Altium Designer Documentation

Edit Search Path

Created: January 16, 2023 | Updated: January 16, 2023
Applies to Altium Designer version: 21

The Edit Search Path dialogThe Edit Search Path dialog


This dialog allows you to specify the path when searching for files within the project. The following types of files are supported:

  • *.PcbLib - Footprint libraries
  • *.Mdl - Sim model files
  • *.Ckt - Sim subcircuit files
  • *.PCB3DLib - PCB3D model libraries (legacy only)
 Note that retrieving models can be slow if there are a large number of files in the search path folder. Also, when a large number of files are accessed over a network, system performance may be slowed. 
Paths are searched from the top down.


The Edit Search Path dialog is accessed by clicking Add under the Ordered List of Search Paths region on the Search Paths tab of the Project Options dialog. 


  • Path - type in the search path or click  to access a dialog to search for the desired folder.
  • Filter - use to filter the search results. You can use the "*" (any character) wildcard, for example "*.*" to display all files.
  • Store Path as Relative - use this option to display the path relative to where the files of the design project reside.
  • Include sub-folders in search - enable this option to include searching sub-folders within the specified path.
  • Files Found on Search Path - this region lists the files found under the search path specified in the Path field using the selected options. The name of the file(s) and parent folder(s) is listed under Name with the location of each file listed under Location.
  • Refresh List - click to refresh the results of the search.
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