2. Legacy System Requirements

3rd Party / eDrawings / Virtual Environments

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.

Microsoft/Apple Products (SOLIDWORKS 2019-2021)

Microsoft Products Start of Life End of Life1
Windows 10, 64 bit 2015 SP5 Active
Windows 7, 64-bit 2010 SP1 2020 SP5
Windows Server 2019 2019 SP3 Active
Windows Server 2016 2017 SP2 Active
Windows Server 2012 R2 2014 SP3 2019 SP5
SQL Server 2019 2020 SP0 Active
SQL Server 2017 2018 SP0 Active
SQL Server 2016 2017 SP0 Active
SQL Server 2014 2015 SP0 2021 SP5
SQL Server 2012 2013 SP2 2019 SP5
IE 11 2014 SP3 Active
Excel, Word 2019 (64-bit recommended) 2019 SP2 Active
Excel, Word 2016 (64-bit recommended) 2016 SP3 Active
Excel, Word 2013 2013 SP4 2020 SP5
macOS Catalina (10.15) eDrawings 2020 Active
macOS Mojave (10.14) eDrawings 2019 Active
macOS High Sierra (10.13) eDrawings 2019 Active
macOS Sierra (10.12) eDrawings 2017 eDrawings 2019


Microsoft/Apple Products (SOLIDWORKS 2018 and older)

Microsoft Products Start of Life End of Life1
Windows 8.1, 64-bit 2014 SP1 2018 SP5
Windows 7, 32-bit 2010 SP1 2014 SP5
Windows Vista, 64-bit 2008 SP3.1 2013 SP5
Windows Vista, 32-bit 2008 SP0 2013 SP5
Windows XP, 64-bit 2006 SP4 2012 SP5
Windows XP, 32-bit 2001Plus SP0 2013 SP5
Windows Server 2012 2014 SP0 2018 SP5
Windows Server 2008 R2, SP1 2009 2017 SP5
Windows Server 2008 2008 2014 SP5
SQL Server 2008 R2 2010 SP4 2017 SP5
IE 10 2013 SP0 2016 SP5
IE 9 2011 SP4 2015 SP5
IE 8 2009 SP5 2014 SP5
Excel, Word 2010 2010 SP5 2018 SP5
Excel, Word 2007 2008 SP1 2014 SP5
OS X El Capitan (10.11) eDrawings 2017 eDrawings 2018
OS X Yosemite (10.10) eDrawings 2015 eDrawings 2018


eDrawings for Mac

Operating systems eDrawings 2019 eDrawings2020 eDrawings 2021
macOS Catalina (10.15)


Yes Yes
macOS Mojave (10.14) Yes Yes Yes
macOS High Sierra (10.13) Yes Yes No
macOS Sierra (10.12) Yes No No


Supported Virtual Environments

(EDU 2018-2019)
(EDU 2019-2020)
(EDU 2020-2021)
VMWare vSphere ESXi 6.0 6.5 6.7
Parallels Desktop, Mac 10 14 14
VMWare Workstation 9 14 15
Citrix XenServer 6.2 7.4 7.6
Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 2016 2019

Notes on Supported Virtual Environments:

  1. 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.
  2. SOLIDWORKS Composer is not supported in virtualized environments.


  1. End Of Life (EOL) 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 EOL 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. To ensure optimum performance, it is not recommended to install antivirus software on the SOLIDWORKS PDM vault computer.
  11. 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.
  12. Beginning with SOLIDWORKS 2020, DVD distribution media will only be provided on request. Please contact your Reseller.