SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Database Wrong Version!

Article by Nadeem Akhtar updated May 16, 2019


If SOLIDWORKS is updated to a later service pack, you may find that SOLIDWORKS Toolbox fails with a message stating that the Toolbox database is “…not the expected version”, thereby preventing it’s use.  The common cause of this is when upgrading to a newer version of SOLIDWORKS, the right Toolbox location is not “pointed to” during the SOLIDWORKS installation process and therefore is missed during the upgrade process.  This is more common with network shared Toolbox setups.

SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Database Wrong Version Error

The solution is to update the Toolbox database, browse to SOLIDWORKS installation folder, typically “C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS“, and then to “Toolbox\data utilities” right click on “UpdateBrowserDatabase.exe” and select “Run as administrator”.

Update Browser Database

Click on “…” button to browse for the file “swbrowser.sldedb” located typically in “C:\SOLIDWORKS Data\lang\english“.

To begin the upgrade, click the “Update” button.

Update Toolbox Database

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Nadeem Akhtar

Nadeem Akhtar is a PDM Applications Analyst based in the Javelin Oakville Head Office.