How to Download SOLIDWORKS Block Libraries

Article by Zach Brown on Feb 18, 2021

SOLIDWORKS comes with two premade block libraries for Electrical and Hydraulic schematics. This article outlines how to download and setup file locations to access the blocks from the Design Library.

Where to Start

In the Task Pane, click Design Library and expand the SOLIDWORKS Content folder. 

Click the Blocks folder.

While holding the CTRL key, left-click on the Electrical or Hydraulic block icon to start the download.

Download SOLIDWORKS Block Libraries

After you have CTRL-selected a block library for download, you will be prompted to save the file to a known location. This can be any location you desire, However, the default path for the SOLIDWORKS Design Library is C\ProgramData\SOLIDWORKS\SOLIDWORKS 20XX\Design Library.

For this example, I have created a new folder called Blocks within the Design Library folder.

Download SOLIDWORKS Block Libraries Tutorial

Extracting the Zipped Block Folder

Once the file has been saved, navigate to the correct path in Windows Explorer. Right-click on the zipped Electrical or Hydraulic folder and choose Extract All, or use your preferred decompression utility for extraction.

Extract Zipped Block Folder in SOLIDWORKS

Adding Block Folder to the Task Pane Design Library

Now that the files are downloaded and extracted, it is time to add the blocks to the Design Library in the Task Pane. 

To add the Design Library folder to your file locations, go to Tools -> Options -> System Options -> File Locations -> Design Libraryand click the Add button. 

Browse to the correct path and click OK.

Add SOLIDWORKS Block Folder to Task Pane Design Library

You can also add the file location in the Task Pane by clicking the Add File Location icon. 

Browse for the folder and click OK.

SOLIDWORKS Design Library Downloading Blocks

Once you have added the file location, go to the Task Pane and click Design Library. The folder you have added in the list along with any subfolders as well.

Expand your Electrical or Hydraulic blocks folder and left-click drag a block from the library into the SOLIDWORKS graphics area.

SLOLIDWORKS Electrical and Hydraulic Block Libraries

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About Zach Brown

Zach Brown is a certified SOLIDWORKS Expert and a Technical Support Engineer. Prior to working at GoEngineer, he spent 15 years as a mechanical designer, CAD support tech, and instructor using SOLIDWORKS. His hobbies include playing guitar, riding motorcycles, and skiing.

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