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

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .sch extension and you don’t know what it is? It is possible that you know what the file does, but you are unsure on how to open it. That’s why we have made this article! You will learn how to open the .sch file extension on various systems, what it is and how to work with it.

What is a .SCH file?

The file extension .SCH stands for EAGLE Schematics File. This file extension belongs to the developer Autodesk. The format of this CAD software file is xml.

What to know

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

How to open a .SCH file?

In this part of the article we will show you how to open the .SCH file on various operating systems.

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

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .sch 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. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: Autodesk EAGLE and Altium Designer.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .SCH 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: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “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. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .SCH file on Mac

There are 4 simple steps to open the .sch file on Mac.

1. In the first step you need to download the Autodesk EAGLE software. You will be using this software in order to open the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .SCH 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 .SCH file on Linux

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

1. In the first step you need to download the Autodesk EAGLE software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .SCH file

2. The second step is locating 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: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Autodesk EAGLE software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Linux.

Still cannot open the .SCH file?

If you are still unable to open the .SCH file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .SCH file.sch – Solutions Etcetera, .sch – gEDA, .sch – Golden Software, .sch – KiCad, .sch – ExpressPCB. 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 .SCH file with the Altium Designer, Autodesk EAGLE programs on Windows, Autodesk EAGLE program on Mac and Autodesk EAGLE software on Linux.