How to manually download SOLIDWORKS software and service packs

Article by Joe Medeiros, CSWE updated April 18, 2012


The installation file set for SOLIDWORKS is quite large and can take some time to download. In many cases, all that is required, is the installation files for server products, such as SOLIDWORKS PDM, SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM and the SOLIDWORKS SolidNetWork License Manager. In addition, those that want to use the SOLIDWORKS API, can download the SOLIDWORKS API SDK.

These manual downloads do not included the prerequisites, that some SOLIDWORKS components require, but the ‘Required Prerequisites’  can be downloaded from here as well. For most of the Server Products, such as SOLIDWORKS PDM, SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM and the SOLIDWORKS SolidNetWork License Manager, these prerequisites are not required.

Accessing the Manual Downloads is similar to accessing a full SOLIDWORKS installation. Log into the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal account and click on Downloads & Updates:

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Select the service pack you wish to update to:

After accepting the license agreement, at the VERY bottom of the Download & Install Page, you’ll see, “If the Installation Manager Assisted Manual downloads fail, you can individually download, unzip, and install all the files (not recommended)“. This last bit is actually a URL link. Click on it:

Select the service pack you are upgrading from, the Language  and the SolidWorks Product you are updating.

Select the product you want to download from Step 5 – Optional Updates header:

Step 2 lists all of the Required Prerequisite Downloads.

These prerequisites are also available from, the prereqs folder of the SOLIDWORKS installation file-set.

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Joe Medeiros, CSWE

Joe Medeiros is a SOLIDWORKS and PDM Certified Expert. He has been helping SOLIDWORKS users with training, mentoring and implementations since 1998. He combines industry experience with a thorough understanding of SOLIDWORKS products to assist customers in being successful. He shares his experience and expertise through blogs; one of which has been incorporated into the SOLIDWORKS Essentials training manual.