How to change the SOLIDWORKS PDM Client License Type

Article by Andrew Lidstone, CSWE updated June 28, 2019


When installing the SOLIDWORKS PDM Client you can select from 3 different license types:  Editor, Contributor or Viewer.  It is very important to make sure that you select the correct license type for the PDM licenses that you own, otherwise you will receive an error when trying to log into the vault.

  • SOLIDWORKS PDM Editor:  Supports working with all file types. Users can add and modify files.  CAD add-ins allow access to PDM functions within supported CAD applications.
  • SOLIDWORKS PDM Contributor:  Users can perform the some actions as with the Editor license but add-ins are not enabled.
  • SOLIDWORKS PDM Viewer:  Allows read-only access to vaults, users cannot add or modify files.

If the license type needs to be changed after the SOLIDWORKS PDM Client software was installed, it can be changed through the SOLIDWORKS PDM Administration program.

Steps for changing SOLIDWORKS PDM Client License type

Open the Administration program and go to Help, then select About SOLIDWORKS PDM Administration.

About SOLIDWORKS PDM Administration

About SOLIDWORKS PDM Administration

In the dialog box select the desired Client type in the drop list as shown below.

SOLIDWORKS PDM license type

SOLIDWORKS PDM license type

Once the new license type is selected, the workstation will need to be restarted before the change will take effect.

Restart message

Restart message

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Andrew Lidstone, CSWE

Andrew is a SOLIDWORKS Elite Applications Engineer and is based in our Dartmouth, Nova Scotia office.