I use altium designer v14 and v15 with external component database (*.DbLib). The external database is realized in SQL. Everything works fine except the manipulation of the component type. This parameter should also be set from database. As conjunction / relationship from database to altium, I take the name "Component Type". I think it's the wrong name / designation. Does anyone have a solution for this problem?

Properties for schematic componen Database library

  • \$\begingroup\$ Maybe 'ComponentType' instead of 'Component Type'? Just a guess ... \$\endgroup\$
    – brhans
    Jul 16, 2015 at 12:53
  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks for the suggestion. I forgot to say I have already tested "ComponentType" and "Type". But it doesn't work either. \$\endgroup\$ Jul 16, 2015 at 14:08

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ComponentType = 'Standard' or 'Standard (No BOM)' works perfectly fine in SCH Filter to highlight those components my end and as such should be the right thing to set/get for your purpose.

Are you encoding/typing/what-evering the string value correctly? Altium is very persnickety with string types. (For one example in SCH Filter "Standard" would give an error, but 'Standard' works fine)

See also: Altium TechDocs on ComponentType


Unfortunately this is one of the attributes the Altium Designer only saves within the component model (e.g. the *.schlib file). Missing consistency.


I don't think that field is assignable from the database. There is a limited set of reserved names for automatic assignment available.

If the database field name is one of the following reserved names, the corresponding model mapping entries will be automatically set in the Design Parameter field:

Description → [Description]
Footprint Ref → [Footprint Ref]
Footprint Path → [Footprint Path]
Footprint Ref n → [Footprint Ref n]
Footprint Path n → [Footprint Path n]
Library Ref → [Library Ref]
Library Path → [Library Path]
PCB3D Ref → [PCB3D Ref]
PCB3D Path → [PCB3D Path]
Sim Description → [Sim Description]
Sim Excluded Parts → [Sim Excluded Parts]
Sim File → [Sim File]
Sim Kind → [Sim Kind]
Sim Model Name → [Sim Model Name]
Sim Netlist → [Sim Netlist]
Sim Parameters → [Sim Parameters]
Sim Port Map → [Sim Port Map]
Sim Spice Prefix → [Sim Spice Prefix]
Sim SubKind → [Sim SubKind]

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