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Introducing the SnapEDA Plugin for Altium Designer

December 15, 2020The SnapEDA Team

Today, we’re excited to launch a new plugin for Altium Designer! The plugin contains computer-aided design (CAD) models for millions of electronic components, many of which have been created in collaboration with industry-leading electronic component suppliers.

SnapEDA Plugin Search Interface

The new plugin has incorporated the most popular requests from our plugin beta program, such as the ability to:

  • Place a part in your design directly from the plugin
  • Add parts to a specific library folder directly from the plugin
  • Download native .SchLib and .PcbLib formats, with 3D models embedded within the footprints
  • Resize the window based on preferences

We’ve also updated the user experience for a more Altium-consistent look and feel. 

How to import parts in SnapEDA Altium Plugin

Using the plugin is simple. After installing it, designers simply search for a part they need, and will be prompted to place the part directly onto an Altium Designer schematic or layout for instant use, or add it to their library folder for future use.

Place Part or Add to Library Dialog

In addition to placing parts and saving parts directly, the plugin’s component database is also updated in real-time as soon as new supplier parts are added to the SnapEDA ecosystem.

The Altium Designer plugin by SnapEDA is available to download for free at and it works for Altium Designer V16 and later.

Happy designing!

Comments (4)

  • 3598


    February 11, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    Not functionnal!
    Exemple: search CLT-102-02-F-D-TR with the plugin, the 3D model isn’t available!
    But search the same on and there is the 3D!
    Other thing: when you download the component with plugin, you got the symbol in a schematic but impossible to load the footprint (she’s on Snapeda.IntLib.
    If you download the component directly on, you download the IntLib too, but you can extract the SchLib and PcbLib. It’s more efficient!
    So I don’t recommended this plugin for the moment 🙁

    1. 3614


      May 10, 2021 at 2:51 am

      This was a temporary issue with our API that’s now fixed, if you see any other discrepancies between our API and website, please let us know. Thanks for reporting it!

  • 3622

    qin wan

    June 26, 2021 at 4:06 pm

    drawing SCH library error


    1. 3688

      Faust Arenas

      January 30, 2023 at 8:50 am

      Hi qin wan,

      May we know what is the part number you’re trying to import using our SnapEDA plugin in Altium so we can further investigate?

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