SOLIDWORKS System Requirements

SOLIDWORKS Products for Windows

Operating SystemsSOLIDWORKS 2016
(EDU 2016-2017)
(EDU 2017-2018)
(EDU 2018-2019)
Windows 10, 64-bit
Windows 8.1, 64-bit
Windows 7 SP1, 64-bit
RAM8GB or more recommended
Video CardCertified cards and drivers
ProcessorIntel or AMD with SSE2 support. 64-bit operating system required
Install MediaDVD drive or broadband internet connection
Microsoft Products
Internet ExplorerIE 10,11IE 11IE 11
Excel and Word2010, 2013,2016 (SW2016 SP3)2010, 2013, 20162010, 2013, 2016
Anti-VirusSupported anti-virus products
NetworkMicrosoft Windows networking. Novell networks and non-Windows network storage devices are not supported
Virtual environmentsSupported virtual environments

eDrawings for Mac

Operating SystemseDrawings 2016eDrawings 2017eDrawings 2018
Mac 10.12
Mac 10.11
Mac 10.10

SOLIDWORKS Server Products

Windows Server 2016(2017 SP2)
Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows Server 2012
Windows Server 2008 R2, SP1 

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Server

SQL Server PlatformElectrical 2016Electrical 2017Electrical 2018
SQL 2016
SQL 2014
SQL 2012

Microsoft Products

Microsoft ProductsStart of LifeEnd Of Life 2
Windows 10, 64-bit2015 SP5Active
Windows 8.1, 64-bit2014 SP12018 SP5
Windows 8.0, 64-bit2013 SP02015 SP5
Windows 7, 64-bit2010 SP1Active
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 20162017 SP2Active
Windows Server 2012 R22014 SP32019 SP05
Windows Server 20122014 SP02018 SP05
Windows Server 2008 R2, SP120092017 SP05
Windows Server 200820082014 SP5
SQL Server 20162017 SP0Active
SQL Server 20142015 SP0Active
SQL Server 20122013 SP2Active
SQL Server 2008 R22010 SP42017 SP5
IE 112014 SP3Active
IE 102013 SP02016 SP5
IE 92011 SP42015 SP5
IE 82009 SP52014 SP5
Excel, Word 2016 (64-bit recommended)2016 SP3Active
Excel, Word 20132013 SP42020 SP5
Excel, Word 20102010 SP52018 SP5
Excel, Word 20072008 SP12014 SP5


  1. Electrical Server 2016 isn’t supported on Windows Server 2012 R2.
  2. 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.
  3. SOLIDWORKS Product Support Lifecycle defines the End Of Support for SOLIDWORKS versions.
  4. SolidWorks recommends using the latest Microsoft Service Pack of Windows, Office and Internet Explorer.
  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 Macintosh® 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

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