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SOLIDWORKS API Getting Started Overview

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:

The SOLIDWORKS API SDK contains templates that help you develop SOLIDWORKS add-ins.

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. For SOLIDWORKS Connected installations, copy \win_b64\resources\MSI\SOLIDWORKS API SDK.msi from the installation media to a local directory.

    - Or -

    Modify your SOLIDWORKS installation from Settings > Apps. In the installation dialog under Product Selection, check API Tools and SOLIDWORKS API SDK (install manually). apisdk/SOLIDWORKS API SDK.msi will be installed in your installation folder.

  3. Double-click apisdk.exe or SolidWorks API SDK.msi to run the API SDK InstallShield Wizard. If you have multiple Visual Studio versions, you may need to manually install the templates into the proper template folders. Locate and copy the zip files into the c:\Users\Documents\Visual Studio 20xx\Templates\ProjectTemplates\VisualBasic or Visual C#. Restart Visual Studio. SwVBAddin and SwCSharpAddin are available project templates. See the API Programming Guide for more details.

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