SOLIDWORKS Explorer & SOLIDWORKS PDM Web Client End of Life

Article by Rod Mackay updated May 30, 2019



Two long standing SOLIDWORKS products are about to take a well-earned retirement: SOLIDWORKS Explorer and the SOLIDWORKS PDM Web Client will be considered “End Of Life” as of SOLIDWORKS 2019 SP5, scheduled for November 2019. SOLIDWORKS 2020 will not include either of these products.

Below is the extract from the Release Notes. There will be EOL announcement messages in the Installation Manager and the respective products beginning with SOLIDWORKS 2019 SP4.

  • SOLIDWORKS Explorer: Starting with SOLIDWORKS 2020, you cannot use SOLIDWORKS Explorer as a stand-alone application. The supported functions such as Pack and Go, Rename, Replace, and Move are available as file shortcut menus in Windows Explorer.
  • SOLIDWORKS PDM Web Client: SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019 SP5 is the last release to support SOLIDWORKS PDM Web client. SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020 products will not support Web client. You can use SOLIDWORKS PDM Web2 to access PDM via a web browser.
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Rod has been using 3D CAD software for over 25 years and has trained thousands of designers to use their CAD systems more effectively. Rod is the Javelin Webmaster and is based in Ottawa, ON., Canada.