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Macro Library for SOLIDWORKS Automation

SOLIDWORKS Macros Library

This page contains a library of useful macros, utilities and scripts for SOLIDWORKS engineers. Macros are grouped by categories: part assembly, drawing, performance etc.

Follow the Programming VBA and VSTA macros using SOLIDWORKS API section for guidelines of using and creating macros in SOLIDWORKS.

Best practices for organizing macro library

MyToolbar is a free and open-source add-in for SOLIDWORKS which allows organize the macro library in custom toolbars integrated to SOLIDWORKS environment. Add-in also allows to manage multi-user environment by storing the configuration in the centralized location.

Custom macro buttons in the toolbar
Custom macro buttons in the toolbar

Alternatively macro buttons can be created using native SOLIDWORKS functionality. Read Creating macro buttons in SOLIDWORKS toolbars for more information.

Explore this section to find productivity and automation tools which suit your needs.

For additional productivity add-ins visit the SOLIDWORKS Labs page.



Boosting operational performance of SOLIDWORKS documents and application

Tool to open SOLIDWORKS assembly or drawing in quick view (large design review) mode from the context menu in Windows file explorer

This macro allows to suspend rebuild operation for parts, assemblies and drawings to enhance the performance using SOLIDWORKS API

VBA macro to handle the long running commands in SOLIDWORKS (open, rebuild, suppress etc.) and beep to notify its completion


Automation of importing and exporting SOLIDWORKS files to different formats

Script allows exporting of the SOLIDWORKS file into the foreign format using command line

Macro exports selected assembly component or part to stl format without the need of activating the document. Macro can optionally apply transformation to the exported STL to reorient the output

Console application which exports all files from the specified folder to PDF format using eDrawings API, without the need to have SOLIDWORKS installed or SOLIDWORKS license

Power Shell script to export part file to parasolid format (.xmp_bin) from command line via Document Manager API (without SOLIDWORKS)


Automation of 3D Models (parts and assemblies) and 2D drawings

VBA macro which updates coordinates of the free form (through XYZ points) curve from the linked external text file

Macro allows to delete all of the features in the selected folder in one click using SOLIDWORKS API

Macro renames all the features in the order preserving the base names using SOLIDWORKS API

Macro create new configurations for all features selected in the feature tree and suppresses them one by one in the respective configuration using SOLIDWORKS API

Macro will read all the data from the Excel table and import it into the new general table of the active document or update existing table using SOLIDWORKS API

Macro exports selected table (BOM, General Table, Revision etc.) into CSV format allowing to export with or without header preserving the special symbols like comma (,) and new line symbol using VBA macro

Macro replaces the text in the dimension names of the selected feature or features

Macro will create child configuration where all the dimension will be set to average value based on the minimum and maximum values of the tolerance

VBA Macro to select all features in the active SOLIDWORKS model (part, assembly or drawing) by specifying its type

Macro removes all of the equations (or optionally only broken equations) in the active model (part or assembly)

Macro allows to automatically run macros on every rebuild using the macro feature and designed binder attachment with SOLIDWORKS API

Macro feature to run VBA code on model loading using SOLIDWORKS API

VBA Macro to set title with automatically incremented number from the shared file using SOLIDWORKS API for new files

Example in VBA to export active part or assembly document to IFC format (2x3 or 4) using SOLIDWORKS API

Macro will display the callouts with the diameter values of all selected circular edges in the 3D model

Macro runs VBA code (or another macro) automatically on file load using SOLIDWORKS API

VBA macro to run other macros or code on every new document creation using SOLIDWORKS API

Macro runs VBA code (or another macro) automatically on file save using SOLIDWORKS API


Automation of SOLIDWORKS part documents (*.sldprt): geometry, feature tree

VBA macro renames (translates) the features in the part feature tree using SOLIDWORKS API

Macro to convert all features in part to dumb solids (defeature part) and surfaces using SOLIDWORKS API

VBA macro to rename cut list features (sheet metal and weldment) based on custom properties using SOLIDWORKS API

Macro excludes the solid bodies selected from the graphics area or from the feature tree from weldment or sheet metal cut-list using SOLIDWORKS API

Macro feature to link specified custom properties from weldment cut-lists to SOLIDWORKS file custom properties

Macro demonstrates how to remove all colors from the part document on all levels (face, feature, body) using SOLIDWORKS API

Macro creates a precise bounding box in the part document using SOLIDWORKS API

Diff tool to find the geometrical difference between multi-bodies parts using SOLIDWORKS API


Helpful utilities for developers building software utilizing SOLIDWORKS API

Helper methods allowing to identify the definition and specific type of the selected feature via SOLIDWORKS API and reflection

Macro allows capturing SOLIDWORKS and user commands into the list box


Automation of SOLIDWORKS materials database and properties in parts

Macro demonstrates how to copy the specified custom property from the material database to the model custom property using SOLIDWORKS API and XML parsers


Automation of SOLIDWORKS drawing documents (*.slddrw): tables, views, sheets

VBA macro to export flat pattern views in the drawing active sheet to DXF or DWG or other format preserving the bend notes, annotations etc. using SOLIDWORKS API

Macro will update the referenced configurations for all Bill of Materials (BOM) tables on the active drawing document using SOLIDWORKS API

VBA macro which copies all the referencing drawings paths of the components of the active assembly using SOLIDWORKS API

VBA macro to rename all flat pattern views in the the active sheet after the respective cut-list names using SOLIDWORKS API

VBA macro to scale drawing views in the current sheet based on the geometry size and specified map

Macro will rename all drawings sheets using the value of the specified custom property using SOLIDWORKS API

Macro will move all selected objects in the drawing sheet to specified layer using SOLIDWORKS API

This macro increments the numeric value of the notes by matching regular expression (e.g. incrementing the revision) using SOLIDWORKS API


Automation of SOLIDWORKS assembly documents (*.sldasm): components, mates

This macro exports positions of components to an external CSV text file using SOLIDWORKS API

VBA macro to copy component name to the component reference using SOLIDWORKS with an ability to filter virtual components only

VBA macro to batch set the rigid or flexible option for selected components in the assembly using SOLIDWORKS API

Example will break all external references for all components in the active assembly using SOLIDWORKS API

Macro move the components selected in the graphics area into a new folder in the feature manager tree

Macro adds additional selection criteria to the advanced selection tool allowing to select components which are excluded from bom, envelope, float etc.

Macro performs a permutation for each components in the root level of the assembly using SOLIDWORKS API and saves the results as individual files

Example demonstrates how to open the folder of the selected component in the assembly in the Windows File Explorer

Macro copies the path of the selected component in assembly or drawing into the clipboard using SOLIDWORKS API

Macro counts all unique components selected in the assembly and displays the result in the commands bar

Macro demonstrates how to replace selected components in the batch preserving original selections using SOLIDWORKS API

VBA macro to move suppressed mates in assembly into feature folder using SOLIDWORKS API


Automation of SOLIDWORKS sketch, segments and relations

Macro imports the points cloud from the specified CSV file into the active 2D or 3D Sketch using SOLIDWORKS API

Macro will hide (blank) or show (unblank) all sketches (2D and 3D) in the active document using SOLIDWORKS API

VBA macro to merge selected sketches into a single 3D sketch using SOLIDWORKS API

Macro creates specified number of sketch points on the selected edge in the 3D sketch


Enabling additional security and protection for the models and applications using SOLIDWORKS API

Adds the watermark feature (license) with custom message and name which cannot be deleted or edited


SOLIDWORKS document and system option automation

Macro allows to export all document properties into excel format using SOLIDWORKS API and reflection


SOLIDWORKS geometry automation: custom features, topology optimization

Macro splits the selected surface or solid body by faces creating individual sheet body for each face using SOLIDWORKS API

VBA macro which creates 3D bounding box sketch based on the SOLIDWORKS bounding box with an ability to select sketch segments

Custom Properties

Automation of SOLIDWORKS generic, configuration and cut-list custom properties

VBA macro to sort file and configuration specific custom properties (in ascending and descending order) using logical order via SOLIDWORKS API

Macro copies all the file specific properties into the properties of the active configuration

Macro renames all configurations of assembly or part into the value of the specified configuration specific custom property

Motion Study

Automation of SOLIDWORKS Motion Study module

Macro demonstrates how to create an animation from configurations to represents model history or sheet metal folding


Automation of SOLIDWORKS menus, toolbars, 3rd party add-ins, documents management

Closes all opened documents except of an active one using SOLIDWORKS API

Macro demonstrates how to run the group of macros within one macro using SOLIDWORKS API

Macro to trigger (load/unload) the specified add-in using SOLIDWORKS API

VBA macro to save all currently opened modified documents silently (without the popup messages) using SOLIDWORKS API

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