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SOLIDWORKS API Getting Started Overview

The SOLIDWORKS API SDK contains all of the functionality you need to develop SOLIDWORKS API applications.

To install the SOLIDWORKS API SDK:

  1. Ensure that Microsoft Visual Studio is installed in c:\Program Files.

  2. Copy \apisdk\SolidWorks API SDK.msi from the installation media to a local directory.

  3.  - or -

     Download the SOLIDWORKS API SDK installer from the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal:

    1. Log into customerportal.solidworks.com.

    2. In the Download section, click Downloads and Updates.

    3. On the Downloads page:

      1. At the top, select the version of SOLIDWORKS whose API SDK you want to download.

      2. On the SOLIDWORKS tab, click the product link for the service pack whose API SDK you want to download.

    4. In the SOLIDWORKS Download EULA page, click the English button and click Accept Agreement & Continue.

    5. At the bottom of the Download and Install SOLIDWORKS Products Using the Installation Manager page, click the manual download method link.

    6. On the Manual Installs page, select a version in the Upgrading from Service Pack list, select the product in the SOLIDWORKS Product list, and click Continue.

    7. On the Manual Download Packages page, click SOLIDWORKS API SDK in the Step 5 - Optional updates table to download the API SDK to a local directory.

  4. Double-click apisdk.exe or SolidWorks API SDK.msi to run the API SDK InstallShield Wizard.

Prior to developing SOLIDWORKS API applications, you should be familiar with using the SOLIDWORKS software interactively and programming in the languages that you intend to use. If you are not, then you should:


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