SOLIDWORKS Online Licensing Discontinuation


Dear SOLIDWORKS Online Licensing User,

SOLIDWORKS Online Licensing is a named-user licensing model that was introduced with SOLIDWORKS 2018 SP0.0 as an alternative to machine-based licenses.

However, the vast majority of our clients continue to use machine activation. Given the low adoption of online licensing, it is not feasible to maintain the complex infrastructure needed to support it. Consequently, we have decided to discontinue SOLIDWORKS Online Licensing.

The phase-out date is February 5th, 2022.

For SOLIDWORKS 2018 to SOLIDWORKS 2021 users:
SOLIDWORKS Online Licensing will continue to be available until the phase-out date.
We recommend that you contact your SOLIDWORKS Administrator to plan ahead and work with them to switch your licenses back to machine activation directly from the SOLIDWORKS Admin Portalbefore the phase-out date.

Administrators can identify the products configured to use online licensing in the Products tab by doing the following: Under Activated, check the Online Licensing filter and click Search.

After the phase-out date, your licenses will automatically be switched to machine activation when you start SOLIDWORKS. This process will take a few minutes and should not result in any downtime.

For SOLIDWORKS 2022 users:
Online licensing is not available. SOLIDWORKS 2022 products will not use online licensing if enabled. Before running SOLIDWORKS 2022 products, contact your administrator to ensure your licenses are set up for machine activation.

Additionally, you cannot install SOLIDWORKS 2022 products with the Login feature in the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager. You will need to enter serial numbers manually.

Moving SOLIDWORKS to a different machine:
If you need to move your SOLIDWORKS products to a different machine, you will need to activate and deactivate licenses manually directly from your SOLIDWORKS application: Help > Licenses > Activate/Deactivate.

Additional changes:

Starting with SOLIDWORKS 2021 SP5.0, logging into SOLIDWORKS will require a 3DEXPERIENCE ID as opposed to a SOLIDWORKS ID. If you wish to continue to use this feature to synchronize your settings across multiple machines you will need to update to SOLIDWORKS 2021 SP5.0. If you are using SOLIDWORKS 2018 to SOLIDWORKS 2021 SP4.0, the feature will be discontinued starting March 31st, 2022.

Thank you for your understanding and attention to this change. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your Value Added Reseller.



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