The SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager allows you to install all the components of SOLIDWORKS Electrical, in a stand-alone or client/server mode.

SOLIDWORKS Electrical uses several components. During the installation, you must select these components according to the type of installation you want.
  • SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic - 2D application to create and manage electrical schemes.
  • SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D - SOLIDWORKS add-in to integrate 2D schematics with 3D models. The SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D allows you to manage the layout of electrical devices and to route the wires, the cables, and the harnesses.
  • Data - The Data groups all the data required by the software. This data is graphical (files representing the symbols, the title blocks...) or technical (Manufacturer catalogs, data associated to the symbols...). You can share the data tp be accessible for all users.
  • Collaborative Server - A utility to manage the opening and updating of electrical drawings.
  • SQL Server - SOLIDWORKS Electrical requires a Microsoft SQL Server database. You choose to create a new database or use an existing one during the installation.

Type of Installation

You can install all SOLIDWORKS Electrical components on the same machine. This is a stand-alone install. All program data, such as project drawings and reports, is stored on the workstation.

You can also install the SOLIDWORKS Electrical components as a client/server application. Use this type of installation if you want to store the data on a network server. The client/server installation lets several users work on the same project. Client systems must have network access to the server and read/write privileges for creating projects, libraries, and symbols.


Whatever the type of installation (stand-alone or client/server), you must start your Windows session in full rights mode to install SOLIDWORKS Electrical.

You can install only one version of SOLIDWORKS Electrical on a machine. If you are installing SOLIDWORKS, and select SOLIDWORKS Electrical as one of the products to install, the installation program removes the old version of SOLIDWORKS Electrical.

When you start the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager, it automatically detects the existing versions of SOLIDWORKS Electrical installed on the workstation or on the server.

Always back up an existing SOLIDWORKS Electrical environment before you install a new version. From within SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic, select File > Archive Environment, or from within SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D, select SOLIDWORKS Electrical > Tools > Archive Environment.