Hardware & System Requirements

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To make sure you are always working with a SOLIDWORKS supported and optimized system, use one of the following compatibility charts: SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS Network License Server, Microsoft Products or SOLIDWORKS Electrical Server.

SOLIDWORKS

View compatible Operating Systems, Microsoft Products, Hardware and other supported resources for SOLIDWORKS 2018, 2019 and 2020.

 

2018

2019

2020

Operating Systems
Windows 10, 64-bit Check Box Icon Check Box Icon Check Box Icon
Windows 8.1, 64-bit Check Box Icon    
Windows 7 SP1, 64-bit Check Box Icon Check Box Icon Check Box Icon
Microsoft Products
Internet Explorer IE11 IE 11 IE 11
Excel and Word 2010, 2013,
2016
2013, 2016, 2019 (SW2019 SP2) 2013, 2016, 2019
Hardware
RAM 16 GB or More
PDM Contributor or Viewer: 8 GB or more

ECC RAM Recommended
Video Card Certified Cards and Drivers
Processor 3.3 GHz or higher
Install Media DVD Drive or Broadband Internet Connection
Other
Anti-Virus Supported Anti-Virus Products
Network Microsoft Windows Networking
(Novell Networks and Non-Windows Network Storage Devices are Not Supported)
Virtual Environments Supported Virtual Environments


SOLIDWORKS Network License Server

View compatible Windows Operating Systems for SOLIDWORKS 2018, 2019 and 2020.

 

2018

2019

2020

Operating Systems
Windows Server 2019   Check Box Icon Check Box Icon
Windows Server 2016 Check Box Icon Check Box Icon Check Box Icon
Windows Server 2012 R2 Check Box Icon Check Box Icon  
Windows Server 2012 Check Box Icon    


Microsoft Products

See what releases of Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer, Excel and Word are compatible and supported by SOLIDWORKS Products.

Microsoft Products SOLIDWORKS Products Start of Life End of Life (2)
Windows 10, 64-bit All Products  SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP5 Active
Windows 8.1, 64-bit All Products  SOLIDWORKS 2014 SP1 SOLIDWORKS 2018 SP5
Windows 7, 64-bit All Products SOLIDWORKS 2010 SP1  SOLIDWORKS 2020 SP5
Windows Server 2019 PDM, Network License Server  SOLIDWORKS 2019 SP3  Active
Windows Server 2016 PDM, Network License Server  SOLIDWORKS 2017 SP2  Active
Windows Server 2012 R2 PDM, Network License Server  SOLIDWORKS 2014 SP3  SOLIDWORKS 2019 SP05
Windows Server 2012 PDM, Network License Server SOLIDWORKS 2014 SP0 SOLIDWORKS 2018 SP05
IE 11 All Products SOLIDWORKS 2014 SP3 Active
Excel, Word 2019 (64-bit recommended) SOLIDWORKS, PDM SOLIDWORKS 2019 SP2 Active
Excel, Word 2016 SOLIDWORKS, PDM SOLIDWORKS 2016 SP3 Active
Excel, Word 2013 SOLIDWORKS, PDM SOLIDWORKS 2013 SP4 2020 SP5
Excel, Word 2010 SOLIDWORKS, PDM SOLIDWORKS 2010 SP5 2018 SP5


SOLIDWORKS Electrical Server

View compatible Operating Systems and SQL Server Platforms for SOLIDWORKS 2018, 2019 and 2020. 

 

2018

2019

2020

Operating Systems
Windows Server 2019   Check Box Icon Check Box Icon
Windows Server 2016 Check Box Icon Check Box Icon Check Box Icon
Windows Server 2012 R2 Check Box Icon Check Box Icon  
Windows Server 2012 Check Box Icon    
SQL Server Platform
SQL 2017 Check Box Icon Check Box Icon Check Box Icon
SQL 2016 Check Box Icon Check Box Icon Check Box Icon
SQL 2014 Check Box Icon Check Box Icon Check Box Icon
SQL 2012 Check Box Icon Check Box Icon  


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 update 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 Home Editions and Windows To Go are not supported.
  7. Apple Mac ® based machines running Windows using Boot Camp are not supported.
  8. SOLIDWORKS 2018 on Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 requires the Microsoft April 2014 update
  9. 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.
  10. To ensure optimum performance, it is not recommended to install antivirus software on the SOLIDWORKS PDM vault computer.
  11. 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.
  12. Beginning with SOLIDWORKS 2020, DVD distribution media will only be provided on request. Please contact your Reseller.

 

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