Upgrade material databases

Tekla Structural Designer
Tekla Structural Designer

Upgrade material databases

The installed material databases each have their own database version. You can see the version number separately on each page of the Materials dialog box.

The original data in each of the material databases is system data, and it cannot be edited. The version number relates specifically to this system data.

From time to time, new system data may become available through an update. When this happens, an Upgrade button is displayed next to the current database version on the relevant page of the Materials dialog box. You then have the choice to either upgrade the database or retain the old version.


Updating the database version does not cause you to lose any user data you may have added to the old version, because the user data is automatically copied back in to the new database.

In certain circumstances, an inconsistency can arise between the user data in a model and the installed databases. The inconsistencies can be identified and resolved on the Model page of the Materials dialog box, either by updating the model data, or by updating the material databases.

  1. On the Home ribbon, click Materials.

    The Materials dialog box opens.

  2. Click the Upgrade button next to the current database version number.
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