Altium NEXUS Documentation

Sign In

Modified by Tiffany Cullen on Mar 31, 2020

  Two variations of the Sign In dialog (the left image is used to sign in to your Altium account; the right image is used to sign into a server)


The Sign In dialog is used to sign in to your Altium account or to sign in to a server. The use of the dialog depends on how the dialog is accessed.

For information about working with servers, refer to Working with a Managed Content Server.

For more information about server access, refer to Accessing a Server from Altium NEXUS.


The version of the dialog used to sign into your Altium account can be accessed in the following ways:

  • Click the  then choose Sign in from the menu.
  • Click the , choose Licenses from the menu then click the Sign in link on the License Management page.

The version of the dialog used to sign into a server can be accessed in the following ways:

  • Click the  then choose Custom connection
  • Click the , choose Sign in from the menu then click Custom in the resulting Sign in dialog.


Signing into an Altium Account

This dialog allows you to sign into Altium by using the appropriate credentials.

A variation of the Sign In dialog that is used to sign in with your Altium credentials.

  • User Name - enter your user name. This is the user name that was used when your Altium Account credentials were created. Contact your local Altium administrator if you do not have your Altium account credentials available.
  • Password - enter your Altium password.
    • Sign in automatically - enable this option to automatically sign into Altium's online services when you start Altium NEXUS using the specified User Name and Password.
  • Custom - click to open the version of the dialog used to sign into a server.
  • Terms and Agreements - click the link to open Altium's End-User License Agreement.
  • Sign in - once the user name and password are entered, this button becomes available. Click to continue with the sign in process.

Signing into a Server

This dialog enables you to sign into a server. A server can be used to store everything related to designing in the software including: design source data, such as components, schematics and PCB files; design release data, such as Gerber and ODB++ data; and installations and updates of the software itself. You can only sign into a server that has already been installed and has appropriate user credentials defined.

kA variation of the Sign In dialog that allows you to sign into a on-site server.

If the version of the dialog pertaining to the server is accessed by clicking the  button in the upper right corner of the workspace then clicking Custom, the dialog will not display Default or Custom buttons that allow you to switch between the two versions, however, the dialog's sign in functionality will remain the same.
  • Server Address - use this field to enter the location URL of the server to which you want to connect. The format for this is: <ComputerName>:<PortNumber>. Use the drop-down arrow then choose Preferences to access the Data Management - Servers page of the Preferences dialog to manage servers.
  • User Name - enter an existing, valid user name for a server.
  • Password - enter the password that corresponds to the User Name.
    • Sign in automatically - enable to automatically sign into the server when Altium NEXUS is started.
  • Default - click this link to open the version of the dialog used to sign into your Altium account.
  • Use Windows Session credentials - enable to use your active Windows Session credentials to log into the server. The User Name field will display your Windows username. This enables you to log into the server without the need to create and remember an additional password.
  • Sign in - click to log into the server using the above settings.

Altium Connection

Altium NEXUS includes features to enhance your productivity by bringing information to you on-demand. Whenever a connection to any of these services is made, information about you and your PC may be gathered to identify you and deliver the right services. Information collected by Altium will not be shared with any third parties.

When you use a feature that connects Altium NEXUS to the on-demand services, Altium may collect the following information:

  • MAC Addresses: Altium uses a computer's MAC address to identify a PC. If you sign in on multiple computers, each sign in request will be recorded uniquely.
  • HDD serial numbers: Along with the MAC addresses, this information provides a robust way to identify a PC for licensing purposes.
  • Altium NEXUS version: Altium uses the software version to differentiate between products so that the correct services can be delivered for each product.

Altium does not, and shall not, read or gather any information about the designs or files you use within Altium NEXUS.

All connections to the Altium portal through Altium NEXUS are secure. Along with the information that is gathered, information that you enter will also be communicated in requests to Altium's portal. When data is recorded with Altium's portal, the data will include a time stamp showing when the data was recorded.

Altium is committed to ensuring that all the details you provide to us remain secure. The following privacy policy discloses the information practices for Altium services.

How We Use the Information

The information gathered by Altium is used to provide you with the correct services that can be delivered for your product. Altium may also use the information for internal reviews and analysis in order to improve our products and services.

We will not disclose your individual information to any third party and will not sell, trade or rent that information for marketing purposes. If we need to disclose any information to conform to any laws or legal process, we will do so in a manner so as to provide the maximum amount of protection legally possible for such information.


By connecting with Altium's services through Altium NEXUS, you are consenting to the gathering of this information and our use of this information in accordance with the principles outlined in this Privacy Policy.

Should you wish not to receive the benefits that these services bring, Altium makes it readily possible to disconnect from its on-demand services.

If at any time we change the Privacy Policy, we will post those changes on the website so that you are kept fully informed.

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