Upgrading SOLIDWORKS Toolbox within SOLIDWORKS PDM

Article by Justin Williams updated April 20, 2021

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If your SOLIDWORKS Toolbox is stored within the vault, you have the option to manually upgrade it, or my preferred method is to use the Installation Manager as I’ve outlined here:

How to upgrade SOLIDWORKS Toolbox using the Installation Manager

In this scenario, the upgrade is complete on the server using the PDM Upgrade Checklist, and we’ve updated the PDM client on one machine, and now we’re finally ready to upgrade SOLIDWORKS to the new major version. 

NOTE: SOLIDWORKS Toolbox only needs to be upgraded once, so we’re going to include it in the first SOLIDWORKS workstation being upgraded, the rest will be able to update SOLIDWORKS and PDM at the same time and the toolbox will be skipped.

Preparing the toolbox for upgrading

  • Log in to the vault, preferably as ‘admin’ but any account with full permissions will suffice
Logged in as Admin

Logged in as Admin

  • Perform a ‘Get Latest’ on the toolbox folder to cache the most up to date version of all the files
Get Latest on the Toolbox folder

Get Latest on the Toolbox folder

  • Check out the database file
    • Default Location; [Vault Name]\[Toolbox Path]\lang\english\swbrowser.sldedb
Check out the database file

Check out the database file

Completing the upgrade

Start the installation manager, and complete the SOLIDWORKS upgrade with the appropriate settings.

  • On the Summary Tab
    • Toolbox/Hole Wizard Options > Select Change
Change Toolbox/Hole Wizard Options

Change Toolbox/Hole Wizard Options

  • Ensure Use an existing SOLIDWORKS Toolbox is selected and the path is correct
Use an existing SOLIDWORKS Toolbox

Use an existing SOLIDWORKS Toolbox

  • Complete the upgrade then check in the swbrowser.sldedb file

Validation

  • Ensure the swbrowser.sldedb updated by verifying the timestamp
Ensure the swbrowser.sldedb updated

Ensure the swbrowser.sldedb updated

  • Check in swbrowser.sldedb to make the updated version available to other users
Check in swbrowser.sldedb

Check in swbrowser.sldedb

Additional Steps

Prior to upgrading any additional SOLIDWORKS workstations to the new version, perform a Get Latest on the Toolbox folder, then the latest version will be cached and the installation manager will skip the upgrade.

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Justin Williams is a Data Management Applications Expert based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.