simply the act of generating a new revision of each targeted Item. The release process is performed from within the Release Manager dialog.


This command is accessed from the Component Library Editor by choosing the File » Release to <TargetVaultName> command, from the main menus.

The command only becomes available provided the Component Library has already been linked to the target Altium Vault, using the Link Library to Vault command. In addition, the command is only available for a Component Library that has not been accessed through the vault's direct editing feature. That is, a CmpLib file accessed from outside of an Altium Vault, and not through use of the Edit command associated with a Component Item in the Vaults panel.


After launching the command, the Release Manager dialog will appear. This is a modified version of the full Release Manager dialog, the difference being that in this context it is used to release the single, active library document, rather than batch-release multiple libraries in a nominated source folder.

Analysis and file preparation are automatically performed. The release process simply becomes a 3-step affair:

  1. Exclude any components you do not want to be released, by unchecking their associated Enable option.
All components that are not yet released, or have been released, but have been modified in some way, are automatically included in the release (Enable option checked). If a component has not been modified in any way since its last release, it will be excluded from the next release (Enable option unchecked).
  1. Enter any Notes as required (a Comment and/or Description) for each component being released. By default, these are automatically populated with the values for the system parameters (Comment and Description).
  2. Click the Release Items button.

The Confirm Release dialog will appear, allowing you to review the release actions either at a summary level, or at a more detailed level. If the release actions are correct, proceed to release by pressing OK.

Back in the Release Manager dialog, the Action-Status field will display Release Running..., changing to Release Succeeded on completion of the process – provided the release was successful.

Where a definition is being released for the first time, a new Component Item will be created in the target folder within the vault, with the specified ID, and linked back to that definition.

Once released, you can browse the component(s) directly in the vault using the Vaults panel. Jump directly to a Component Item in the vault from the Component Library, by right-clicking on its component definition and choosing the Show in Explorer command.


  1. The released data stored in the vault (in each revision of the Component Item) consists of links to the released domain models and the parametric information.


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