SOLIDWORKS and SW PDM System Requirements

 

These requirements apply to all SOLIDWORKS products except where noted. Use this information to ensure you are always working with a SOLIDWORKS-supported and optimized system for hardware, operating system and Microsoft products.

SOLIDWORKS Products for Windows

  SOLIDWORKS
2017

(EDU
2017-2018)
SOLIDWORKS
2018

(EDU
2018-2019)
SOLIDWORKS
2019

(EDU
2019-2020)
Operating Systems
Windows 10, 64-bit Solidworks Solidworks Solidworks
Windows 8.1, 64-bit Solidworks Solidworks Solidworks
Windows 7 SP1, 64-bit Solidworks Solidworks Solidworks 
(End of life: SW2020 SP5)
Virtual environments Supported virtual environments (hypervisors)
Hardware
Processor 3.3 GHz or higher
RAM 16 GB or more
PDM Contributor or Viewer: 8 GB or more
PDM Web Client or Web Server: 8 GB or more

ECC RAM recommended

Graphics Card Certified cards and drivers
Drives SSD drives recommended for optimal performance
Disk Space PDM Contributor or Viewer: 10 GB or more
PDM Web Client or Web Server: 5 GB or more
PDM Archive Server or Database Server: 50 GB or more
SOLIDWORKS Manage: 10 GB or more
Software
Microsoft Excel and Word 2010, 2013, 2016 2010, 2013, 2016 2013, 2016,
2019 (SW2019 SP2)
Browsers (PDM Web2 Client) Microsoft Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge,
Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari
Antivirus Antivirus products

 

eDrawings for Mac

Operating Systems eDrawings
2017
eDrawings
2018
eDrawings
2019
macOS Mojave (10.14) SOLIDWORKS SOLIDWORKS Solidworks
macOS High Sierra (10.13) SOLIDWORKS SOLIDWORKS Solidworks
macOS Sierra (10.12) Solidworks Solidworks Solidworks
OS X El Capitan (10.11) Solidworks Solidworks Solidworks
OS X Yosemite (10.10) Solidworks Solidworks Solidworks

 

SOLIDWORKS Server Products

  SOLIDWORKS
2017
SOLIDWORKS
2018
SOLIDWORKS
2019
Operating Systems
Windows Server 2016 Solidworks 
(2017 SP2)
Solidworks Solidworks
Windows Server 2012 R2 Solidworks Solidworks Solidworks
Windows Server 2012 Solidworks Solidworks Solidworks
Windows Server 2008 R2, SP1 Solidworks Solidworks Solidworks
SQL Server
SQL 2017 Solidworks Solidworks Solidworks
SQL 2016 Solidworks Solidworks Solidworks
SQL 2014 Solidworks Solidworks Solidworks
SQL 2012 Solidworks Solidworks Solidworks

 

Microsoft Products (SOLIDWORKS 2017 - 2019)

Microsoft Products Start of Life End of Life 1
Windows 10, 64-bit 2015 SP5 Active
Windows 8.1, 64-bit 2014 SP1 2018 SP5
Windows 7, 64-bit 2010 SP1 2020 SP5
 
Windows Server 2016 2017 SP2 Active
Windows Server 2012 R2 2014 SP3 2019 SP5
Windows Server 2012 2014 SP0 2018 SP5
Windows Server 2008 R2, SP1 2009 2017 SP5
 
SQL Server 2017 2018 SP0 Active
SQL Server 2016 2017 SP0 Active
SQL Server 2014 2015 SP0 2021 SP5
SQL Server 2012 2013 SP2 2019 SP5
SQL Server 2008 R2 2010 SP4 2017 SP5
 
IE 11 2014 SP3 Active
 
Excel, Word 2019 (64-bit recommended) 2019 SP2 Active
Excel, Word 2016 (64-bit recommended) 2016 SP3 Active
Excel, Word 2013 2013 SP4 2020 SP5
Excel, Word 2010 2010 SP5 2018 SP5

 

Notes:

  1. End Of Life (EOL) corresponds to the last SOLIDWORKS release where a Microsoft product is supported (This is synchronized with the Microsoft Mainstream Support End Date). SOLIDWORKS releases after the EOL are not supported for the said Microsoft product and SOLIDWORKS installation is blocked in the case of an operating system.
  2. SOLIDWORKS Product Support Lifecycle defines the End Of Support for SOLIDWORKS versions.
  3. SolidWorks recommends using the latest Microsoft Service Pack of Windows, Office and Internet Explorer.
  4. SolidWorks supports each Windows 10 release for applicable SOLIDWORKS releases as long as it is still covered by both the SOLIDWORKS Product Support Lifecycle and Microsoft Windows Lifecycle Fact Sheet.
  5. SolidWorks recommends using a Windows Server operating system for all SOLIDWORKS server-based products.
  6. Windows Server operating system support applies to Standard and Enterprise editions only.
  7. Windows Home Editions and Windows To Go are not supported.
  8. Microsoft Office 'Click-To-Run' feature is supported for SOLIDWORKS 2017 and later.
  9. Apple Mac ® based machines running Windows using Boot Camp are not supported.
  10. SOLIDWORKS 2018 on Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 requires the Microsoft April 2014 update
  11. It is not recommended to install any instances of other applications on the SOLIDWORKS PDM Archive or Database Server. For PDM Professional, it is recommended the Archive and Database servers are two separate, dedicated machines.
  12. To ensure optimum performance, it is not recommended to install anti-virus software on the SOLIDWORKS PDM vault computer.
  13. SolidWorks does not test or certify VPN (Virtual Private Network) solutions but provides best-effort support. Users may be directed to work directly with their VPN provider to resolve issues on a case-by-case basis.
  14. Beginning with SOLIDWORKS 2020, DVD distribution media will only be provided on request. Please contact your Reseller.

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