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SOLIDWORKS and SW 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.  

Note: Versions next to green check indicates the earliest version with support.  EOL (End of Life) indicates the last version that is supported.

SOLIDWORKS

Operating System SOLIDWORKS 2022
(EDU 2022-2023)
SOLIDWORKS 2023
(EDU 2023)
SOLIDWORKS 2024
(EDU 2024)
Windows 11, 64-bit

(SW2022 SP2)
Windows 10, 64-bit
Virtual Environments
Supported Virtual Environments

Note: Windows Home Editions and Windows To Go are not supported.

Hardware SOLIDWORKS 2022
(EDU 2022-2023)
SOLIDWORKS 2023
(EDU 2023)
SOLIDWORKS 2024
(EDU 2024)
Processor
64-bit; Intel or AMD (3.3 GHz or higher)
RAM
16 GB or more
ECC RAM recommended
PDM Contributer / Viewer or Electrical Schematic: 8 GM or more
Graphics Card
Certified Graphics Cards
Drives
SSD drives recommended for optimal performance
Software SOLIDWORKS 2022
(EDU 2022-2023)
SOLIDWORKS 2023
(EDU 2023)
SOLIDWORKS 2024
(EDU 2024)
Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint
2016, 2019,
2021 (SW2022 SP2)
2016, 2019, 2021
2021
Antivirus
Antivirus Products

SOLIDWORKS PDM Server Products

Operating SystemsSOLIDWORKS 2022
(EDU 2022-2023)
SOLIDWORKS 2023
(EDU 2023)
SOLIDWORKS 2024
(EDU 2024)
Windows Server 2022
(SW2022 SP4)
Windows Server 2019

(End of Life: SW 2025)
Windows Server 2016
Microsoft SQL SOLIDWORKS 2022
(EDU 2022-2023)
SOLIDWORKS 2023
(EDU 2023)
SOLIDWORKS 2024
(EDU 2024)
SQL 2022

(SW2023 SP2)
SQL 2019

SQL 2019 CU4 required

SQL 2019 CU4 required

SQL 2019 CU4 required
(End of Life: SW 2025)
SQL 2017
(End of life SW 2024)
SQL 2016

eDrawings for Mac

OS SOLIDWORKS 2022
(EDU 2022-2023)
SOLIDWORKS 2023
(EDU 2023)
SOLIDWORKS 2024
(EDU 2024)
macOS Sonoma (14.0)
To be announced
macOS Ventura (13.0)

(End of Life: eDrawings 2025)
macOS Monterey (12.0)

(End of Life: eDrawings 2024)
macOS Big Surf (11.0)
macOS Catalina (10.15)

Hypervisors (Virtual Environments)

Environment SOLIDWORKS 2022 SOLIDWORKS 2023 SOLIDWORKS 2024
VMware vSphere ESXi
7.0 U3c
7.0 U3f
To be announced
VMware Workstation
16.2.3
16.2.4
To be announced
Microsoft Hyper-V
2019
2022
To be announced
Parallels Desktop, Mac
17.1.2
17.1.2
To be announced
Cirtix XenServer
8.2 LTSR
8.2 LTSR
To be announced
      • SOLIDWORKS and eDrawings require a GPU for optimal performance in a virtualized environment. SOLIDWORKS has tested and certified graphics cards for virtualized environments. For a complete listing, check Certified Cards and Drivers. 
      • Check Hardware Benchmarks for applications and references that can be used to help determine hardware performance. 
      • SOLIDWORKS Composer is not supported in virtualized environments. 

Antivirus Products

Guidelines to help ensure SOLIDWORKS installation success and optimal runtime performance . 

        • Use a trusted antivirus product. 
        • Keep your antivirus product updated to the latest version. 
        • Stay updated with the latest antivirus definition/signature file (This defines the known current vulnerabilities and exemptions). 
        • Consider creating exemptions for SOLIDWORKS file types and folder locations to improve SOLIDWORKS file-based runtime performance such as File Open/Save/Save As and PDM Vault Checkin/Checkout. 
        • If you encounter install or runtime errors or warnings from your antivirus product, feel free to reach out to MLC CAD Systems technical support. 

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