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.

152 thoughts on “Fix your Draftsight Activation problem

  1. ViKo

    Dear Deepak Sir, We have install DrafSight on Citrix and publish App (using roaming profile). Every time user launch this application it ask for activation. Can anyone suggest what to do for this.
    Thanks in Advance…..

  2. JeWy85

    Draftsight 2018 sp3 cannot activate please help I have the problem about activate since Draftsight 2017 so I have to go back using Draftsight 2016 sp2 and hot fix and activation process is working fine every time I enter the information but the latest update build of windows 10 I cannot use Draftsight 2016 sp2 and hot fix anymore so I have to install latest Draftsight 2018 sp3 from after I open the program it ask me to migrate from old version and send me to register page and every time I enter information it blink and program is close it-self with no message that said that e-mail was send, I have try all 4 e-mail address that I have without success, I also try all the method mention here including add to trusted website, registry tweak, turn off firewall before activation it give me the same problem every time. my spec is:
    ASUS S410U
    core i5-8250u
    ram: 8gb
    SSD: 256GB
    windows 10 single language version 1809
    please help with the activation process

  3. Chris

    Thanks so much Deepak. Easy to follow step by step instructions. Solved a problem i have been struggling with for a while. Your post was a great help!!

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  5. Ian Izzett

    I am having same problem in starting Draftsight. I started using it several years ago, but the trouble started when my laptop was stolen from my vehicle. In desperation I have searched for substitute software. Among others I located and loaded babacad. WARNING. All my dwg file have now been re-tagged as BabaCAD.Documents and the other programmes that I have that read`dwg file are now having trouble reading them.

  6. Semih

    Hello, last week I have installed DraftSight 2018 SP1 and I did the activation successfully. Yesterday I have upgraded my my laptop harddrive to SSD, I re-installed my Windows 10 Pro. Since then I can’t open DraftSight. I double click to the shortcut, it popped up like normal and started to load but before I could see anything load on the screen, the application closes.
    I have tried everything but I couldn’t solve the problem.
    Does anyone have an idea?

      1. M Colon

        Hello. I have a simillar issue. I install 2018 SP2 (or 1 it does not matter which) and can go through the activation process fine and start the software once. Once I have closed the software and I try to restart it the draftsight start-up windows pops-up and then the software seems to start but direclty shuts down. Once I restart it it will take me to the registration window once again. If i run the activation everything will work but the software will not start. If I clean the registry then it works once again en then bugs again. Any help welcome. BTW= Windows 10 Pro 64

  7. Jake

    None of these fixes worked for me unfortunately. What did work(so far) was to uninstall Draftsite and run CCleaner then download DS2018 in Explorer(had been using Firefox) and after installation it just opened and ran right. Did not prompt me with registration though…… Had been running DS2017 SP2 untill in crashed and started in with the re-activation stuff…

  8. Carlos

    We tried Draftsight for Mac some time, but now, re-activation is impossible, and nobody is able to give us any solution for that.
    Afortunately, we used the free version before to buy the porfesional licences, that was our first intention. After this deception, we decided to purchase Ares Commander Edition, as it demostrates that it works properly on Mac
    Just as a sugestion, I think you souldn’t release a product if it is not 100% tested and OK, as the prestige of the maker is damaged so

  9. Oli


    I tried the registry tweak, it didn’t work for me.

    What did work for me – I connected to Canada using my Private Internet Access VPN service, after which the activation process worked fine. I tried this as I am in the UK and thought I had seen Canada mentioned somewhere in my attempts to get it working. Don’t ask me why or where… but it worked!

    Just thought I’d mention it here as this was one of my many stops before finding my solution! Hope it helps someone!



  10. Nigel Edwards

    I had the same problem on a dual boot system, the program was automatically installing on C drive instead of D so had to fix it in the registry.
    Dassault, you could give an option where to install on the loader

  11. anonymous

    Shh do not tell them this works: To get rid of the activation message just open Regedit.exe and navigate to: “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SWActivation\K2” Delete any sub key and value below “K2” (default key stays). Now edit permission on “K2”. Remove Full-Control from your Current-User and set to Read-Only instead. Replace permission on this object. You should be able now to start DraftSight without the activation message.

    1. ashrafhossain115665452

      you’re a god-send! finally worked. FYI. If you are not being able to change Permissions to Read-only its probably because its inheriting permission. Click on “Advanced” and click on “Disable Inheritance”. After that you should be able to un-check “Full-Control” and keep only “Read” checked.

  12. Tapan Prajapati

    Hello sir,

    i Already done this activity for activate Draft sight but no any mail receive for activation…..might be is it take some time in days…

    Thanks in advance…

      1. Maurie Lang

        Hello Deepak,
        Thanks for all the good advice. I had the activation problem and after adding Solidworks to the trusted sites list was able to complete the activation form. I did not receive the code to the email address I used (I had used it on a previous registration), but did receive it when I used an alternative email address.

    1. Vic

      Finely frustration is over after trying for two weeks to reactivate. Once I added to trusted sites per instructions I got the activation email and now I can use the program again.
      My company recently updated my computer and after re-downloading Draftsight I needed to activate but never got that email. Deepak you are a life saver with this info. Million thanks!

      1. Bill

        same problem for me. followed the SWActivation steps, then installed the hotfix. though this is my first time installing DraftSight, the hotfix states there are no files to alter and did nothing.
        Any advice for a first time user?

  13. Eric French

    I was having this activation “issue” and followed this little procedure, and “TA-DAH!!” It works!!

    Thank you for saving my bacon!! 🙂

  14. ANder

    I have problem with draftsight activation 2017 sp2, when input activation info, program crash and close. When open again that program require activation…


    I work at a company with pretty tight internet security, so the normal activation process does not work. I found this work-around, which may also work for some people:
    1. Boot up in “safe mode with networking”. (keep hitting the F8 key while booting up until the “advanced booting options” screen comes up.
    2. Open Draftsight – fill out the activation email form.
    3. In my case, my email is Outlook, which will not work in safe mode. Shutdown the computer and reboot in normal mode.
    4. Open your email and find the activation email. Copy the “click here” activation hyperlink into a blank Wordpad document and save the document.
    5. Shutdown and reboot in “safe mode with networking”. Open the Wordpad document and click on the hyperlink. This should activate the software.

  16. waintdeir

    Hi! I managed to activate DraftSight2017SP2 after some testing by putting my Proxy Settings into “%ProgramData%\Dassault Systems\DraftSight\ProxyServerConfig.xml”.
    I have chosen “type 3” with the correct IP and Port of our proxy server.

    While activation it was possible to enter proxy settings into the wizard, but at starting the program after activation the proxy settings were lost and could not be set (the part where DraftSight tries to verify your activation).

    Admin rights are needed to modify the file, maybe that’s the problem…

  17. Norbert

    There is a small bug in Draftsight. I installed it (with admin rights) on WIN 10 PRO (domain computer) and user cant use it without admin rights because he cant activate it. On admin rights it doesnt ask again for registering.

  18. Rodrigo Belini

    Hello, I tried above steps to activate de draft sight, but I didn’t recieve the e-mail message in the last step. I’ve downloaded the last version on the site, but even so I couldn’t activate.

    1. Deepak Gupta Post author

      Did you tried the other options/solutions stated by others? Further there was a DraftSight hotfix released recently due to some issue? Have you installed that?

      1. Rodrigo Belini

        First I uninstalled the program and deleted all the keys in the registry, including “SWactivation”, and then installed the hotfix, and tried again the activation, and the problem was solved.

        Thank you so much.

  19. Denis Hascal

    Hello, you have published in 2012, we are in 2016 and your solution is still working perfectly, congratulations !
    In fact, I was registered but at the end of 12-13 month period you have to confirm your registration. Which I did, but the system continued to ask my particulars. I had chatted with DS technical support, they knew about the issue but did not know how to solve it, you are better than them !
    Thank you again

  20. Gaga

    Its working. Funciona perfecto, ahora ya dejaba hacer el registro bien y el programa me mando el email de activacion cosa que no hacia antes, ahora esta super super genial, realmente resuelve todos los problemas de activación es necesario solo poner el email y queda todo perfecto. Muchas gracias Deepak, los latinoamericanos que usamos draftside te lo agradecemos.

  21. Mukesh Gupta

    Dear Deepak
    Bloody Hell, It worked without a hitch
    Can this be done in definitely by renaming SWActivation_old to SwActivation_old2
    Thanks Deepak
    Is there a way to run my old favourite Auctocad14 on windows10x64
    Thanks once again

  22. Blueandgold

    After trying EVERYTHING I found the way:
    Just disable Windows Firewall to do the activation process.
    After that, you can use DS normally and set the Firewaal on.
    (I also allowed DS to jump the Firewall manually)

  23. Iqbal Tawakal Sina

    i downloaded and installed draftsight free version. Then I tried to activate 30-day draftsight professional. But, after expired, draftsight always shows notification “Your 30-day trial of Draftsight Professional has EXPIRED”. I’m still able to use the free version, but it takes long time to open the software before seeing that notification. How to remove the notification, so I can go back to use my free version like using it for the first time??

  24. 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.

          1. LumiEus

            What worked for me after a lot of trouble: take uit the LAN cable, and connect the computer via WLAN. find proxyserverconfig.xml and erase (or rename) it. Now open Draftsight, fill in the form. You will get the message that a mail has been send and you should click to activate. After some minutes, the mail will come, click and settles for a year again. Pffft It has to do with proxyservers. See this link:

  25. David Tiffany

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

  26. 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. 🙂

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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. 🙂

  30. 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.

  31. 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

  32. 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?

  33. 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.

      1. daveeee

        Deepak, I have the same problem as Dennis, but your solution is not working for me. I do not have this file location that is called out. There is nothing in there.

        1. Deepak Gupta Post author

          Dave, 1.2.156 might be an old folder name based on the version. Can you check if there are any other folder in this location C:\Documents and setting\your user name\application\data\DraftSight

  34. 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

  35. 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?

  39. 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. JollyRoger

      In linux, the equivalent to this solution is to delete your K2.conf, try:

      rm ~/.config/SWActivation/K2.conf

      The next time you launch DraftSight it will prompt you to register again, fill the form again and check you e-mail, the confirmation should be sent now. This worked for me on Debian 9 (Stretch).

      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.

                  1. Jackie

                    What key is it Marciw ?
                    I got the same problem, can not received activation email, even after delete the SWActivation key.
                    Thanks for sharing


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