IDF import

IDF import

Mac OS, English

Jerome Briot
Import Intermediate Data Format (IDF) file content in Autodesk® Fusion 360™

General Usage Instructions

After installing the add-in, select "Import Idf" under the INSERT menu.

Specify input parameters and click OK. You will be prompted to select a board file (mandatory) and a library file (facultative). Once finished, you will get the geometry with components and keep out sections.

Supported files combinations are: .emn/.emp, .brd/.lib, .brd/.pro, .bdf/.ldf, and .idb/.idl.

Input parameters are:

  •     import pcb only: yes/no
  •     holes to create: component pin, conductive via, mounting purpose, tooling purpose, other
  •     PCB color: green, red, black, blue, white, yellow, violet
  •     component color: all grey or according to the standard reference designators (see below)
  •     create an individual component: yes/no
  •     capture design history: yes/no
  •     anonymize component: yes/no

Standard reference designators supported for component color are: C, CN, CONN, D, F, IC, J, JP, K, L, P, Q, R, RN, RT, RV, U, VR, X, XT, XTAL and Y (see

Colors can be adjusted by editing the idf.adsklib in the resources/materials folder (use the "MODIFY > Manage material property" menu).




1. Download the installer from Autodesk App Store.
2. Right-click on the "Downloads" folder and select "Open in Finder".
3. Right-click on the "ImportIDF_macos.pkg" -> "Open With" -> "Installer".

You can unload the add-in without uninstalling it by clicking the "Stop" button when the add-in is selected in the list box on the "Add-Ins" tab of the "Scripts and Add-Ins" dialog.
Unchecking "Run on Startup" causes the add-in not to be loaded in future sessions of Fusion 360.
- Navigate to the ./ApplicationsPlugins folder and select the app bundle you want to uninstall
- Either drag the app bundle to the Trash or right-click and select “Move to Trash”
- Right-click on the Trash-Can and select “Empty Trash”
- If you prefer keystrokes, you can also just select the app bundle and then hit Command+Delete to move the app to Trash, then empty the Trash and the app will be removed.

Additional Information

The add-in supports IDF version 2.0 and 3.0:

The add-in doesn't support IDF files that contain panel.

Known Issues

The import process can become slow if:

  • capture design history is set to yes
  • component pin or conductive via are selected in the drilled holes parameters


Company Name: Jerome Briot
Support Contact:

Author/Company Information

Jerome Briot

Support Information

Email me at with feedback or questions

Write an explicit subject to your email (i.e. "FUSION 360 IDF" + your problem)

Attach sample IDF files if needed for debugging.

Version History

Version Number Version Description


Fix a bug with board outlines containing small arcs Add a warning message for missing components in the library file Refactor code for message boxes


Fix a bug with board outlines containing small arcs
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