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.

73 thoughts on “Fix your Draftsight Activation problem

  1. kenny

    i have a little tip that helped me resolve an activation issue.
    the things i tried an that didn’t help: deleted the swactivation key; uninstalled, reinstalled, went on a different network, renamed the computer, reinstalled windows (!?!)
    so i was almost giving up.
    until i found a little the comment on a forum of a guy that exported the registry key from a working computer and imported it on the troublesome computer.
    this worked and i didn’t get the question to activate anymore!!!
    hope this helps anyone before they reinstall their laptop

      1. David Howard

        Hello Deepak,

        Thanks for your reply.

        None of the solutions i’ve so far found online are Mac-specific, they’re all Windows-based. The one I DID find on Macs had me go in to my hard drive and remove some registry[?] file[s], but that didn’t work

        What happened was;

        I was happily working with the 2014 version, when Draftsight recommended I upgrade to 2015. I downloaded the 20015 version to my Mac Mini [i7processor, 16G RAM,1Tb Memory]. When the 30 day trial ran out, I tried to register / activate, but I never got the e-mail back with the activation code. Since then I have junked Draftsight 2014 and 2015 off my computer completely [i think…] and have gone thru reinstallation several tines, to no avail every time I close the software, I get the same dialog box when opening it again:

        I go thru the registration process again and again without it seeming to remember me for next time to speed things up, i’ve discovered it doesn’t seem to matter what e-mail address and details I put in, so long as it is in a recognised e-mail address format []! It’s also very slow and jerky when my mouse cursor is in the drafting windows but fast and smooth when its over the tool pallets – strange!

        I wonder if there’s something left on my computer from the last installation that hasn’t gone and is stopping re-activation…

        Do you have any software that will completely remove Draftsight

        Any help would be much appreciated – I was thinking of buying the Pro version, but I’m worried that, too, may not work…!

        Kind regards,

        David Howard


        1. Deepak Gupta Post author

          David, wish I had a Mac machine and I could figure out what is going wrong. Could you try the solutions given in following comments:

            1. Feidhlim Harty

              Hi David, I had very similar problems with reactivation on a mac after a couple of years of hassle free Draftsight. Eventually I bought QCAD for €35 and it’s been even better. There’s the odd thing that DS could do that QCAD can’t, but overall I’m happier with it. Hope that helps you.

  2. David Tiffany

    Your suggestions solved the activation issue for me where Dassault Systemes customer service could not.

  3. Feidhlim Harty

    Hi Deepak, I’m not sure if you can help, but I’ve tried other CAD packages and Draftsight is streets ahead of them all and I’d love to get it working again. After re-registering yesterday morning I now get an error message and cannot open it at all.

    Dyld Error Message:
    Library not loaded: /usr/lib/libc++.1.dylib
    Referenced from: /Applications/
    Reason: image not found

    I’ve tried the ProxyServerConfig.xml trick and that didn’t do it.
    I’ve looked at the Stackoverflow site and realised that I don’t know enough about programming a mac in terminal to follow that route safely.
    The machine I’m using is a Mac OSX 10.6.8 and have tried reinstalling DS about 10 times in the last 24 hours, shutting down, starting up etc.
    If you have any ideas that may be able to help me I’d be very very grateful.

    Thanks for all the answers posted so far.


      1. Feidhlim Harty

        Hi Deepak, good to hear from you. It’s 10.8.6 (Snow Leopard). The DS version is the latest one on the DS website. I’ve also scoured the web for older versions to download, but didn’t find that successful. It worked fine until yesterday morning when I reactivated the account.

    1. Deepak Gupta Post author

      Here is something you can try:

      1. Save any open work and restart your machine.
      2. Go to Home/Library/Preferences/DraftSight
      3. Rename DraftSight to DraftSight_OLD
      4. Start DraftSight to see if it opens.

      Also make sure you’ve newer version of Mac OS which I believe are 10.7 or higher.

      1. Feidhlim Harty

        Ok, tried that. Same error message as before. DS still won’t open. The DS systems requirements are for 10.6 or newer, and I have that. I don’t have 10.7 though. Any other ideas would be most welcome.

        1. Deepak Gupta Post author

          You could try re-installing DraftSight using following steps:

          1. Login as administrator.
          2. Close DraftSight.
          3. Go to Applications.
          4. Right-click on DraftSight and Move to Trash.
          5. In addition to that, you are required to remove files present in ~/Library folder corresponding to DraftSight to completely uninstall DraftSight.
          6. Go to Home /Library/Preferences. Delete DraftSight folder. (Additionally, few applications are available for Mac OS, which completely uninstalls applications from Mac OS.)
          7. Re-install DraftSight.

                1. Feidhlim Harty

                  Ok, tried that. Found the and deleted that, but couldn’t find any other supporting files or folders, even in the Library/Preferences folder, where they had been before. Redownloaded, reinstalled, same error message.

                  Does the line: Library not loaded: /usr/lib/libc++.1.dylib mean anything constructive to you at all? :-)

                  1. Feidhlim Harty

                    Hi Deepak,

                    I couldn’t sort out Draftsight, but have downloaded QCAD and am using that at present. Thanks for your help last week. Hopefully there will be a my-mac-compatible version at some stage in the future. :-)

  4. Radek

    Hi Everyone, I use Mac Yosemite and installed Draft Sight for Mac (Beta). I had the same problem with activation. I solved it by renaming ” proxyserverconfig.xml” file to “proxyserverconfig-old.xml”. This file is in Draft Sight file on your mac. If you use Finder you’ll find it. After this I received the activation mail after this and I can work!

    1. kaste

      Just tried to activate by your sugestion on Mac. This is what I get:

      There was an error process your registration.
      Visit the DraftSight Community and review the iQuestions for possible solutions, or to report a problem

    2. Hector Mendez

      This workaround does not work. I’ve renamed the file /Users/Draftsight/ProxyServerConfig.xml to ProxyServerConfig-Old.xml and I still have to activate the software everytime I launch it.

  5. tony

    iMac late 2007 64bit. I’ve uninstalled and reinstalled DS but the activation didn’t work. Even if I connect with my iPhone (tethering) no proxy or stuff like that, the activation windows which keep asking me for registration, when I fill the form nothing happens, didn’t receive any mail, and the app closed. Then, suddenly, after trying a few times the same procedure (open the app, fill the form and hit “register”)…voilà, the app opened, I didn’t receive any mail and I didn’t do nothing strange, the only thing is that I was always connected to the internet, so maybe it takes lots of minutes (almost an half an hour) to conclude the process. Hope this post helps someone which is in my same bad situation.

  6. K Kivelä

    Hello Mr. Gupta,
    i have used DraftSight on my Mac for a year now. It stopped working when year changed and now i can’t download it anymore. I’m lousy with computers and I don’t know what to do. :/ I get DraftSight on my computer in Applications file, but then when i try to open it, it always says that “There is a problem why DraftSight cannot be opened, check if it works with your Mac OS X-version. You might have to reinstall…” (Probably poor translation.) I have Snow Leopard and all of the minimum system requirements should be ok. I have tried to remove DraftSight and install it again, but it doesn’t work. It says Dyld Error Message: Library not loaded…Reason: Image not found

    Please help me before i waste again the whole day trying to fix this. :)

  7. Martin

    Hi I fixed the issue I was having.

    I un-installed DraftSight and then promoted the user an administrator installed DraftSight and did the activation, then demoted the user back and it works fine.

    I believe when you install DraftSight it asks for admin rights and it then asks you to register whilst using the elevated permissions so when you restart and use it as a normal user the registration details are in the appdata for the elevated user not the non admin user.

    Hope this helps.

  8. 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

  9. 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?

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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?

  16. 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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