Altium Designer

Release of Altium Designer

Application Details:

Version: Summer 09
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.7.38

Maintainers: About Maintainership

Free Download Trial Version

Test Results

Old test results
The test results for this version are very old, and as such they may not represent the current state of Wine. Please consider submitting a new test report.
Selected Test Results

What works

Project in general: PCB, SCH, PCB and SCH Library, reports, bill of materials, foot-print manager, inspectors, rules, pin swap, errors checkers, auto-route, print to files, gerbers generation and etc.

What does not

3d legacy tools


What was not tested

Signal integrity, FPGA and USB stuffs, 3D models.

Hardware tested


  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

This version has some bugs but nothing serious. I have produced a bunch of projects with this setup. Sometimes it freezes when searching for libraries but unfreeze in seconds. Sometimes if you unpin the left menu-bar and there is no document open then the left-menu bar keep hide until you open the home-view or some document. For some reason if it freezes just press escape and wait a sec. I'm running with "wineprefix comctl32 corefonts d3dx10 d3dx9_26 d3dx9_28 d3dx9_31 d3dx9_35 d3dx9_36 d3dx9_39 d3dx9_42 directx9 gdiplus gdiplus_winxp ie6 mdac27 mdac28 mfc40 mfc42 msls31 msvcirt msxml6 pngfilt tahoma vcrun2008 vcrun2010 vcrun2012 vcrun2013 vcrun6sp6 vcrun6 xact_jun2010 xact xinput" but probably you don't need all this stuffs.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentArch LinuxMar 20 20151.7.38No, but has workaround Yes GoldJoão Antônio Cardoso 
ShowUbuntu 10.10 "Maverick" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Feb 16 20111.2.2Yes Yes Silveran anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 09 20101.1.43Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 15 20101.1.42Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 
ShowopenSUSE 11.2Apr 04 20101.1.42Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected

Show all bugs

HowTo / Notes

HOWTO setup your Wine prefix for Altium Designer 2009

Create a new Wine prefix:

WINEPREFIX=/home/your_name/AD2009 winecfg

Then install AD2009 from your CD:


WINEPREFIX=/home/your_name/AD2009 wine setup.exe

After setup finishes, install dependencies using winetricks:

WINEPREFIX=/home/your_name/AD2009 winetricks ie6 msxml4 mdac27 corefonts

Using winecfg, disable loading of FPGAflow.dll

Nexus doesn't work in Wine, and loading the dlls for it sometimes causes problems. If you want to use the Nanoboards with AD2009, you are going to have to run Windows instead.

There are several bugs, as can be seen above, but AD2009 is functional enough to design a PCB. Get used to working around the bugs before you dive in.

What Works?

As of Wine-1.2rc4

Almost everything. There are no noticeable bugs in the schematic editor. Online supplier links work if you install IE6 and msxml4 with winetricks. Licensing and logging into works. PCB editor works well, 3D PCB view works, but will generate an error when you close it. See buglist above for details. Autorouting and DRC work. Scripting works. Spice simulation works. Printing has issues, see the buglist.

What does NOT work?

Nexus and FPGA tools. If you need these features, I'd recommend just using Windows. I don't know if Wine will ever support Windows device drivers. Theoretically, someone could write a replacement dll for the parallel port and USB drivers to connect to the hardware using user space libraries in Linux. Don't hold your breath for that.

Camtastic also does not work properly. The display is corrupted. Good news is that gerbv is an acceptable alternative. It's what I use to view the CAM files.