SOLIDWORKS Online Activation

move licenses between different machines easily using MySOLIDWORKS login credentials

Important Update: Online licensing will no longer be available after February 2022. Those using online licensing will be automatically switched to machine activation.


SOLIDWORKS online licensing allows users to move their licenses between different machines easily using only their MySOLIDWORKS login credentials. This is great for users that have a stable internet connection and have several different machines they want to use SOLIDWORKS on. Here are the steps to convert a standalone serial number to online activations. If you’d prefer a video walk through of setting up online activations that can be found here:


1. Deactivate the Standalone SOLIDWORKS license from your current machine activated computer.  Then open SOLIDWORKS, go to the top ribbon, select Help to access the help drop down menu.
File ribbon top of SOLIDWORKS window

In the help dialog box choose Deactivate licenses, in the dialog box choose the SOLIDWORKS serial number you wish to deactivate. Before moving to online licensing a serial number needs to be deactivated.

Help drop down menu


2. After the “Deactivation Succeeded” dialog box navigate to and log into your account

Log in dialog top right at


3. Open your SOLIDWORKS admin portal at MySOLIDWORKS by selecting your name in the right hand corner then choosing “Admin Portal” from the drop down menu.

Profile drop down at


4. Search for your name in the member area section of the admin portal

Members area of admin portal


5. From the member choose the products that you want to change from Machine Activation to Online Activation. In the pop up choose the link “Change to Online Licensing”

Products assigned to member selected


6. The license should be changed to Online licensing, the hyperlinks on the product will also change to Online licensing and change to machine activation.

Once your license activation type has been changed to Online, restart SOLIDWORKS When you restart SOLIDWORKS you will see the error message below. Don’t worry, just close and restart SOLIDWORKS again.

Error message encountered when converting to online activation.


The second restart will want you to login into your SOLIDWORKS account. Use your MySolidworks account login information there.

REMINDER: You need STABLE internet access for online licensing to work. I hope this helps get you set back up to using the Online Licensing function.

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