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Get started with Tekla Structural Designer

Welcome, let's get you up and running with Tekla Structural Designer! Expand the relevant sections below for step-by-step instructions, videos, and useful links.

Create your Trimble Identity

Trimble Identity

You need a Trimble Identity to download the software and to use your online licenses:

  1. If you have received an email invitation from Trimble to create a Trimble Identity, follow the instructions in the email to create your account to ensure you have the correct access rights. If you have not received an invitation, create a new Trimble Identity using your work email address so you can download the software. Click here to create a new Trimble Identity. For more instructions, see Create your Trimble Identity.
  2. Go to your email, and click the activation link in the email you receive from
  3. After confirming your email, Log in at, fill in all the required profile information, and click Save.

Here's a short video showing you the simple steps required in Using Tekla subscription licenses.

If you are responsible for managing Tekla Structural Designer users and online licenses, add users to your organization group in the Tekla Online Admin tool to give them full access to Tekla online services and the necessary online licenses. For more information on the Admin tool and online licenses, see Manage Trimble Identities and Tekla Online licenses.

Download and install Tekla Structural Designer

Download and Install

Tekla Structural Designer administrators can distribute the software using a customized installation that contains your company settings. For more information, see How can I centrally deploy Tekla software.

Note: To ensure a good experience using our software, make sure your computer meets the Tekla Structural Designer 2021 Hardware Recommendations.

  1. Download the installation package for Tekla Structural Design Suite from Tekla Downloads. Click Download for a guided experience that ensures you have all necessary steps covered.
  2. Run the Tekla Structural Design Suite installer.
  3. Follow the steps in the installation wizard taking particular care to select the correct License Method, see Install and license Tekla Structural Designer for more details.

If you are upgrading an existing Tekla Structural Designer version, you will also need to upgrade your local databases, see: Install the upgrade.

Start using Tekla Structural Designer

  1. Start Tekla Structural Designer and log in using your Trimble Identity when prompted. You must sign in if you have a Tekla Online License

You are now ready to start using Tekla Structural Designer:

Learn Tekla Structural Designer

Your Learning Journey

To get you started quickly, we have several learning resources available for you.

First steps learning in Tekla User Assistance

Simple Tutorials at Tekla User Assistance allow you to practice Tekla Structural Designer at your own pace. To get a quick overview of the basics, check out the First steps with Tekla Structural Designer course.

Tekla Training Content at

To start your learning journey, use your Trimble Identity to login and enroll to Tekla training courses at

You can browse both elearning and instructor led training courses in the Tekla course catalog.

Further training with your local Tekla reseller

If you haven’t yet found what you’re looking for at Learn, or would like to know more about any of the Tekla training courses, contact your local Tekla reseller who will be happy to help you.

Introduction to Tekla Support Services

Support Services

Questions? Help is at hand:

  • Tekla User Assistance provides one-stop access to the full product documentation, video tutorials, basic elearning courses, and technical support articles written by our customer support professionals around the world.
  • Tekla discussion forum is the place to meet other users and discuss topics related to Tekla products. You can ask questions, contribute to the community by sharing your knowledge or get answers from support personnel.
  • Tekla helpdesks support the customers' daily operations so that our systems function as expected and any problems are solved as quickly as possible.

Collaboration and Integration Keep You Connected

Tekla Structural Designer is strong on collaboration and integration:

  • Share project files and deliverables between all project members with Trimble Connect. For more information on how you can use Trimble Connect from within Tekla Structural Designer, see Working collaboratively with Trimble Connect.
  • There are numerous integrations to both Trimble and 3rd party software available direct from within Tekla Structural Designer, see BIM integration