Solid Works For Mac

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These requirements apply to all SOLIDWORKS products except where noted. Use this information to ensure you are always working with a SOLIDWORKS-supported and optimized system for hardware, operating system and Microsoft products.

Operating Systems

(EDU 2020-2021)
(EDU 2021-2022)
(EDU 2022-2023)
Client Products (e.g. SOLIDWORKS)
Windows 11, 64-bitTo be announced
Windows 10, 64-bit
Windows 7 SP1, 64-bit
Server Products (e.g. SOLIDWORKS PDM)
Windows Server 2022To be announced
Windows Server 2019
Windows Server 2016
eDrawings for Mac
macOS Monterey (12.0)To be announced
macOS Big Sur (11.0)
macOS Catalina (10.15)

(End of Life: eDrawings 2022)

macOS Mojave (10.14)
macOS High Sierra (10.13)

Microsoft SQL and Office

(EDU 2020-2021)
(EDU 2021-2022)
(EDU 2022-2023)
SQL 2019

SQL 2019 CU4 required

SQL 2019 CU4 required

SQL 2017
SQL 2016
SQL 2014

SQL 2014 SP3 required

SQL 2014 SP3 required

MS Office
Microsoft Excel and Word2013, 2016, 20192016, 2019

2016, 2019,

2021 (To be announced)

Hardware and Hypervisors




Processor3.3 GHz or higher

16 GB or more
PDM Contributor/Viewer or Electrical Schematic: 8 GB or more

GraphicsCertified cards and drivers

SSD drives recommended for optimal performance

Hypervisors (Virtual Environments)
VMware vSphere ESXi6.76.7 U3To be announced
VMware Workstation1515.5To be announced
Microsoft Hyper-V20192019To be announced
Parallels Desktop, Mac1416.0To be announced
Citrix XenServer7.68.2To be announced
  • SOLIDWORKS and eDrawings require a GPU for optimal performance in a virtualized environment. SOLIDWORKS has tested and certified graphics cards for virtualized environments. For a complete listing, check Certified Cards and Drivers.
  • Check Hardware Benchmarks for applications and references that can be used to help determine hardware performance.
  • SOLIDWORKS Composer is not supported in virtualized environments.

Antivirus Products

Guidelines to help ensure SOLIDWORKS installation success and optimal runtime performance

  • Use a trusted antivirus product.
  • Keep your antivirus product updated to the latest version.
  • Stay updated with the latest antivirus definition/signature file (This defines the known current vulnerabilities and exemptions).
  • Consider creating exemptions for SOLIDWORKS file types and folder locations to improve SOLIDWORKS file based runtime performance such as File Open/Save/Save As and PDM Vault Checkin/Checkout.
  • If you encounter install or runtime errors or warnings from your antivirus product, first check the SOLIDWORKS Knowledge Base for known issues or contact your SOLIDWORKS reseller.

Microsoft/Apple Products Support Lifecycle (SOLIDWORKS 2020 - 2022)


Start of SupportEnd of Support1
Windows 11, 64-bitTo be announcedTo be announced
Windows 10, 64-bitSW 2015 SP5Active
Windows 7, 64-bitSW 2010 SP1SW 2020 SP5
Windows Server 2022To be announcedSW 2028 SP5
Windows Server 2019SW 2019 SP3SW 2025 SP5
Windows Server 2016SW 2017 SP2

SW 2023 SP5

SQL Server 2019SW 2020 SP0SW 2026 SP5
SQL Server 2017SW 2018 SP0SW 2024 SP5
SQL Server 2016SW 2017 SP0

SW 2023 SP5

SQL Server 2014SW 2015 SP0SW 2021 SP5
Excel, Word 2021 (64-bit recommended)To be announcedSW 2024 SP5
Excel, Word 2019 (64-bit recommended)SW 2019 SP2

SW 2023 SP5

Excel, Word 2016 (64-bit recommended)SW 2016 SP3

SW 2023 SP5

Excel, Word 2013SW 2013 SP4SW 2020 SP5
macOS Monterey (12.0)To be announcedeDrawings 2024
macOS Big Sur (11.0)eDrawings 2021

eDrawings 2023

macOS Catalina (10.15)eDrawings 2020eDrawings 2022
macOS Mojave (10.14)eDrawings 2019eDrawings 2021
macOS High Sierra (10.13)eDrawings 2019eDrawings 2020

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Microsoft/Apple Products Support Lifecycle (SOLIDWORKS 2019 and older)


Start of SupportEnd of Support1
Windows 8.1, 64-bitSW 2014 SP1SW 2018 SP5
Windows 7, 32-bitSW 2010 SP1SW 2014 SP5
Windows Vista, 64-bitSW 2008 SP3.1SW 2013 SP5
Windows Vista, 32-bitSW 2008 SP0SW 2013 SP5
Windows XP, 64-bitSW 2006 SP4SW 2012 SP5
Windows XP, 32-bitSW 2001Plus SP0SW 2013 SP5
Windows Server 2012 R2SW 2014 SP3SW 2019 SP5
Windows Server 2012SW 2014 SP0SW 2018 SP5
Windows Server 2008 R2, SP1SW 2009SW 2017 SP5
Windows Server 2008SW 2008SW 2014 SP5
SQL Server 2012SW 2013 SP2SW 2019 SP5
SQL Server 2008 R2SW 2010 SP4SW 2017 SP5
IE 11SW 2014 SP3Ended
IE 10SW 2013 SP0SW 2016 SP5
IE 9SW 2011 SP4SW 2015 SP5
IE 8SW 2009 SP5SW 2014 SP5
Excel, Word 2010SW 2010 SP5SW 2018 SP5
Excel, Word 2007SW 2008 SP1SW 2014 SP5
macOS Sierra (10.12)eDrawings 2017eDrawings 2019
OS X El Capitan (10.11)eDrawings 2017eDrawings 2018
OS X Yosemite (10.10)eDrawings 2015eDrawings 2018
  1. End Of Support (EOS) corresponds to the last SOLIDWORKS release where a Microsoft product is supported (This is synchronized with the Microsoft Mainstream Support End Date). SOLIDWORKS releases after the EOS are not supported for the said Microsoft product and SOLIDWORKS installation is blocked in the case of an operating system.
  2. SOLIDWORKS Product Support Lifecycle defines the End Of Support for SOLIDWORKS versions.
  3. SOLIDWORKS recommends using the latest Microsoft update of Windows, Office and Internet Explorer.
  4. SOLIDWORKS supports each Windows 10 release for applicable SOLIDWORKS releases as long as it is still covered by both the SOLIDWORKS Product Support Lifecycle and Microsoft Windows Lifecycle Fact Sheet.
  5. SOLIDWORKS recommends using a Windows Server operating system for all SOLIDWORKS server-based products. Refer to the Microsoft Windows Server documentation to select the Windows Server edition that meets your needs.
  6. Windows Home Editions and Windows To Go are not supported.
  7. Apple Mac ® based machines running Windows using Boot Camp are not supported.
  8. SOLIDWORKS 2018 on Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 requires the Microsoft April 2014 update
  9. It is not recommended to install any instances of other applications on the SOLIDWORKS PDM Archive or Database Server. For PDM Professional, it is recommended the Archive and Database servers are two separate, dedicated machines.
  10. SOLIDWORKS does not test or certify VPN (Virtual Private Network) solutions but provides best-effort support. Users may be directed to work directly with their VPN provider to resolve issues on a case-by-case basis.
  11. Beginning with SOLIDWORKS 2020, DVD distribution media will only be provided on request. Please contact your Reseller.

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The complimentary eDrawings software for the Mac ® operating system (eDrawings for Mac) contains most of the functionality of the Windows version including animation, measure, and print. EDrawings for Mac is supported in English, French, German, and Japanese.

  • The slddrw file extension is associated with SolidWorks. Use SolidWorks or free viewer eDrawings to open the *.slddrw files. How to convert. Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about SolidWorks for open slddrw file action. Microsoft Windows.
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