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Get started with Tekla Structures

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

Create your 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.

If you are responsible for managing Tekla Structures 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 Structures

Download and install

Tekla Structures administrators can distribute the software using a customized installation that contains your company settings. If available, use your company installation package instead of the general installation package. For more information on creating customized installation packages, see Centralized distribution of Tekla Structures 2021.

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

  1. Download the installation package for Tekla Structures and at least one of the Tekla Structures environments from Tekla Downloads. At the site, click Download for a guided experience that ensures you have all necessary files.
  2. Run the Tekla Structures installer. The only choices you need to make are the language you want to use in the installer and the installation folder
    • If you install in the default Program Files folder, additional files including environments are installed in the hidden Program Data folder. This may be preferred when installing for other users if you do not want them to change the configurations themselves.
    • If you choose a different installation location, all files are installed in the folder you choose. This is a better option if you manage your own installation of Tekla Structures as accessing and changing the configurations is simpler.See Install and license Tekla Structures if you need more detailed instructions.
  3. Run the environment installer(s).If you do not install any environment, only the Blank environment is available. Do not use the Blank environment to edit models or drawings; it is only a starting point meant as a basis for building your own full customized environment and does not contain all of the tools and configurations you need to work efficiently.
  4. If you have on-premises licenses, you must now install licensing tools on your own hardware and activate the licenses. For instructions, see Tekla Structures on-premises licensing.

Start using Tekla Structures

  1. Start Tekla Structures and log in using your Trimble Identity when prompted.
  2. Tekla Structures asks you to choose the type of license to use. Proceed with the default online license option.
    • Online licenses are stored in Trimble's cloud service. Licenses can be from your Tekla Online organization, or assigned to you as an external license user in some other organization.
    • If you purchase your own licenses, you can manage them in the Admin tool. The administrator user(s) in your company are responsible for joining other users to the organization and assigning the licenses to them. For more instructions, see Manage Trimble Identities and Tekla Online licenses.

      After license selection, a dialog box where you choose your Tekla Structures setup appears.
    • The Environment list contains the environments you have downloaded and installed. These contain localized tools and settings related to your work, such as profiles.
    • The Role selection defines program settings, such as the ribbon layout.
    • The Configuration list includes the configurations you are licensed to use. These define which Tekla Structures features you can use.

You are now ready to start using Tekla Structures:

Learn Tekla Structures

Learn Tekla

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

First steps learning in Tekla User Assistance

Basic elearning courses at Tekla User Assistance allow you to practice Tekla Structures at your own pace. To get a quick overview of the basics, check out the First steps with Tekla Structures 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

Tekla 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.
  • In case you have support questions or other feedback related to Tekla products, please contact your local Tekla office or reseller.

Collaboration Tools Keep You Connected

Tekla Structures is strong on collaboration: