Report Manager

Now reading version 19.0. For the latest, read: Report Manager for version 22

Bill of Materials for PCB document    Bill of Materials for BOM document

                                                 Three variations of the Report Manager dialogThree variations of the Report Manager dialog


The Report Manager dialog enables you to configure a Bill of Materials report, or a Component Cross Reference report. You can configure the information for the report and export it in various formats. 

To learn more about preparing the BOM in the Report Manager, refer to the page, BOM Configuration in the Report Manager.


The dialog is accessed in the following ways:

  • For a Bill of Materials report:
    • Select Reports » Bill of Materials from a schematic or PCB document.
    • Select Reports » Bill of Materials from an ActiveBOM document (BomDoc).
    • Double-click on a Bill or Materials that has been added to an OutJob.
    • The dialog is also accessed from the Default Prints tab of the Project Options dialog (Project » Project Options). In the Report Outputs region, click Bill of Materials then click the Configure button. 
  • For a Component Cross Reference report:
    • Select Reports » Component Cross Reference from a schematic document.
    • Double-click on a Component Cross Reference Report that has been added to an OutJob.


View Mode

There are three view modes available to the display the list of BOM Items. Select the required mode using the buttons located above the list:

  • Flat view Flat view - click to displays a row for every component.
  • Base view Base view - click to display a row for each unique component in the project. The Designator column lists the designators of all components of this type.
  • Consolidated view Consolidated view - click to use when the project includes variants to display a Consolidated BOM for all variants.
The default grouping for the Base and Consolidated views is by the component ItemID for managed components, or Library Reference for unmanaged components. In the BomDoc this can be refined by enabling additional or alternative parameters in the Component Grouping dialog, accessed from the BomDoc's Properties panel.


If there are variants defined in the project they will be listed in the dropdown next to the View Mode selectors, choose the required variant from the dropdown. If Consolidated view is enabled, this control is disabled.

To learn more about the different types of variations, refer to the page, Design Variants


Click the  Preview button button to generate a preview of the BOM, based on the current settings of the File Format and Template options.


The main region of the Report Manager lists all of the components. If the project does not include a BomDoc this will be a list of all components placed in the schematic, if the project includes a BomDoc and additional BOM items have been added in it, these will also be included.

  • BOM Sets - use the drop-down to apply the chosen BOM Set to the BOM Items grid in the Report Manager.

BOM Items Options

  • Show Not Fitted - enable this option to display the Not Fitted Items in the BOM Item grid.

Components defined as Not Fitted for the chosen variant are removed, unless the Show Not Fitted option is enabled. To keep components that are Not Fitted in the BOM and explicitly mark them as such, enable the Show Not Fitted option and enable the Fitted column in the Columns tab of the dialog. For each component, an entry in this column reflects whether each component is Fitted or Not Fitted for the chosen variant. The value entered into the Quantity column for a component that is Not Fitted on the chosen variant, is zero (0).

  • Include Alternative Items - enable this option to include alternate items in the BOM. The Alternative Item is displayed on a new line below the original part.
  • Include DB Parameters in Variations - if there are database components that have been placed via a DbLink/DbLib/SVNDbLib file and those components are varied in a design Variant, enable this option to update the database parameters when the selected variant is changed.

The BOM Items list supports the following features:

  • Use the Columns tab in the Properties region of the dialog to display/hide a column.
  • Drag and drop to change the order of columns.
  • Click a column heading to sort by that column; hold Shift to sub-sort on subsequent column(s).
  • Click the Filter icon (Filter icon) to filter by column values.
  • Select cells using standard Windows selection techniques.
  • Copy cell contents from the BOM Items list.
  • Use the standard Windows shortcuts to scroll through the list of BOM Items:
    • Vertical scroll - MouseWheel Roll
    • Horizontal scroll - Shift + MouseWheel Roll

Supply Chain

Supplier data is available only when generating a report for the project. It is not available when generating a report for a PCB document.
  • Production Quantity - enter the quantity or use the arrows to select the quantity that needs to be ordered to produce the given product quantity.
  • Currency - use the drop-down to select the desired currency. 
  • Solutions per Item - use this option to edit the number of manufacturer parts (MPNs) to be displayed for each BOM Item.
  • Suppliers per Solution - use this option to edit the number of suppliers (SPNs) to be displayed for each manufacturer part (MPN).

Supply Chain Data

  • Real-time - click this to display pricing-based data for components with links to Supply Chain Data that are updated in real-time.
  • Cached - click this to display the last cached pricing data if working offline.

Export Options

  • File Format - select a format from the drop-down list. The following file formats are supported:
    • CSV (Comma Delimited) (*.csv)
    • Tab Delimited Text (*.txt)
    • MS Excel File (*.xls*.xlsx)  (uses a built-in XLS-format file generator)
    • MS Excel File - Native (*.xls*.xlsx)  (uses Microsoft Excel)
    • Portable Document Format (*.pdf)
    • Web Page (*.htm*.html)
    • XML Spreadsheet (*.xml)
  • Template - enter the desired Excel template file by either typing the file name into the text box, using the drop-down and selecting a template file (*.xlt), or browsing for the template file by clicking:
    • Add to Project - check to have the generated report added to the project after it is created.
    • Open Exported - check to open the relevant software application, e.g., Microsoft Excel, once the exported file has been saved.
    • Report BOM Violations in Messages - enable this option run a check for the ActiveBOM's BOM during BOM generation. Detected violations will be detailed in Altium Designer's Messages panel.

Columns Tab Options

This region of the dialog is used to configure which parameters are displayed for each BOM Item and the data sources that are available for those parameters.

  • Search - use this field to quickly locate parameters of interest, searches for the typed text anywhere within the Name or Alias strings.
  • Sources - in addition to the data added directly into the BomDoc (Data source for BOMdoc), the default data sources available in ActiveBOM are the schematic component parameters (Data Source for Schematic) and the content server component parameters for managed Items ( Data Source for Server ). From these sources, ActiveBOM generates the main project BOM Item grid. The BOM can also include information taken from the following additional data sources:
    • enable to include server items - enable to include server items.
    • enable to include PCB location / rotation / side of board data in the available Columns for the each of the components. - enable to include PCB location / rotation / side of board data in the available Columns for the each of the components.
    • enable to load additional component parameters from an external database (*.DbLib, *.SVNDbLib, or *.DbLink). - enable to load additional component parameters from an external database (*.DbLib, *.SVNDbLib, or *.DbLink).
    • enable to include all detected schematic document parameters across all schematics in the PCB project in the available Columns. - enable to include all detected schematic document parameters across all schematics in the PCB project in the available Columns.
    • enable to access a broad range of additional component data for those BOM Items that have been identified by the Altium Parts Provider and show a supply chain solution. - enable to access a broad range of additional component data for those BOM Items that have been identified by the Altium Parts Provider and show a supply chain solution.
  • Columns - list of all available sources of part information available to ActiveBOM. The Columns region can be sorted by clicking on any of the heading fields, including the Visibility and Source columns.
    • Visibility - click on the visibility icon ( Visibility:on or Visibility: off) in the left column to control the visibility of that column in the main BOM Items grid.
    • Source - displays an icon to show from where that parameter is sourced:
      • sourced from the schematic - sourced from the schematic.
      • sourced from the BOM - sourced from the BOM.
      • sourced from a server. - sourced from a server.
    • Name - displays the name of the property/parameter as defined in the source document, or as entered for a user-created BomDoc column.
    • Alias - if required, an alias can be defined in the source BomDoc to rename a column.

Additional Controls

  • Export - click to generate the report. A standard Windows dialog in which you can name the report.



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