SOLIDWORKS and SOLIDWORKS Data Management 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.
We are often asked to advise on the best hardware to run SOLIDWORKS and your other CAE applications on. The answer will invariably depend on the type of work your company does, the size and the complexity of the models and drawings which you will create.
One thing, however, is certain. The criteria used when selecting hardware for CAE Applications is different to the criteria used when selecting hardware for gaming or for general 'office' applications to run. This is especially the case when selecting a Graphics Card. There are any number of Graphic Cards released each year but only those designed for Workstations / CAD usage should be considered for a CAD / CAE workstation.
SOLID Applications have defined a selection of Workstations and Mobile Workstations as solutions to run SOLIDWORKS. We are able to provide the best possible prices for this class of machines. We have chosen a selection of specifications which are outlined below, but these are subject to change at any time. Please see our SOLIDWORKS Worksations page for further information.
Use this information to ensure you are always working with a SOLIDWORKS supported and optimized system for hardware, operating system and Microsoft products.
|Client Products (e.g. SOLIDWORKS)|
|Windows 10, 64-bit|
|Windows 7 SP1, 64-bit|
|Server Products (e.g. SOLIDWORKS PDM)|
|Windows Server 2019||
|Windows Server 2016|
|Windows Server 2012 R2|
|eDrawings for Mac|
|macOS Catalina (10.15)|
|macOS Mojave (10.14)|
|macOS High Sierra (10.13)|
|macOS Sierra (10.12)|
SQL 2014 SP3 required
SQL 2014 SP3 required
(End of Life: SW2021 SP5)
|Microsoft Excel and Word||2013, 2016,
2019 (SW2019 SP2)
|2013, 2016, 2019||2016, 2019|
|Processor||3.3 GHz or higher|
|RAM||16 GB or more
PDM Contributor/Viewer or Electrical Schematic: 8 GB or more
|Graphics||Certified cards and drivers|
|Drives||SSD drives recommended for optimal performance|
|Hypervisors (Virtual Environments)|
|SOLIDWORKS 2018||SOLIDWORKS 2019||SOLIDWORKS 2020|
|VMware vSphere ESXi||6.0||6.5||6.7|
|Parallels Desktop, Mac||10||14||14|
Guidelines to help ensure SOLIDWORKS installation success and optimal runtime performance:
|Products||Start of Support||End of Support 1|
|Windows 10, 64-bit||SW 2015 SP5||Active|
|Windows 7, 64-bit||SW 2010 SP1||SW 2020 SP5|
|Windows Server 2019||SW 2019 SP3||SW Active|
|Windows Server 2016||SW 2017 SP2||SW Active|
|Windows Server 2012 R2||SW 2014 SP3||SW 2019 SP5|
|SQL Server 2019||SW 2020 SP0||Active|
|SQL Server 2017||SW 2018 SP0||Active|
|SQL Server 2016||SW 2017 SP0||Active|
|SQL Server 2014||SW 2015 SP0||SW 2021 SP5|
|SQL Server 2012||SW 2013 SP2||SW 2019 SP5|
|IE 11||SW 2014 SP3||Active|
|Excel, Word 2019 (64-bit recommended)||SW 2019 SP2||Active|
|Excel, Word 2016 (64-bit recommended)||SW 2016 SP3||Active|
|Excel, Word 2013||SW 2013 SP4||SW 2020 SP5|
|macOS Catalina (10.15)||eDrawings 2020||Active|
|macOS Mojave (10.14)||eDrawings 2019||Active|
|macOS High Sierra (10.13)||eDrawings 2019||Active|
|macOS Sierra (10.12)||eDrawings 2017||eDrawings 2019|
End Of Support (EOS) 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 EOS are not supported for the said Microsoft product and SOLIDWORKS installation is blocked in the case of an operating system.
SOLIDWORKS Product Support Lifecycle defines the End Of Support for SOLIDWORKS versions.
SOLIDWORKS recommends using the latest Microsoft update of Windows, Office and Internet Explorer.
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.
SOLIDWORKS recommends using a Windows Server operating system for all SOLIDWORKS server-based products. Refer to the Microsoft Windows Server documentation to select the Windows Server edition that meets your needs.
Windows Home Editions and Windows To Go are not supported.
Apple Mac ® based machines running Windows using Boot Camp are not supported.
SOLIDWORKS 2018 on Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 requires the Microsoft April 2014 update
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.
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.
Beginning with SOLIDWORKS 2020, DVD distribution media will only be provided on request. Please contact your Reseller.