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SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP5 for 64-bit Windows is licensed for use by MIT faculty and staff for academic and research purposes only.

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  • Files saved in either SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP5 or 2016 are not backwards compatible with earlier versions.
  • Files saved in earlier versions of SOLIDWORKS can be opened and reviewed with later versions.
  • SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP5 will not be able to open any files saved in 2016.

How to Obtain


Click the Download button on this page (file size: 8.1 GB). (MIT certificate required)

Note: SOLIDWORKS 2014 was the final 32-bit release version.


  1. Download the zip file.
  2. Note: Windows versions prior to 10: You must use 7-zip or other unzip utility that can unzip large files. Windows unzip cannot correctly extract the files.
  3. Right click on the zip file and select Properties.
  4. On the General tab select the Unblock option.
  5. Extract the zip file.
  6. Make sure you are either on MITnet directly or connected via VPN.
  7. Run Setup.exe.
  8. Enter the Serial Number found below, replacing any prepopulated key: SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP5: Faculty/Staff Serial Number & License Server (MIT certificate required).
  9. Enter the License Server information found in Step 7.


About this Version 

SOLIDWORKS SP5 is solid modeling CAD (computer-aided design) software that runs on Microsoft Windows.

  • This license does not include Lincoln Lab, Broad Instituite, or Whitehead employees.
  • System requirements
  • Windows 10 is supported
MIT-licensed SOLIDWORKS Premium components:
  • Composer
  • Composer Path Planning
  • Electrical
  • Flow Electronic Cooling
  • Flow HVAC
  • Flow Simulation
  • Plastics Premium
  • Simulation Premium

Contact Software Distribution with questions about obtaining this software.