How to find your SOLIDWORKS Installation Log files

Article by Chris Briand, CSWE updated June 1, 2023


Our Technical teams here at TriMech Solutions will often request the SOLIDWORKS installation log files from clients who are experiencing issues with their SOLIDWORKS Installation. These logs will assist us in determining the corrective actions required for an installation to proceed.

Sample Installation Log File

Sample Installation Log File

Prior releases made it a tad challenging to find the log files as they would be located deep within a user’s folder structure.

(Typically C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\SOLIDWORKS\Installation Logs)

Starting with the 2016 release of SOLIDWORKS, user were provided with an easier method to gather the log files together!

  1. Right-Click the gray title bar at the top of the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager dialog as shown in the figure below.
  2. Choose the “Gather Installation Logs…” option and save the resulting zip file in a known location for a later upload.

Attach the SOLIDWORKS installation log files to your support case and we can have a look at what is ailing your installation!

SOLIDWORKS 2016 Installation Log Files

The “Gather Installation Logs” Option is found in the Right-Click Menu

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Chris Briand, CSWE

Chris has been educating and supporting Engineers, Designers and IT Personnel within the 3D CAD industry since 2002, and was adopted into the fantastic team of applications experts here at Javelin Technologies in early 2006 and migrated along with his team members to the TriMech Solutions team in 2021.  Chris enjoys the continuous learning driven by the ingenuity and challenges Designers bring forward. Innovation using 3D Printing, 3D CAD and other technologies, combined with a diverse background as a technologist, allows Chris to find solutions that accelerate Designers, and take Design Teams to new heights. Chris is currently being held at an undisclosed location, near Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.