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The following are the minimum system requirements for ArtiosCAD 14.1.1. Exceeding these requirements will in most cases lead to a performance increase. Running ArtiosCAD on a system that does not meet these requirements is not supported.

Windows 10

Windows 10 is not supported in the 14.1.1 version.

Minimum requirements

Minimum System Requirements for ArtiosCAD 14
Processor type and speed

Intel® Core 2 Duo: 2.4 GHz, 2.4 GHz, required.

To fully take advantage of the 3D Data Exchange module, x86 64-bit processors are recommended, especially for importing files of over 100 MB in size. You will need to consider the 64-bit processors for future releases of ArtiosCAD.

ArtiosCAD is still a 32-bit application. All other uses other than 3D Data Exchange modules will require at a minimum x86 32-bit processor. ArtiosCAD will still run on a 64-bit processor but as a 32-bit application.

RAM4 GB minimum

Available hard drive space

  • You need at least 5 GB free disk space for the ArtiosCAD application and 500 MB free disk space on the system partition.
  • If you are using the ArtiosCAD Enterprise client, please reserve an additional 30 GB for the ArtiosCAD application, including the local cache. If your workspaces are large and/ or the cache contents are not purged regularly, you should consider reserving more than 30 GB for the local disk.
Graphics card and video drivers

ArtiosCAD 3D requires a display adapter that is OpenGL and Direct-X compliant.

ArtiosCAD 3D Designer, 3D Connection and Animation require a display adapter with 256 MB or more video RAM. The more powerful the card, the better the 3D experience will be:

  • 512 MB video RAM is optimal for lightweight 3D uses
  • 1 GB or more is required for solid imports and animation

If CAD-X is used in a server environment, the graphics card must still match the above memory requirement. Server-class machines generally do not have high quality or memory graphics cards as standard issue.

Minimum screen resolution1024 x 768 resolution at 16-bit color depth.
I/O Ports and input devices

If you purchased the ArtiosCAD Rubber Nesting feature, ArtiosCAD requires a USB port.

A 3-button mouse is recommended. A 2-button mouse can be used with feature limitations.

Internet connection

TCP/IP v4 required. TCP/IP v6 is not supported.

ArtiosCAD Enterprise 14 uses HTTP as its core communication protocol. For optimal performance, do not drop HTTP to a lower quality of service (QOS), or at least ensure that HTTP traffic directed to the enterprise web server receives higher network priority.

For multi-site enterprise deployments, where a site will communicate with the enterprise frameworks at WAN speeds:

  • T1 (1.544 Mbits/s) is required.
  • T3 (44Mbits/s) is optimal.
  • When deploying fractional T1s for cost considerations, expect lower performance.

Parallels Desktop or VMware® Fusion® is supported, but please be aware that Esko doesn't test all combinations of Mac® OS X and Parallels Desktop/VMware® Fusion®.

Only on an Intel® Mac®. Some limitations apply. Direct3D is the preferred 3D rendering mode.

Mac® Bootcamp has been tested to a certain point but is not officially supported for this ArtiosCAD release.


A situation exists by which HP machines configured with the UEFI firmware crash with a blue screen when ArtiosCAD is installed. At the moment, this is known to happen on HP machines only and is a system crash. Until Esko can investigate the situation, the suggestion would be to build HP machines with the legacy BIOS.

Refer this articles Installation causes computer to crash with Blue Screen error for description and resolution.

Supported Databases

On 64-bit operating systems

ArtiosCAD Standard Edition installs Microsoft® SQL Server 2012 Express 64-bit Edition for new installations.

A localized SQL Server express 2012 must be installed on the same localized operating system.

For example: a German-language SQL Server 2012 must be installed on a German-language operating system. A German-language SQL Server 2012 cannot be installed on a French operating system.

There are some exceptions to this rule:

  • The English-language SQL Server 2012 can be installed on any localized OS.
  • A localized SQL Server 2012 can be installed on an English OS, provided the MUI pack has been configured properly.

See for more details.

On 32-bit operating systems

For new installations on a 32-bit operating system, you will need to download SQL Server Express 2012 32-bit edition from the Microsoft website and manually install and configure your database before ArtiosCAD can be installed.

The DBA must create an instance called Esko, set the sa password to the default password, create a case-insensitive database called ArtiosCADdb and an ODBC entry called ArtiosCAD pointing to the Esko instance.

Before you start the installation of SQL Server 2012 on the database server, ensure that your operating system has been updated with the latest Windows service pack, and that it has all Windows Updates applied. During the installation process, SQL Server 2012 will connect to the Windows Update site and verify whether the operating system is up to date before it completes the installation. If the operating system is not up to date, this will result in a very long SQL Server 2012 installation time.

ArtiosCAD also supports:

  • Microsoft® SQL Server 2008, including 64-bit version
  • Microsoft® SQL Server 2005, including 64-bit version
  • Oracle® versions 9i or newer

Unsupported Databases

The following databases are not supported:

  • Microsoft® SQL Server 7, 2000 and MSDE
  • Microsoft® Access
  • Oracle® 7.3.2, 8, and 8i

Supported Operating Systems

Recommended operating systems are highlighted in green in the tables below.

If an operating system is not listed here, it is not supported. Do not try to install ArtiosCAD on a computer running an unsupported operating system.

Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard(tick)
Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter(tick)
Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials(error)
Windows Server 2012 R2 Foundation(error)
Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Workgroup(error)
Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Standard (error)

Windows Server 2012

Windows Server 2012 Standard(tick)
Windows Server 2012 Datacenter(tick)
Windows Server 2012 Essentials(error)
Windows Server 2012 Foundation(error)
Windows Storage Server 2012 Workgroup(error)
Windows Storage Server 2012 Standard (error)

Windows 10

Windows 10 Home(error)(error)
Windows 10 Pro(error)(error)
Windows 10 Enterprise(error)(error)


Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1(error)(error)
Windows 8.1 Pro(tick)(tick)
Windows 8.1 Enterprise(tick)(tick)
Windows RT(error)(error)

Windows 8

Windows 8(error)(error)
Windows 8 Pro(tick)(tick)
Windows 8 Enterprise(tick)(tick)
Windows RT(error)(error)

ArtiosCAD 14 will run as a standard Windows application.

Windows 7


 SP1 SP1
Windows 7 Professional(tick)(tick)(tick)(tick)
Windows 7 Enterprise(tick)(tick)(tick)(tick)
Windows 7 Ultimate(tick)(tick)(tick)(tick)
Windows 7 Home Basic(error)(error)(error)(error)
Windows 7 Home Premium(error)(error)(error)(error)

Some limitations apply. See the Release Notes.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard(tick)(tick)
Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise(tick)(tick)
Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter(tick)(tick)
Windows Small Business Server 2008(error)(error)
Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation(error)(error)
Windows Web Server 2008 R2(error)(error)
Windows Server 2008 R2 HPC Edition(error)(error)

Some limitations apply. See the Release Notes.

Unsupported Operating Systems

  • Windows Server 2003 (all editions)
  • Windows 2000 (all editions)
  • Windows XP (all editions)
  • Windows Vista (all editions)
  • Windows 2008 R2
  • ArtiosIO will now run on Windows 7 and newer OSs.
  • ArtiosCAD 14.1.1 is expected to install in Windows Vista and Server 2008, however, these OSs should be considered EOL. Users will need to migrate to Windows 7 or 8 and Server 2008 R2 or newer with the latest OS service packs.
Typical ArtiosCAD installations can be Standalone (meaning no other systems are required for ArtiosCAD to work and no configurations are shared), Server (meaning it shares configuration, database and license files with other machines on the network) or Standard Client (meaning it gets its configuration and license information from an ArtiosCAD Server on the network and shares a common database residing on that server). Custom installation allows distribution of ArtiosCAD Server functions to two or three machines.
System Requirements
Applies to


ArtiosCAD Enterprise




Last revised13-Oct-2015

Useful Links

Software downloads:

Software installation: ArtiosCAD 14.1 installation guide

Software installation: ArtiosCAD Enterprise 14.1 installation guide



  1. Anonymous

    Will there be future support for running ArtiosCad on Mac OS...?

    I presume we are unable to bootcamp anymore looking at your system requirements...?

    1. Dear,

      There are no plans to release any ArtiosCAD (client) version to run directly on Mac OS. At least not to next version.

      You can run ArtiosCAD (client) using bootcamp but we cannot support or guarantee compatibility with all hardware configurations.

      If you need to run ArtiosCAD (client) on a MAC it's suggested to use VMWare or Parallels because both are supported.

      Global Support - ArtiosCAD

  2. Anonymous

    Hello, i would like to know if you now support SQL 2014 ??

    1. The current version of ArtiosCAD (14.1.3) is certified to work with SQL 2012.

      SQL 2014 is under tests with current version.

  3. Anonymous

    Hi, guys, where is a price for ArtiosCad 14 on the website? Could you please share contacts of sellers in Russia? Thanks!