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Manually Updating SOLIDWORKS Toolbox

Article by Joe Medeiros, CSWE created/updated May 6, 2013

This tip on Manually Updating SOLIDWORKS Toolbox came from the SOLIDWORKS Knowledge base. This is a question I receive on a regular enough basis that I felt that it would be worth posting on the Javelin blog. This tip as well as many other great tips can be found on the SOLIDWORKS Knowledge base which can be accessed through the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal at

Here is the Process to manually update Toolbox:

Make a copy of your existing Toolbox 201X (e.g. 2012), NOTE: the entire SolidWorks Data folder, for backup purposes.

Make sure that you have write access to this file (right mouse button click on the SWBrowser.mdb file, remove the read-only flag if present and click OK to apply the change). This file is located the lang/engish folder of the Toolbox directory.

Uncheck read-only option

Uncheck read-only option

Update the SWBrowser.mdb file using the UpdateBrowserData.exe utility. The utility is located in the SolidWorks installation directory in the folder Toolbox\data utilities for example C:\Program Files\SolidWorks Corp\Solidworks 2013\SolidWorks\Toolbox\data utilities. Right-click on the executable and select to “Run as administrator”.

Run Update browser

Run Update browser

In the “Database to Update” field, specify <SolidWorks Data Folder>/lang/English/SWBrowser.mdb and click Update

Manually Updating SOLIDWORKS Toolbox

Update Toolbox

Ensure that the update was successful by checking the UpdateBrowserDataErrors.txt file for any errors.

If you are upgrading from earlier version older then SolidWorks 2012 you may also need to upgrade the Toolbox content:

Browse to <SolidWorks 2012 installation folder, typically “C:\Program Files\SolidWorks Corp\SolidWorks”, and run “sldtoolboxupdater.exe” as an administrator

Toolbox file update

Toolbox file update

Click the “Process” button to begin the upgrade

NOTE: if there is a standard that is missing and you wish to install it, you can click on the “SolidWorks/Toolbox installation media location…” button and browse to the installation media which contains all Toolbox content.

Once the upgrade is complete, startup SolidWorks and ensure that the correct path for the updated Toolbox is specified in Tools > Options > System Options > Hole Wizard /Toolbox.

Toolbox System Options

Toolbox System Options

When upgrading a Toolbox that is being managed by SOLIDWORKS PDM, please refer to the SOLIDWORKS PDM Administration Guide, in Toolbox > Upgrading Toolbox Software > Upgrading to Manage Toolbox Entirely in the Vault.

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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.

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