Have you upgraded to SOLIDWORKS 2019, but forgot to have SOLIDWORKS automatically update the toolbox? I’ll be going over exactly how to perform a manual update to the toolbox utilizing an adapter found within your SOLIDWORKS files that can do it all for you.
Step 1: Make a copy of your existing Toolbox
Let’s jump right into it and start by making a copy of your already existing toolbox version that you’d like to upgrade as a backup copy. Your toolbox can typically be found in the default location in your C: Drive. The entire toolbox folder, by default, is named “SOLIDWORKS Data” and can be found in the following location: ‘C:\SOLIDWORKS Data’. Right-click on the SOLIDWORKS Data folder and hit Copy, and then right-click in the same folder (or on your Desktop if you prefer) and choose to Paste it.
Step 2: Manual update
Now that the backup has been created, we can begin the process of manually updating your toolbox. Navigate to the following location, ‘C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\Toolbox\lang\English’. Within this folder, there will be a file named “
Step 3: Run
Browse to ‘C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\Toolbox\data utilities’ and find the executable named “UpdateBrowserData.exe”. Right-click on it, and choose to Run as Administrator.
Step 4: Check the location
In the “Database to Update” field, ensure that the location in the box is set to the correct location found in Step 2. (C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\Toolbox\lang\English\swbrowser.sldedb)
Step 5: Update
Click the Update button at the bottom of the window and the updater should begin running. This may take a couple of minutes to update all of your toolbox files.
Step 6: Repoint the toolbox
Once it is done, repoint your SOLIDWORKS toolbox location to this Data folder by loading up SOLIDWORKS and heading to your Options > System Options > Hole Wizard/Toolbox. Click on the browser button (the three dots) and browse to the new SOLIDWORKS Data folder and hit OK. And now you’re ready to use your newly updated SOLIDWORKS Toolbox!