What is a .BRD File And How To Open It – Autodesk (Guide)

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .brd extension and you don’t know what it is? It is important to know how to open this file – in order to be able to work with it. Don’t worry! This article explains everything about the .brd file extension, how to open and work with it on various systems.

What is a .BRD file?

The .BRD file extension is from EAGLE Circuit Board File. The developer of this file extension is Autodesk. This data related file is in xml format.

What to know

There are currently 2 software that can open the .brd file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .BRD file?

Below you can find an easy to understand, step-by-step guide to open the .BRD file on your operating system/device.

How to open a .BRD file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .brd file on Windows in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the Altium Designer software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. The other software that you can use is Autodesk EAGLE and Altium Designer.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .BRD file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Altium Designer software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .BRD file on Mac

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .brd file on Mac in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the Autodesk EAGLE software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .BRD file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Autodesk EAGLE software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .BRD file on Linux

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .brd file on Linux in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the Autodesk EAGLE software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .BRD file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Autodesk EAGLE software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Linux.

Still cannot open the .BRD file?

If you cannot open the .BRD file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. The .BRD file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .brd – Cadence Design Systems, .brd – KiCad. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .BRD file with the Altium Designer, Autodesk EAGLE programs on Windows, Autodesk EAGLE program on Mac and Autodesk EAGLE software on Linux.