Fix your Draftsight Activation problem

DraftSight™ is a free* 2D CAD product that lets  professional CAD users, students and educators create, edit and view DWG files. DraftSight runs on Windows®, Mac®, and Linux®

Are you continuously bugged by these error while trying to use your DraftSight: A Professional-grade, free* CAD software

If yes then try the following method to get the issue resolved and activate your software (for windows) once again and enjoy using it.

1. Close any running application (optional but recommended).

2. Click on Start > Run and type regedit.

3. Registry Editor will open up.

4. Go to HKEY_USERS and press ctrl + F or click Edit > Find.

5. Type SWActivation in the Find window.

6. Hit “Find Next”.

7. You’ll find the SWActivation key in the list.

8. Simply select and delete  SWActivation key. If you wish you can also rename the key (for this select the key and press F2 and type in the new name like SWActivation_OLD).

9. Close the registry editor.

10. Now connect to internet (required) and start DraftSight.

11. You should now get the Activation window.

12. Fill in your details and click activate.

13. You should get an email for completing the activation process. Simply complete the activation and you’re good to use your DraftSight.

14. You may now disconnect the internet. In case you get following error (which is due to non-internet connectivity), simply click OK to use DraftSight.

DraftSight V1R3* is available for download now. 

Check DraftSight Resource Center to find more information you want about DraftSight.  

Also read as Why should DraftSight Users Attend SolidWorks World 2013?

 *Standalone license. Activation required.

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33 thoughts on “Fix your Draftsight Activation problem

  1. Martin

    It seems if I run it as admin (not an option for the users) it does not ask for activation if the users uses normal credentials then it asks for activation

  2. Rick

    I am having an issue where every time that I open draftsight it asks me to activate and I have entered a few different email address and I have never gotten an email back to activate it! I had our company IT guy install draftsight for as we also use solidworks, but I still get the activation screen! How do I get rid of the activation window?

  3. dennis inawan

    Dear mr deepak , i got some problem. my draftsight alway appear this message “Xml error : unexpected end of file, line = 1282, column = 33517 while loading C:\Documents and setting\barno\application\data\DraftSight\1.2.156\UI\english\application.xml”

    please help ,…


    1. Deepak Gupta Post author

      Dennis can you please try this: Go to C:\Documents and setting\barno\application\data\DraftSight\1.2.156\UI\english and cut paste the application.xml and application.bak to a different location. Now load/start the DraftSight and check.

  4. BBilly

    I keep getting:
    Xml error: unexpected end of file, line = 182, column = 1 while loading….etc.

    I tried the reactivation thing and it didn’t fix it. Any ideas?

    1. Deepak Gupta Post author

      Billy go to C:\Users\User Name here\AppData\Roaming\DraftSight\1.2.285\UI\english and cut paste the application.xml and application.bak to a different location. Now load/start the DraftSight and check.

      Please note the path listed above may be slightly different in you machine

  5. ricky

    I have been using draftsight 64 and just purchased pro. But I can load at all it keeps giving me an error while installing . They didn’t have a problem taking my money but they do have a problem returning my calls. Enough with that while using DS it freezes up and shuts down and I lose my work. This is the reason i bought pro verision hoping to stop this issue. Can anyone help or having same issues?

    1. Deepak Gupta Post author

      Ricky sorry to hear that but I’m also using a Prop version as well free version and I don’t see similar behavior. When you mean it freezes, do you kill/close it OR it goes off automatically.

      1. ricky

        it just freezes and you have to shut it down and lose your work to a point.But I steal havent been able to load DS pro. yet.

        1. Deepak Gupta Post author

          When it freezes next time, then do a ctrl + tab to check if there is any open pop up window from DS that might have gone off the screen. And until you click on that, you can’t do anything.


    Hi Deepak.

    My selection window doesn’t appear whenever i try to select things. so basically its not selecting things. which is very annoying.

    Could you please help me?


    Hi Deepak

    Could you please help me out?

    The selection window and some other commands like ortho and polar are still not working.


    Hi Deepak.

    I had a Draftsight installed on my system. I wanted to update it so I firstly uninstalled the older version and went on to free download it.

    After downloading it didnt ask me anything about my e mail address or registration or activation.

    It allows me to open the older files but some commands are not working like i cant select the objects via selecting window. stretch command is not working either cause of that. instead of stretch it move things.

    Could you please get back to me with a solution that why its happening?

  9. Fanny Trichet

    During my work I need to install Draftsight in computer which has a multiple user accounts.
    One of the users, who don’t have Internet access, has his 30-day-trial period over.
    In order to reactivate Draftsight, I uninstall the software with my account (I´m the administrator). Then, I renamed the “SWActivation” as explained in this tutorial.
    I tried several installations ways that didn’t worked. Firstly, I tried installing the software using my account and activating it (I never received the email). However, once in the user account, the user received the same message box “Your 30-day-trial period is over …”. So I tried installing the software since the user account. But I received the same message box.
    I think that, because of the multiple user account I need to do something more or something different but I don’t know what.
    Sorry for my poor English .

      1. Paul Beaumont

        Thank you for your fast response. I downloaded DraftSight again, and was able to open my existing drawing files in the new version.

          1. Manish Mehra

            Hi Deepak,

            we are also having the same activation issue, we did above steps, done changes in the registry and reinstalled draft sight but no luck, i have also downloaded draftsight from web and reinstalled but its still asking for activation when ever i open draftsight. do you any fix it for that issue ?…. please help us

            Thanks in advance


            1. G Bolland

              Hello, I have this issue as well.
              Everytime I open Draftsight I am asked to Activate. After filling in the details and hitting the activate button no email is sent. I have tried various email accounts, spam filters are not the issue.
              My Draftsight install is on a clean install of Window 7 Home Premium x64. I am not the local administrator as this is not an option on a non Professional Windows Licence, I have administrator access however.
              I have searched everywhere for an answer, other people have posed this question from as far back as early 2011. There are no satisfactory answers. Reinstallation after renaming SwActivation reg key does not work.
              This is quite a flaw to go unaddressed as it makes Draftsight a chore. Will uninstall the program shortly if not resolved.

              1. R Marciw

                I was having the same problem and tried deleting the SWActivation key with no luck until I noticed there was a SolidWorks key (can’t remember how it got there-it must have been there from an earlier install a long time ago) in the same Software subfolder. in the registry. I deleted that key, started up DraftSight, filled in the activation fields and presto! I immediately got a message that my request was submitted and quickly got an email response.


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