Altium designer (without vault) only comes with through hole components (resistor, capacitor) in the component library. I want to design SMD capacitors and resistors on my own but I want to reuse the schematic symbol of the default Altium components. How can I do that?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Open schematic lib and copy the component or use the existing part and add another footprint so a resistor symbol will have both SMD and TH footprints. You can choose in the schematic which one you want to use. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jan 5, 2017 at 15:32
  • \$\begingroup\$ The steps are the same only you have to apply it on .schlib. :electronics.stackexchange.com/questions/176589/… \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jan 5, 2017 at 16:17
  • \$\begingroup\$ I'm about 99% certain a stock altium install has symbols and footprints for SMT passives in most common sizes, somewhere. There are a ton of libraries available, even before the vault. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jan 5, 2017 at 19:11

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You need to create an Altium PCB library that contains all of your SMD footprints. Once you have your PCB library created, open the SCH library containing the symbols you want to reuse, select the part whose symbol you want, and open its properties (double-click it in the SCH Lib tab, or right-click it and choose "properties"). Then in the "Models" section at the bottom right of the properties window that pops up, use the "Add" button to add your footprints.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Woops, sorry Bence, didn't read your comment until after I posted this \$\endgroup\$
    – DerStrom8
    Commented Jan 5, 2017 at 19:01
  • \$\begingroup\$ No problem, I do not have much time nowadays for writing proper answer. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jan 5, 2017 at 19:27

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