Gain More Flexibility With SOLIDWORKS Online Licensing

Have you ever wanted to work from home only to realize you forgot to deactivate your SOLIDWORKS License? Been there, done that – but, no more. As of SOLIDWORKS 2018, all products include Online Licensing for versions 2018 and up, excluding PDM. However, it’s only available for single-user/standalone licenses. 

SOLIDWORKS Online Licensing allows you to assign licenses to individual users without the extra step of manually activating/deactivating each time. Custom settings can also be transferred to each computer you work on. There is even an offline mode allowing you to retain your license for up to 30 days without an internet connection.


So, how does it work? By converting your standalone licenses to online licenses. These online licenses can be accessed upon login to your MySolidWorks account on any computer where SOLIDWORKS is installed.

  • Login to Select admin portal located under the drop-down menu below your name.
    • If you are unable to access the admin portal, you will need to contact your administrator to add you as an admin member.  
  • Within the admin portal, you can see all of your company’s SOLIDWORKS users and the products to which they are assigned. Select a product and assign it to only the one user whom it is for.
  • To activate online licensing, you must first deactivate the SOLIDWORKS license on the standalone computer.
  • On the Product Details page, select “Change to Online Licensing.”
    • Note: this will not work if the license has not been deactivated. If you want to change back to Machine Licensing, simply click “Change to Machine Activation.” You may need to refresh the page for changes to take.
  • Once the license change has been made, restart SOLIDWORKS.
    • When reopening SOLIDWORKS, you may receive an error message. Simply close SOLIDWORKS and open again.  
  • Once SOLIDWORKS is open, you will be prompted to log into your MySolidWorks account.
  • You will be prompted to activate any other licenses yet to be switched to online licensing.
    • This prompt may appear a few more times if you choose not to update the other licenses. Simply select “Cancel” each time.  
  • Once successfully logged into MySolidWorks, you will see a blue icon in the upper right corner allowing you to control your MySolidWorks login.

If you run into any problems along the way, our experts are ready to assist. Our Technical Support staff can be reached at (800) 454-2233.

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Alejandro Murillo

Alejandro Murillo

Alejandro has used SOLIDWORKS for over 6 years and enjoys working with customers; he excels at demonstrating workflow solutions available for process improvement. He's actively participated in SOLIDWORKS Usergroups (Madison, E. Iowa, Rockford, Chicago and Chicago West) and at the Technical Summit. As an Applications Engineer, he loves alleviating tough problems our customers encounter.

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