SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Where do I download SolidNetwork (SNL) Manager?

Article by Saeed Mojarad (CSWE) updated October 30, 2014


If you are using a network license manager and you are planning to upgrade your SOLIDWORKS, the first step is to upgrade your SolidNetwork License (SNL) Manager on your server. You can upgrade SNL Manager while client machines are running SOLIDWORKS product. However, in some cases you may need to reboot SNL Manager. So, it is wise to perform the upgrading process when no one is using SOLIDWORKS. And to answer one of the most popular questions I should say “Yes. The new SNL Manager supports previous versions of SOLIDWORKS”. So if there are still some users in your company that are using let’s say SOLIDWORKS 2012 it is fine.

If you have your SOLIDWORKS installation files, you can use the same installation media that was used to install SOLIDWORKS to update your SNL.

But if you don’t have access to your SOLIDWORKS installation files for any reason, you don’t need to download them. You can only download the SNL Manager installation files and use them to update your SNL Manager using the steps bellow:

1. Go to and log in with a SOLIDWORKS ID or 3DEXPERIENCE ID associated to an account with active subscription service.  Review our article on Transitioning to DSx Client Care & Order System for details on associating accounts.

2. Select the latest version, select SOLIDWORKS as the product and then press continue

Pic 34. Read and accept the SOLIDWORKS License and Subscription Service Agreement

Pic 45. Click on the link at the bottom of the page under Step 3: If the Installation Manager Assisted Manual downloads fail, you can individually download, unzip and install all the files (not recommended)

Pic 56. Select the Language and SolidWorks Product and click Continue

Pic 67. In the next page scroll down to step 5 – Optional Updates and click on SolidNetWork License Manager to download it

Pic 78. And the last but not the least, after upgrading your SNL Manager, don’t forget to reactivate it:



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Saeed Mojarad (CSWE)

Saeed Mojarad is an application engineer at Javelin Technologies. He received his B.S from Mazandaran University, Iran; and his M.S. from École de technologie supérieure (ETS), Canada. He has several years of experience using SOLIDWORKS in different industries such as manufacturing and aerospace. Currently located in Calgary, he is helping SOLIDWORKS users all across Canada as a technical support and SOLIDWORKS instructor.