Cloning a Project in Altium Designer

Created: April 22, 2022 | Updated: April 22, 2022

Parent page: Creating a Project

To clone a Workspace project from within Altium Designer, right-click on the entry for the project in the Projects panel and choose the Clone command from the context menu. Use the Create Project Copy dialog to determine the Project Name (by default this will be the original project name with the suffix ' - Copy'), Description (which is not pre-populated), the Folder path (within the Workspace), and the Local Storage path (to the working copy).

No special permissions are required to clone a project. The cloned project is an exact copy of the original managed project and has the same editing properties with no restrictions, i.e. you cannot create a 'read-only' project. Also note that the copied project will be made in the same design repository as the original – you cannot change this as part of the copying process.
The Workspace Folder will, by default, be the same folder in which the original project is stored. Click to open the Choose Folder dialog (a trimmed-down version of the Explorer panel) to change folder as required. The Local Storage will, by default, be set to use the location defined on the System - Default Locations page of the Preferences dialog. Click to open a standard Windows dialog with which to change this location as required.

Clone a managed project from within Altium Designer.Clone a managed project from within Altium Designer.

You can clone an existing managed project from the Open Project dialog. Select the project within your connected Workspace, then click on the Open Project As Copy control at the bottom of the right-hand Information pane. In addition, when browsing the project through Altium Designer's Explorer panel – configured in its default Project View rather than Classic View – the project can be cloned by clicking the button at the top-right of the panel.
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