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
(EDU 2018-2019) SOLIDWORKS
(EDU 2019-2020) SOLIDWORKS
(EDU 2020-2021)
Operating Systems
Windows 10, 64-bit
Windows 8.1, 64-bit
Windows 7 SP1, 64-bit
(End of Life: SW2020 SP5)
Virtual environments Supported virtual environments (hypervisors)
Processor 3.3 GHz or higher
RAM 16 GB or more
PDM Contributor or Viewer: 8 GB or more
Graphics Card Certified cards and drivers
Drives SSD drives recommended for optimal performance
Microsoft Excel and Word 2010, 2013, 2016 2013, 2016,
2019 (SW2019 SP2) 2013, 2016, 2019
Antivirus Antivirus products
eDrawings for Mac
Operating Systems eDrawings
2018 eDrawings
2019 eDrawings
macOS Catalina (10.15)
macOS Mojave (10.14)
macOS High Sierra (10.13)
macOS Sierra (10.12)
OS X El Capitan (10.11)
OS X Yosemite (10.10)
SOLIDWORKS Server Products
Operating Systems
Windows Server 2019
(2019 SP3)
Windows Server 2016
Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows Server 2012
SQL Server
SQL 2017
SQL 2016
SQL 2014
SQL 2014 SP3 required
(End of Life: SW2021 SP5)
SQL 2012
Microsoft/Apple Products (SOLIDWORKS 2018 - 2020)
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 2019 2019 SP3 Active
Windows Server 2016 2017 SP2 Active
Windows Server 2012 R2 2014 SP3 2019 SP5
Windows Server 2012 2014 SP0 2018 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
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
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
OS X El Capitan (10.11) eDrawings 2017 eDrawings 2018
OS X Yosemite (10.10) eDrawings 2015 eDrawings 2018
Microsoft Products (SOLIDWORKS 2017 and older)
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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.
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.
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.
To ensure optimum performance, it is not recommended to install antivirus software on the SOLIDWORKS PDM vault computer.
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.

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