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SolidWorks System Requirements


System requirements for Mechanical Design (SolidWorks), Design Validation (COSMOS), File Management (SolidWorks Explorer) and Collaboration (eDrawings)(3).

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Microsoft® Windows® Supported Operating Systems (9)


SolidWorks 2005

SolidWorks 2006

SolidWorks 2007

SolidWorks 2008
Vista (32-bit) (11)
XP Professional (32-bit) (1)

XP Professional (64-bit)

(4, 5, 7)


2000 Professional (2)

Computer and Software Requirements:


  • Minimum: 512MB RAM
    (6) (< 200 features) and assemblies (< 1000 components)
  • Recommended: 1GB or more
    (6) (> 200 features) and assemblies (> 1000 components)
  • Very Large Models: X64 processor with 6GB or more, ie Parts(6) > 1000 features, assemblies > 10000 components or models that exceed the process size limit of 32 bit architecture
  • Virtual memory recommended to 2X the amount of RAM


  • A certified OpenGL workstation graphics card and driver.

    For a listing of tested and certified graphics cards and driver combinations visit the Graphics Cards and Systems web site.


  • Intel® Pentium™ (8), Intel® Xeon™ (8), and Intel® Core™.
    AMD® Athlon™, AMD® Opteron™, and AMD® Turion™
    Note: SolidWorks 2007 is not currently supported on Apple Mac®-based machines.
  • eDrawings® is supported on Apple Mac®-based machines. 


  • Mouse or other pointing device
  • Recommended: DVD drive. Minimum: CD drive (10)
  • If you use Bills of Materials from previous releases, or if you use Design Tables from any release, you must have Microsoft Excel 2002, 2003, or 2007
  • Internet Explorer version 6.x if you are using the SolidWorks online help, SolidWorks Installation Manager, opening SolidWorks files from Internet Explorer, or using the PDMWorks Web Portal
  • For viewing the What's New manual, Adobe Acrobat version 7.0.7 or higher.

  • SolidWorks is tested only with Microsoft's Windows Networking and Active Directory network environments
  • The supported operating systems for network devices to save SolidWorks model files are the same as for the SolidWorks software
  • Novell networks and non-Windows based network storage devices are not tested or recommended

SNL Server Requirements:

  • USB or parallel port required.
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional or Windows Server 2003® (recommended)
  • Recommended: DVD drive. Minimum: CD drive (10)

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