New to Altium Designer or resume work with AD after break or major update

Created: March 25, 2021 | Updated: July 27, 2022

For all those who are new to Altium, starting to use it now more frequently or have updated from a really old version. This article covers how to contact Support, finding Learning Materials, Tutorials, and other useful information for getting (re) started.

Starting in Version: 18.0
Up to Version: Current

Solution Details

You can download/install our current (or an older) version from here:

New to AltiumLive?  Having an AltiumLive account (no extra charge) is the gateway into the Altium ecosystem which provides access to: 

  • Support (Live Online Chat),
  • Manage existing cases right from the client,
  • Altium Content Vault for parts,
  • Community forums,
  • Design Content,
  • Bugcrunch (bug reporting system) & Ideas sites (to suggest and vote on software enhancements you'd like to see),
  • Software downloads, and
  • Your company's Workspace - read about and create or join your company's workspace:,

Here's the sign in page:


New to Altium Designer?:


New to the 64-bit version? 
Here's a review of the new Interface for users of version 17 and previous:


Altium Designer presents an entirely new look and feel starting at version 18, with new features that will enhance your board design experience. Here's what's new for each version:

(Review the new features for any version by using the pull down list at the top right corner of the left panel)
Here's the current version:

(When you see small triangles at the left of what looks like a title, click on it to expand the section.)

This is another good place to get started:  


Support Home
In addition to the Live Chat (24/5), this page also has direct links to:

  • Knowledge Base articles,
  • Altium Academy - a large collection of Youtube videos,
  • User Forums - Someone else may have already experienced and solved your issue,
  • Access to your support case tickets, and
  • Documentation - where you can find extensive, versioned information about our software
Altium Designer Getting Started User Guide:
Altium Academy videos:
How to Start a Project in Altium Designer

Video Library (legacy):
How to use the new features in Altium Designer 19 (videos for older version, but still relevant):
Altium Designer 19 Essentials Online Training:
(Remember to download all the material in the first module.)
Altium Training Courses:

A section, "Discover" was added to Altium Designer's Home Page that has a step-by-step journey through Altium Designer's workflow.

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