Lateral Lib Extractor for Altium®

Lateral Lib Extractor is a software Library to read Altium PcbLib and SchLib files.

Altium PcbLibs and SchLib use a proprietary binary format that is impossible to read without extensive reverse engineering


  1. Download Altium Example Library Files (.zip)
  2. Extract the .zip and choose a .SchLib or .PcbLib file
  3. Upload it with the following forms and press submit
  4. Optionally, Copy-paste the base64 string (under Image, Data in the JSON output) on this tool to view a preview of the symbol/footprint




  • Unpack and Decode Altium’s proprietary .SchLib and .PcbLib files
  • Read Graphical objects (Pin, Lines, Arcs, Text, Designators, Polyline, etc etc…)
  • Read Metadata (Symbol/Footprint Name, Description…)
  • Render preview of each Symbol and Footprint onto PNG images


Lateral Lib extractor for Altium® enables you to:

  • Integrate Altium Libraries in your custom ERP
  • Compare changes between different Altium libraries using available tools
  • Automatically calculate the number of Pads for each footprint
  • Visualize Altium Libraries inside your application
  • Automatically document your Altium Libraries on GitHub using CI tools


Lateral Lib Extractor is avaiable as:

  • Linux/Windows/MacOS executable to run via command line or integrate in your app
  • Cloud API
  • API to run on premise within your infrastructure


To inquire about Lateral Lib Extractor, use the following form: