Development Highlight: Altium Pcb Importer

As a preview of a feature coming in the next major release, the ability to import Altium PcbDoc files is now available in the latest nightly builds. This was thanks to the work of Thomas Pointhuber in MR#60

The board import option can be found under the File > Import > Non-Kicad Board File option and changing the file type filter

Import non kicad option in menu shown
Altium PcbDoc selector shown in file open explorer

After selecting your PcbDoc file and a short delay. Pcbnew will display it’s best attempt at a import and provide warnings if it had any difficulties importing the file.

Altium PcbDoc selector shown in file open explorer

If you want to give the board import a spin, simply download the latest KiCad nightly. Feel free to report any issues you may find.

If you want to join in on a discussion on this feature, you may find a forum thread with the developer here

Note Both this feature and nightly builds are in development, please only use them for testing and experimentation