Create a new Integrated Library, add Schematic and PCB library

The main goal of this tutorial is to explain how to:

1. Create a new Integrated Library
2. Create a new Schematic library in an Integrated Library project
3. Add en existing Schematic library in an Integrated Library project
4. Create a new PCB library in an Integrated Library project
5. Add en existing PCB library in an Integrated Library project

1. Create a new Integrated Library

Follow next few steps in order to create an Integrated Library in Altium Designer:

1. Select File->New->Project from the menus (top left Main Menu of Altium window)


2. Mark Integrated Library from the Project Types list
3. Set an Integrated Library name in the field Name (for example Resistors)
4. Set Location of an Integrated Library in the field Location or Browse Location (for example d:/Lib)


5. Press OK
6. The new file Resistors.LibPkg will appear in the Projects panel


(note: if Projects panel is not displayed on the screen, select System from the bottom right menu of the main Altium window and choose Projects)

2. Create a new Schematic library in an Integrated Library project

There are two ways to Create a new Schematic library in a previously created Integrated Library project.

a) Go to File -> New -> Library -> Schematic Library. See image below for the details.

b) Right mouse click on a previously created Integrated Library project. Drop down menu will appear and choose Add New to Project -> Schematic Library.  See image below for the details.

In both options SchLib.SchLib will appear in a Integrated Library project. See image below for the details.

Save as a new Schematic library

The next step is to Save as a new Schematic library with a custom name. It is possible on two ways:

a) The first is to click on File -> Save As. See image below for the details.

b) The second is to click with right mouse button on a SchLib1.SchLib file name and choose Save As option from the drop down menu. See image below for the details.

In our example we saved it under the name Resistor.SchLib.

3. Add en existing Schematic library in an Integrated Library project

1. Right click on the Library Integrated file with extension LibPkg (for example Resistors.LibPkg) and select Add Existing to Project from the drop down menu. Choose Schematic Library file from your computer (for details see the image below)

2. If you don’t see your Schematic Library in a folder in the drop-down menu on the bottom right position of the window, select Schematic library (*.schlib; *.lib) (for details see the image below)

3. Now, Schematic Library will appear in the window and select Sch Library or Libraries and press Open button (for details see the image below)

4. A new file Resistors.SchLib will appear in the Projects panel (for details see the image below)

4. Create a new PCB library in an Integrated Library project

There are two ways to Create a new PCB library in a previously created Integrated Library project.

a) Go to File -> New -> Library -> PCB Library. See image below for the details.

b) Right mouse click on a previously created Integrated Library project. Drop down menu will appear and choose Add New to Project -> PCB Library.  See image below for the details.

In both options PcbLib1.PcbLib will appear in a Integrated Library project. See image below for the details.

Save as a new PCB library

The next step is to Save as a new PCB library with a custom name. It is possible on two ways:

a) The first is to click on File -> Save As. See image below for the details.

b) The second is to click with right mouse button on a PcbLib1.PcbLib file name and choose Save As option from the drop down menu. See image below for the details.

In our example we saved it under the name Resistor.PcbLib.

5. Add en existing PCB library in an Integrated Library project

1. Right click on the Library Integrated file with extension LibPkg (for example Resistors.LibPkg) and select Add Existing to Project from the drop down menu. Choose PCB Library file from your computer (for details see the image below)

2. If you don’t see your PCB Library in a folder in the drop-down menu on the bottom right position of the window, select PCB library (*.pcblib; *.lib) (for details see the image below)

3. Now, PCB Library will appear in the window and select PCB Library or Libraries and press Open button (for details see the image below)

4. A new file Resistors.PcbLib will appear in the Projects panel (for details see the image below)

In our next article you can find out how to compile an Integrated Library Project .LibPkg and generate .IntLib file.

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