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.drl File Extension

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

what is a .drl file?

Gerber drill rack Ffiles are created and associated to project output files in the GBR format using certain applications developed for designing and simulating the functionalities of printed circuit boards (PCBs). These Gerber drill rack files are saved in the DRL format and appended with the .drl extension, and Gerber encoding specifications and standards are implemented into the content of these DRL files. The data stored in a DRL file usually includes drilling details for the production of printed circuit boards, and this data is referenced by the supported printed board circuit design software used to open, view and edit the content of the corresponding GBR project output file. These drilling details may include sizes of drills and holes that will be implemented into the PCB. The vhf interservice Cenon application, a printed circuit board design program, can be used to create GBR projects and open or edit the content of the associated DRL files. There are versions of this PCB design application for Mac and Linux platforms.

how to open a .drl file?

Launch a .drl 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 .drl 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 .drl files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .drl file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .drl file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .drl file association errors

applications that open a .drl 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.
PentaLogix ViewMate

PentaLogix ViewMate

The PentaLogix ViewMate is a freeware used for viewing Gerber files used in the PCB design and layout. The Gerber file is a data that controls the photo plotter which are primarily used for PCB production. The data contains descriptions of PCB components like copper layers, solder mask, legend, drill holes and others. Photoplotter is a mechanical machine that reveals the actualized image like monochromatic film through the help of a controlled light source and computer. This software is developed by Pentalogix, Inc. and offers three versions namely ViewMate Pro, ViewMate Deluxe and the freeware ViewMate with Smart DFM. Both Deluxe and Pro versions can be used not only by viewing Gerber files but also as Gerber editors. Aside from being able to view and edit Gerber files they are also capable of viewing Excellon drill files. However, the said applications are commercial ware bundled with one year of free updates.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .drl 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, .drl. 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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