For general system requirements except where noted below, refer to the SOLIDWORKS System Requirements. Use this information to ensure you are always working with a SOLIDWORKS supported and optimized system for hardware, operating system and Microsoft products.

SOLIDWORKS PDM (CAD Editor, Contributor, Viewer), SOLIDWORKS Manage

Hardware 2017 2018 2019
RAM 16 GB or more recommended
(8 GB for Contributor/Viewer, Web Client or Web Server)
Disk Space PDM Contributor or Viewer: 10 GB or more
PDM Web Client or Web Server: 5 GB or more
PDM Archive Server or Database Server: 50 GB or more
SOLIDWORKS Manage: 10 GB or more
Processor 3.3 GHz or higher
Supported anti-virus products 
Virtual environments Supported virtual environments 

SOLIDWORKS PDM - Archive Server & Database Server

SQL Server Platform  2017 2018 2019
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SQL 2016
SQL 2014
SQL 2012

SOLIDWORKS PDM - Web Client (PDM Professional Only) 

Web Browsers 2017 2018 2019
Supported: Microsoft Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari

SOLIDWORKS PDM - WEB Server (PDM Professional Only) 

Operating Systems 2017 2018 2019
Windows Server 2016 & Information Services (IIS)
Windows Server 2012 R2 & Information Services (IIS)
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Windows Server 2008 R2, SP1 & Information Services (IIS) redcheckcircle redcheckcircle



  • It is not recommended to install any instances of other applications on the Archive or Database Server. For PDM Professional, it is recommended the Archive and Database servers are two separate, dedicated machines.
  • To ensure optimum performance, it is not recommended to install anti-virus software on the vault computer.