Library Installation in Altium Designer

In this article, we will discuss library setup at Altium Designer. When we download altium designer, as we know, we come across several libraries that have already been established. Schematics and pcb drawings of some components are already available for them. Unfortunately, as you develop yourself step by step in this business, you will understand that these libraries do not actually have enough usefulry. At this point, there are libraries that have been created for you today and are actively being developed. So what's really a library?

What is a Library?

You can think of the Altium Designer library as a collection that you can already access directly, where drawings of many components and models have already been made for you. At this point, we should know that since we create libraries, we can shape them as we want. And what does that really mean?

For example, we can create a library for microcontrollers that are used extensively today and include only schematic and PCB drawings of microcontrollers. Another example of this will be passive components. Another example is the creation of a library with only passive components.

The following library types are available:

Schematic Library

SchLib can be a model library that holds component symbols. If model links and parametric data are added to each symbol, it becomes a library of components.

PCB Library

If a library is required to store PCB footprint models, at this point we can use pcblibs that are ready or created by ourselves. At this point, you can get a better result by adding a nice step file on top of your footprint.

Integrated Librarysi

Do you prefer that your components are prepackaged and pre-verified in a single file? You can compile source schema/PCB/simulation models to create an integrated Library (IntLib).

Database Library

Do you want libraries that actively update and improve themselves while you do your projects? At this point, these libraries will be right for you.

Altium Vault

Want easy, company-wide access and management to your components, re-inspection, where to use them, and a direct connection to real-time supplier data? Then these libraries will be right for you.

At this point, after receiving general information about libraries, let's set up a database library on our computers. In this way, let's get something practical as well as theory.

Library Setup at Altium Designer
Celestial Altium Library

At this point, we first press the Get Started Now button. Then we download the github desktop app and clone our library from there.

Library Setup at Altium Designer
Github Desktop

Then we need to create a profile directly from this site. In this way, we will be able to access the file of our library.

Library Setup at Altium Designer
Create Login

Immediately afterwards, we log in with our account and start downloading the necessary file from the server login section on the left side. When we download this file, there's only a few steps left. Let's take a look at this with a visual.

Library Setup at Altium Designer
Altium Library

Then we download the downloaded file into the file called altium-designer. Then there's actually very little action to do. We immediately open the app called Altium Designer and immediately open the components section in the upper right corner. So if you don't know how, I can say this. At the bottom right is a section called panels. You can open it from there. Then you need to install the required file via Altium Designer. This process is really easy. We will show you through the step-by-step visual.

Library Setup at Altium Designer

Here we click on File-based Libraries Preferences.

Library Setup at Altium Designer
Library Setup at Altium Designer

We have now completed the installation of our library. I hope it will give you a great deal of convenience.