SOLIDWORKS Online Licensing Discontinuation

Article by Scott Durksen, CSWE updated July 23, 2021


SOLIDWORKS Online Licensing was introduced with SOLIDWORKS 2018 as an alternative to Machine Activation licensing.  Online Licensing provided a “named-user” structure where user accounts could be used to log in on launching SOLIDWORKS to obtain the license.

SOLIDWORKS One Account Sign In

SOLIDWORKS One Account Sign In

Unfortunately due to low adoption of Online Licensing over the past 3 years, the complexity of infrastructure to maintain this licensing structure is no longer feasible and will be phased out over the coming months.  The change will have no effect to the large majority of users still using Machine Activation.

The target phase-out date of Online Licensing is February 5th, 2022


Users may continue to use Online Licensing with SOLIDWORKS 2018 SP0 to SOLIDWORKS 2021 SP5 until the phase-out date.  At this date, opening SOLIDWORKS will automatically switch to Machine Activation and prompt to activate.  The license can be moved to another machine through the Activation/Deactivation process.

Licenses can be switched to Machine Activation prior to the phase-out date by use of the Admin Portal.

The Synchronize Settings feature will require updating to SOLIDWORKS 2021 SP5 for continued use and will need a 3DEXPERIENCE ID to log in.  Clients using SOLIDWORKS 2018 to SOLIDWORKS 2021 SP4.1 will no longer have access to this functionality starting March 31st, 2022.


SOLIDWORKS Online Licensing will not be available starting with SOLIDWORKS 2022 SP0.  Each license will require switching to Machine Activation prior to upgrading.  The Log In functionality on installation will also be unavailable through the 2022 Installation Manager and the serial number will require manual entry.

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Scott Durksen, CSWE

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