SolidNetWork License Manager Manual Activation

Article by Saeed Mojarad (CSWE) updated October 7, 2015


On some occasions when your server is not connected to the internet (temporarily or permanently) you have to execute a SolidNetWork License Manager manual activation. There are a few steps involved in order to properly activate the SNL manager:

1. Start the SNL Manager through Start > Programs > SOLIDWORKS version > SolidNetWork License Manager > SolidNetWork License Manager

2. Select the Server Administration tab

3. Select Modify

SolidNetWork License Manager Manual Activation

Modify License Information

4. You will get a screen where you need to select the product you want to activate, and the activation method. Select the Manually via email  option

Select Manually via e-mail

Select Manually via e-mail

5. Select Save to receive the request file. You may need a USB drive to save the file on it and move it to another computer with internet access

Press Save to create a request file

Press Save to create a request file

6. Email the saved file to

7. SOLIDWORKS Activation will email you back a configure file. Save this file on the USB drive again and move it back to your server as you will need it to load into the activation manager

8. Select Modify in the Server Administration tab

9. Select Open and browse to the configure file that you just received from Solidworks Activation

Open the activation file

Open the activation file

10. You will receive a message window stating the activation was successful

SOLIDWORKS Product Activation Message

SOLIDWORKS Product Activation Message

As explained in the steps above if this is the first time you are activating SNL Manager you need to go through this process one more time.

  1. Select Save to receive the second request file
  2. Email the second saved file to
  3. Once the second file is received, repeat the same open process as outlined above. Modify > Manually via email > Open and select the second file to load

Your SOLIDWORKS product should now be activated.

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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.