Adding the SOLIDWORKS Manage Add-in to SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional

Article by Joe Medeiros, CSWE updated October 21, 2019


Once SOLIDWORKS Manage has been installed, SOLIDWORKS Manage can be connected to SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional. The first step in in doing this, is by adding the SOLIDWORKS Manage Add-in, in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional Administration.

To do this, launch SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional Administration and log into the vault that will be connected to SOLIDWORKS Manage. This can be done by double clicking the PDM vault or right-clicking on the vault and selecting Connect.

Connecting to PDM Vault

You will asked to enter the password for a user, who has permissions to administer that Vault.

Logging into PDM Vault

Next right-click Add-ins Node and select New Add-in. If you do not have a local view for that vault, on the computer you are working, you will have to do this first.

New Add-in

The SOLIDWORKS Manage Add-in is located by default, in C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS Manage. The actual location, is dependent on the choices that were made during the installation of SOLIDWORKS Manage.

Selecting Add-in

After the Add-in has been added, the Add-in’s Properties will be displayed. Once this information has been reviewed, click on OK to close it.

SOLIDWORKS Manage PDM Add-in Properties

You may receive a message regarding the need to restart the client machines, if this add-in is a newer version then one that is already installed. Click on OK to complete the installation of the add-in.

Add-in Warning

The SOLIDWORKS Manage Add-in, will now appear in SOLIDWORKS PDM Add-ins Node.

SOLIDWORKS Manage Add-in in PDM Add-ins Node

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Joe Medeiros, CSWE

Joe Medeiros is a SOLIDWORKS and PDM Certified Expert. He has been helping SOLIDWORKS users with training, mentoring and implementations since 1998. He combines industry experience with a thorough understanding of SOLIDWORKS products to assist customers in being successful. He shares his experience and expertise through blogs; one of which has been incorporated into the SOLIDWORKS Essentials training manual.