IDF import

IDF import

Win64, 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).





The installer that ran when you downloaded this app/plug-in from Autodesk App Store will start installing the app/plug-in. OR, simply double-click the downloaded installer to install the app/plugin. 


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 Autodesk® Fusion 360™.

To uninstall this plug-in, exit the Autodesk product if you are currently running it, simply rerun the installer, and select the "Uninstall" button.

OR, you can uninstall it from 'Control Panel/Programs and Features' (Windows 7/8.1/10), just as you would uninstall any other application from your system.

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


Add automatic detection of the library file Add routing outlines Fix bugs in functions readOtherOutline and readRouteOutline ( Refactor code in and
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