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The standard Altium Designer Installer requires an internet connection to complete the installation process. If it is not possible to run the installer from the target PC, you can install Altium Designer using an offline Installation package (commonly referred to as the Offline Installer).
First, you will need to obtain the Offline Installation package. This is a zipped collection of the necessary installables (including extensions), along with the relevant Altium Designer Installer. The latter simply runs, as per the standard internet-based Installer, only getting the required files from elsewhere in the local unzipped content rather than the Altium Cloud repository.
The Offline Installer can be obtained directly from the Altium Designer section of the Altium website's Downloads page by clicking the Need Offline Installer? link.
A pop-up window will appear prompting you to enter a reason why you need an Offline Installer. Sometimes firewalls or routers block some of the installation traffic, so that would be a reason, as an example. Using the Offline Installer usually resolves this issue.
After entering your reason, click the Submit button. A second pop-up window will confirm that your request has been received. You will be assigned a Case Number with which you can track your request through Altium's Support Center. It can take up to 48 hours for the request to be processed.
Once you receive the confirmation email, go back to the Downloads page – the link will have been replaced with a button with which you can download the installer.
With the Offline Installer acquired, unzip to the required target PC on which you want to install the software.
Browse to the location on your hard disk into which you have unzipped the offline installation package and double-click the
Installer.exe file. The Altium Designer Installer welcome page will open.
The installer itself is wizard-based and provides a set of progressive and intuitive pages that collectively gather the information needed to install the software with its initial feature set as you require.
Click Next to continue. The following sections provide a summary of the various pages you will encounter.
This page of the Installer presents you with the Altium End-User License Agreement (EULA).
Before you can continue with the installation of the software, you must read through and accept the terms of this agreement. The agreement can be viewed in different languages, including English (the default), German, French, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian.
After reading the EULA, continue with the installation by checking the I accept the agreement box and clicking the Next button.
If you have an existing installation of Altium Designer, and that installation can be updated to the new version you are trying to install now, this page of the Altium Designer Installer wizard will be available.
This page gives you the choice between:
Select the required installation mode, and click Next to continue.
This next page of the Installer allows you to specify which features are installed initially. The
PCB Design option provides the base software and core technologies required to perform PCB design. It is always installed and cannot be deselected. Use the remaining options to tailor the install to suit your needs.
Click to enable the functionality you require. As you select and deselect functionality, text at the bottom of the page dynamically updates to reflect the space required for installation. Note that the figure given for the amount of downloaded data does not apply to the Offline Installer.
Remember, no matter what decision you take during initial installation, you can add or remove features and functionality at any stage after installation. This puts you in the driver's seat to fully customize your installation in-line with your possibly ever-changing design needs.
After defining what functionality you would like, click Next to proceed.
This next page of the Installer allows you to specify the destination folders for the install, in terms of both the Program Files for the software and the Shared Documents that are accessed and used by the software.
These locations become especially important when installing multiple instances of Altium Designer. If one or both of these destinations is not currently an empty folder (i.e. devoid of content) you will be prevented from proceeding with the installation until you specify alternate (and empty) destination(s).
The default destinations (Windows 7 SP1 and above) are:
To specify alternate locations, type the location directly into the applicable field or click the folder icon at the right of a field and browse for the required destination folder.
Once the install locations are specified, click Next to continue.
This page is used to choose whether to participate in the Customer Experience Improvement Program. Since this program requires connection with Altium, it is not required for an offline installation, therefore, you can choose the Don't participate option then click Next.
The Installer now has all the information it requires to proceed with the installation. If you need to change anything, click the Back button. If you want to cancel out of the install, click Cancel.
To proceed with the installation, click Next.
The page will change from Ready to Install to Installing Altium Designer and the installation will proceed with the required files first being prepared (from the set of files contained within the unzipped Offline Installation package). Progress of this preparation is displayed within the Installer itself.
Once the preparation of files is complete, they will be installed, again with progress displayed in the Installer.
When the installation itself completes, you have reached the end of the Installer wizard.
An option is provided to launch Altium Designer when you exit the Installer, which is enabled by default. Click Finish to exit the wizard.
That's it. You have installed Altium Designer on your computer and initially tailored its functionality to suit your design needs. You can now import any preferences from an earlier build, then license the software to work in an off-line, standalone fashion.
After installing and launching your new version of Altium Designer, the Import settings dialog will open in which you are given the opportunity to import preferences from the most recent previous installation at startup.
Not only will the preferences be imported, but the user settings will be copied across too, ensuring the new version opens with the same look and feel created in the previous version, even down to the last opened project group and panel positioning!
If the option to import preferences on initial startup is not taken, don't worry – preferences can be quickly imported, at any time, from within the Preferences dialog. Click the button at the bottom of the dialog. The associated menu will list all previous versions/releases currently installed on the computer from which preferences can be imported.
When Altium Designer starts, it will display the License Management page, as shown in the image below.
There are now two actions to perform in order to setup the software to work effectively offline:
To switch Altium Designer to an offline mode, essentially severing the connection to Altium:
In addition, confirmation that you are using an offline installation of the software can be seen on the System – Installation page of the Preferences dialog. The Offline installation option will be enabled with the path to the unzipped offline installation package folder.
First, you need to procure the required Standalone license file. This can be downloaded by signing in to the AltiumLive community area of the Altium website, opening the Dashboard (selecting the Company Dashboard from the menu of your photo/picture at the top right of the page) then going to the Licenses section. When you click on a license to examine the details, there is an Activate button. Click this to download the licensing file (
*.alf) for that license.
With the Standalone license file acquired, you can now proceed to use that file to license your offline instance of Altium Designer. To do so:
Once you have selected the license file and returned to Altium Designer, the License Management page will display the license details, as shown below.
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