SOLIDWORKS 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.

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Operating Systems
Windows Server 2019
(2019 SP3)
Windows Server 2016
(2017 SP2)
Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows Server 2012
Windows Server 2008 R2, SP1
SQL Server
SQL 2017
SQL 2016
SQL 2014
SQL 2012


SOLIDWORKS Products for Windows

(EDU 2017-2018)
(EDU 2018-2019)
(EDU 2019-2020)
Operating Systems
Windows 10, 64-bit
Windows 8.1, 64-bit
Windows 7 SP1, 64-bit
(End of life: SW2020 SP5)
Virtual environmentsSupported virtual environments (hypervisors)
Processor3.3 GHz or higher
RAM16 GB or more
PDM Contributor or Viewer: 8 GB or more
PDM Web Client or Web Server: 8 GB or moreECC RAM recommended
Graphics CardCertified cards and drivers
DrivesSSD drives recommended for optimal performance
Disk SpacePDM 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
Microsoft Excel and Word2010, 2013, 20162010, 2013, 20162013, 2016,
2019 (SW2019 SP2)
Browsers (PDM Web2 Client)Microsoft Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge,
Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari
AntivirusAntivirus products


eDrawings for Mac

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


Microsoft Products (SOLIDWORKS 2017 – 2019)

Microsoft ProductsStart of LifeEnd of Life 1
Windows 10, 64-bit2015 SP5Active
Windows 8.1, 64-bit2014 SP12018 SP5
Windows 7, 64-bit2010 SP12020 SP5
Windows Server 20192019 SP3Active
Windows Server 20162017 SP2Active
Windows Server 2012 R22014 SP32019 SP5
Windows Server 20122014 SP02018 SP5
Windows Server 2008 R2, SP120092017 SP5
SQL Server 20172018 SP0Active
SQL Server 20162017 SP0Active
SQL Server 20142015 SP02021 SP5
SQL Server 20122013 SP22019 SP5
SQL Server 2008 R22010 SP42017 SP5
IE 112014 SP3Active
Excel, Word 2019 (64-bit recommended)2019 SP2Active
Excel, Word 2016 (64-bit recommended)2016 SP3Active
Excel, Word 20132013 SP42020 SP5
Excel, Word 20102010 SP52018 SP5


Microsoft Products (SOLIDWORKS 2016 and older)

Microsoft ProductsStart of LifeEnd of Life 1
Windows 7, 32-bit2010 SP12014 SP5
Windows Vista, 64-bit2008 SP3.12013 SP5
Windows Vista, 32-bit2008 SP02013 SP5
Windows XP, 64-bit2006 SP42012 SP5
Windows XP, 32-bit2001Plus SP02013 SP5
Windows Server 200820082014 SP5
IE 102013 SP02016 SP5
IE 92011 SP42015 SP5
IE 82009 SP52014 SP5
Excel, Word 20072008 SP12014 SP5


  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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