How Do I Find My SOLIDWORKS Serial Number?

What is your SOLIDWORKS serial number? This is a common question that we ask in Computer Aided Technology (CATI) Technical Support. You may be having an activation issue or an issue with the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal. Whatever the reason, there are several easy ways to find the SOLIDWORKS serial number that was used to install SOLIDWORKS on your computer. This blog will step you through a few of the most common ways.

Use Help > About SOLIDWORKS

At the top left of your SOLIDWORKS screen, pull down the Help menu and select ‘About SOLIDWORKS’.

locating "about solidworks" in the help menu

The About SOLIDWORKS dialog appears. As you can see, the Serial No. is hidden. Simply left mouse click Show Serial Number to reveal the serial number.

using the "about solidworks" information panel to find your serial number

QUICK TIP: You can select the serial number text and use Ctrl+C or right mouse click to copy it.

Perform a Modify Installation

Another way to find your SOLIDWORKS serial number is to use the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager. This is very useful, especially if you cannot open SOLIDWORKS and you need to see what serial number is installed.

First, open the Program and Features Control Panel by clicking the Windows Start button and going to Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features. Another way is just to type Programs and Features after you click the Start button.

programs and features control panel icon

Once you navigate to the Program and Features window, select the SOLIDWORKS installation.

Note: If you have more than one version of SOLIDWORKS installed, all versions have the same serial number. So, just click on your latest installation.

You can left click to highlight SOLIDWORKS and then click the Change button. Or, you can right-click on SOLIDWORKS and pick Change.

using programs and features to find solidworks

The SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager window will appear. On the Welcome to the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager page, select the Modify the individual installation (on this computer) radio button, and then click Next.

solidworks installation manager welcome screen

That will take you to the Serial Number page of the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager.

use the solidworks installation manager to reveal your serial number

Since we are only checking to see what the SOLIDWORKS serial number is, you can simply click the Cancel button to exit the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager.

Use the Registry Editor to Show your Serial Number

The last way to find your SOLIDWORKS serial number that we will look at is to view it in the Windows Registry.

Click the Windows Start button, type regedit, and hit Enter or click Run command.

finding regedit in the windows start panel

Note: You need to have Admin rights to view the Registry Editor.

In the Registry Editor window, browse to: ComputerHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWARESolidWorksLicensesSerial Numbers

use the registry editor to find your serial number

The SOLIDWORKS key to the right displays the SOLIDWORKS serial number.

Hopefully, the next time that you are asked for your serial number, you will be able to find it easily using one of the above methods.


Neil Bucalo, CSWP, CSWS-MD
Technical Support Engineer
Computer Aided Technology, LLC

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