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The following are the minimum system requirements for ArtiosCAD. 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. 

Minimum requirements

Minimum System Requirements for ArtiosCAD

Processor bitness

ArtiosCAD is a 32-bit application, but will run on a 64-bit processor. It is expected that within near releases (23.03- 23.07), ArtiosCAD will be converted to a 64-bit application to take full advantage of such an architecture, particularly memory. 

Outlook integration

ArtiosCAD will then no longer be supported on 32-bit machines nor will it be able to integrate with apps like MS Outlook that may have been installed as 32-bit apps.

DWB standards

DWB standards may not be supported. ARDs that were derived from a DWB standard will stay contain geometry but possibly not the rebuildable component.

This limitation is under review.  The RnD will attempt to support DWB-derived assets for parametrics, but that cannot be guaranteed.


CAD-X will also then be 64-bit.  Any 32-bit 3rd party application using 32-bit CAD-X will not be able to instantiate a 64-bit CAD-X. 

The API will still be backwards compatible.

Solidworks Export

Historically, ArtiosCAD provided an export integration with Solidworks 2010 if that solidworks version was already installed on a user system by a previous version of ArtiosCAD. That version was a 32-bit module and will not run in an ArtiosCAD 64-bit version. The ability to create such an output will be removed.

Solidworks Import

For 22.11, 3D imports of Solidworks files must be on 64-bit processors. 32-bit processors will not work.

Movie formats

QuickTime will not be supported.

Processor type and speed  ArtiosCAD 2DIntel® Core 2 Duo: 2.4 GHz, 2.4 GHz Intel® Core (TM) i7
ArtiosCAD 3D - Animation2.4 GHZ - 64 bit Intel® Core (TM) i7
ArtiosCAD 3D - 3D Data Exchange3.0 GHz - 64 bit Intel® Core (TM) i7


4 GB

Windows 11

Windows 11 itself requires 4G.  The minimum recommendation for Windows 11 is 8G.


ArtiosCAD 3D - 3D Data Exchange8 GB

16G when opening files 500M-1G

16G+ on systems running many applications concurrently

Available hard drive space

ArtiosCAD installation10 GB (+1 GB on C drive)
ArtiosCAD Enterprise Client+100 GB+200 GB
Solid state drive (SSD)
Improves startup time and access to local files such as defaults of designs and the Enterprise cache.

Windows 11

Windows 11 requires 64G of disk space for itself.  This requirement should be taken into consideration when installing any new software.

Graphics card and video drivers

ArtiosCAD 3D requires a display adapter/graphics card that is OpenGL compliant.

The graphics card driver must support WDDM 2.0 (which most do)

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.

1 GB 2G+
Minimum screen resolution

1024 x 768 resolution at 16-bit color depth.

720p 1280x720

FHD 1920x1080
WUXGA 1920x1200

System text scale/zoom size no more than 125%. 150% or higher may be attempted if the display results are satisfactory for the tools used on a regular basis as determined by the customer. Esko makes no representation that zoom levels above 100% will be properly represented on all monitors.

For use with an external monitor, the system text zoom/scale size, must be set to the same value for each display/monitor for 3D to render correctly. Windows 7 uses the same size for both monitors whereas Windows 10 allows each monitor to be set separately.

UHD/4K has not been certified. If such resolution is attempted on an external monitor, understand that the system text zoom/scale setting must match for 3D to render properly. Text appearance may not be satisfactory at these resolutions if the recommended system text zoom/scale is not used.

See the following Knowledge Base articles for more information:

KB211037274: ArtiosCAD - Can I run the application on a 4k (high-resolution) monitor

KB185620616: ArtiosCAD - Windows zoom level on larger, higher resolution monitors and its effect on ArtiosCAD toolbar icon and text sizes

I/O Ports and input devices
Internet connection 

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

ArtiosCAD Enterprise client communicating with central site at WAN speeds

T1 (1.544 Mbits/s)

HTTP at high QOS

T3 (44 Mbits/s)

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

 Virtualized 3D rendering may not provide the same performance as native hardware.

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


HP Machines preconfigured UEFI firmware:

Refer this article for description and resolution:

KB83170238: ArtiosCAD - Installation causes computer to crash with Blue Screen error

Legacy BIOS

Tablets like Surface Pro have not been certified. In many cases, this hardware does not match the minimum required specifications. Screen sizes are also smaller than optimal and compatibility scaling mode needs to be disabled.

Supported Databases

On 64-bit operating systems

ArtiosCAD 20 and higher is certified for use with Microsoft® SQL Server 2019, 2017, 2016, 2014.

ArtiosCAD Standard Edition installs Microsoft® SQL Server 2019 Express 64-bit Edition for new installations.

Windows Server versions

Please check your Windows Server version. SQL Server 2019 can only run on Windows Server 2016 or higher, even though ArtiosCAD itself can run on Windows Server 2012.

A localized SQL Server express 2019 must be installed on the same localized operating system.

For example: a German-language SQL Server 2019 must be installed on a German-language operating system. A German-language SQL Server 2019 cannot be installed on a French operating system.

There are some exceptions to this rule:

  • The English-language SQL Server 2019 can be installed on any localized OS.
  • A localized SQL Server 2019 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 need to download SQL Server Express 2012-2019 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 2019 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 2019 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 2019 installation time.

ArtiosCAD also supports:

  • Oracle® 12c 

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.

Virus scanners

In some cases where an operating system has an active virus scanner or security management system active, installation of software may cause issues.

In that case, stop the virus scanner or de-activate the security management system during the installation, and start it again afterwards.

Windows Server 2019



Windows Server 2019 Standard(tick)
Windows Server 2019 Datacenter(tick)
Windows Server 2019 Essentials(error)

Windows 11

Windows 11 Pro(tick)
Windows 11 Enterprise(tick)
All other editions(error)

For full description of all Esko products on Windows 11 see: Windows 11

Windows 10 (with limitations)

Case sensitivity

Case sensitive file systems will not be supported.

Windows 10

The minimum Windows 10 OS for ArtiosCAD 22.11 is Falls Creator, Bld 1709.

However, it is best that a system be on the latest Windows 10 update, 21H2.

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

For full description of all Esko products on Windows 10 see: Windows 10

  • ArtiosIO will now run on supported operating systems. 
System Requirements
Applies to


ArtiosCAD Enterprise




Last revised


Useful Links

Software downloads:

Software installation & user guide: ArtiosCAD 22.11 Complete Documentation