Using SOLIDWORKS Online License Offline

Article by Mersedeh Zandvakili updated June 17, 2020


Did you know that you can use your SOLIDWORKS online license offline when you have limited access to the internet?

SOLIDWORKS online licencing is a very powerful tool that provides you with management and control of your standalone licenses. To get more information regarding online licensing please review our multiple blog articles on how to set up and utilize the SOLIDWORKS Admin Portal.

However, a connection to the internet is required when using online licencing. If the connection is lost, an error message is shown stating:

“Cannot obtain a license for SOLIDWORKS products”

In these situations you can take your licenses offline for up to 30 days. After taking licences offline, there is no requirement for internet access in order to work with SOLIDWORKS.

How to activate Offline Mode

To work in offline mode, in the SOLIDWORKS title bar, right-click the Login icon and select Take License Offline.

SOLIDWORKS Online License Offline

SOLIDWORKS Online License Offline

You can continue to use the product for 30 days without reconnecting to internet. At the end of 30 days, you must select ‘Take License Offline’ again if you wish to continue working in offline mode.

Please note when you are using an online license in offline mode on one machine, you cannot use that license on any other machine.

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Mersedeh Zandvakili

Mersedeh Zandvakili is a SOLIDWORKS Technical Support Applications Expert, based in the Javelin Oakville Head Office.