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.ckt File Extension

Developer: Altium
File type: CircuitMaker File
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .ckt. Files with the file extension .ckt can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .ckt files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .ckt file?

Files affixed with the .ckt extension are specifically called CircuitMaker files, and these CKT files contain data referenced by the Altium Designer software. This program can be used to create and edit PCB designs. Several applications developed for creating designs of PCBs or Printed Circuit Boards are generally classified as CAD programs, and the CircuitMaker software from MicroCode also use files appended with the .ckt extension. These applications can be used to simulate the functionalities implemented into a PCB design authored by the user. The Altium Designer program replaced the MicroCode CircuitMaker to offer users an intuitive interface and a broader set of functionalities useful for developing electronic product designs. Users of computers running on Microsoft Windows can install the Altium Designer application to integrate support for these CKT files into their systems and to also start creating electronic product designs. The data stored in these CKT files are used by the Altium Designer software to display the associated details or to provide the corresponding feature requested by the user from the software.

how to open a .ckt file?

Launch a .ckt file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .ckt file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .ckt files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .ckt file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .ckt file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .ckt file association errors

applications that open a .ckt file

Altium Designer

Altium Designer

Altium Designer is a type of EDA or ECAD software, which stands for electronic design automation that refers to tools that can be used for designing electronics like integrated circuits and printed circuit boards. Therefore, the Altium Designer is a software for printed circuit boards, but also extended for embedded software design, field-programmable gate array of FPGA software design, and library plus release management automation. One of the features of this software is its schematic capture module, which editing tool on electronic circuits is included that allows a user to manage edit schematic document, component library, and integrate other component distributors for data access and components search. This program also has hierarchical and multi-channel schematics, SPICE mixed-signal circuit simulation, and 3D editing of board. The printed circuit board or PCB design module allows a user or a designer to manage component footprint library, place component, trace routing manually and automatically, multi-channel routing or layout, and others.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .ckt files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .ckt. File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.
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