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SolidWorks API Add-in Templates and Wizards

These SolidWorks add-in templates and wizards are included in the SolidWorks API SDK:

  • SolidWorks C++/CLI COM Add-in Wizard (Visual C++/CLI - Microsoft Visual Studio 2005, 2008, 2010)

  • SolidWorks C# Add-in Template (Visual C# .NET - Microsoft Visual Studio 2005, 2008, 2010)

  • SolidWorks VB.NET Add-in Template (Visual Basic .NET - Microsoft Visual Studio 2005, 2008, 2010)

    While SolidWorks recommends using ATL and their ATL-based C++ wizards for creating C++ COM-based add-ins, if you are creating a COM-style add-in and are using an MFC CCmdTarget-derived object to implement ISwAddin, you must fully implement ITypeInfo as follows:

  • In the declaration of your CCmdTarget-derived class, add:

    1. DECLARE_OLETYPELIB(<your CCmdTarget-derived class name>)

    2. __declspec( dllexport ) virtual BOOL GetDispatchIID(IID* pIID);

  • In your implementation, add:

    1. IMPLEMENT_OLETYPELIB(<your class name>, LIBID_SldWorks_SWPublished, SolidWorks_type_library_version, 0)  //e.g., 14 for 2007

    2.  BOOL auAm_c::GetDispatchIID(IID* pIID)


            *pIID == IID_ISwAddin;

            return TRUE;


  • In your class constructor, add:




The SolidWorks API SDK expects that Microsoft Visual Studio has been installed at C:\Program Files.

  To learn more about add-ins and their menu items and toolbars:

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