SOLIDWORKS PDM Client Installation

Article by Nadeem Akhtar updated April 8, 2020


The SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard installation consists of three components, SQL Express, PDM Server and the SOLIDWORKS PDM Clients. In this post we will cover a SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard Client Installation. The SQL Express and PDM Server installation were covered in a previous post.

Installing the PDM Client

PDM is installed using the same Installation Manager that is used by SOLIDWORKS. To install SOLIDWORKS PDM Client select “Individual (on this computer)” and click on Next.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Client Installation

On the summary page click on CHANGE

List of Products

Select the SOLIDWORKS PDM Client from the list of products and click on Back to Summary to return to the previous page.


On the summary page expand the SOLIDWORKS PDM Options and click on CHANGE to select the PDM products


From the list of products, select the PDM Product, PDM Client Type and Add-ins and click on Back to Summary to return to the previous page.


Identify the installation location, or accept the default and continue with the installation

Installation Manager Summary Install Now

Accept the license agreement and click on Download and Install (if the installation files are not downloaded already) or click on Install Now to complete the installation.

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Nadeem Akhtar

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