Vectorworks - Installation

This tutorial will take you through the steps for downloading, installing, and registering your Vectorworks software. PLEASE NOTE: This is a large download (up to 2.5 GB) and can take up to 3 hours to fully complete, depending on your internet connection. Make sure no other devices or services are using your internet connection (Netflix, online gaming, etc.) during the process of this download. It is also recommended that you plug directly into your modem via ethernet cable for the best connection possible.


Step 1. Locate the email containing your Vectorworks serial number.

Step 2. Download the appropriate version of Vectorworks by clicking on the following links:


  Vectorworks 2017 Mac: Download Here

  Vectorworks 2017 Windows: Download Here


  Vectorworks 2016 Mac: Download Here


  Vectorworks 2015 Mac: Download Here

  Vectorworks 2015 Windows: Download Here


Note: A Trial Version of Vectorworks can be found here. Please select Student Version from the dropdown.


 Step 3. Once the download has completed, double click on the downloaded zip file and follow the on screen instructions.


A folder by the same name will appear in the same location as the downloaded file. Open this folder and click on the “InstallVectorWorks” icon.


Note: If you see a prompt stating “Install Vectorworks” is downloaded from the internet. Are you sure you want to open it?” Please click the “Open” button.


Step 4. Once the welcome window for Vectorworks appears, please click on the
"Next" button.


Step 5. Enter your Name and Serial Number on the window that appears. For Company, you can enter "Full Sail University." Then click the "Next" button.


Step 6. Next, you will want to accept the End User License Agreement by selecting "I accept the agreement" then clicking "Next."


Step 7. The next window should advised you about the ReadMe file for Vectorworks. Please click "Next."


Step 8. The next window that should appear will be the installation destination window. By Default, the installation location should be set to your Applications folder. We suggest leaving this as is and clicking the "Next" button.


Once the installation window appears, please click the "Install" button.


While installation is in progress, these images may change.


Step 9. The next window asks if you want to launch Vectorworks and Open Registration Page. Make sure these options are checked and click "Finish."

You may see this dialog box pop up as well. Please enter your name and "Full Sail University" as the company. You can select any of the options below that best fit what you are using the software for. Once you are done click "OK."


Step 10. Once the page loads, please enter the requested information and click the "Submit" button at the bottom of the page. 

Once you have clicked the Submit button, you should see a page that states that you have completed the registration process.

Step 11. After this has completed, Vectorworks should now be installed on your computer. You can locate Vectorworks in your Applications folder. This program will be inside the Vectorworks folder.


Step 13. Upon opening Vectorworks you will see two dialogue boxes. Check the box for "Don't show this dialog again" and click "OK."


The next box will be asking you to activate you software over the internet. Click "Activate." Once this is done, your software is ready to use.


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