To access this help system in a different language:

  1. Sign in to your Onshape account.

  2. Access your Account settings.
  3. Under Preferences, select the Display language of your choice.

The Display language changes the UI interface text as well as the help text to the language you select. You may be required to sign back in to Onshape for the change to take effect.

To get started with Onshape and set up your account and behavior defaults, we highly recommend going through the Primer first. This walks you through pertinent set and forget account preferences, how to begin a sketch, make a part, and other basics of Onshape. The estimated time to completion is 50 minutes for all sections, but you are able to select the modules of your choice.

Onshape Primer

Select a category of information below or select from the Table of Contents to the left. We also have a glossary if you would like to explore a list of Onshape terms and their definitions.

Onshape provides many self-paced learning opportunities for you. Select your preferred method of learning from the links below. Check back often, as we regularly update our resources.

If you are new to Onshape, going through the Primer is a good way to get acquainted with Onshape concepts and some basic functionality.

This master help system contains help for all of the platforms that Onshape works on. In each topic, information for all platforms is explained. In some topics, the information is platform-specific and there are dropdowns for each platform. In other topics, the information is not platform-specific, so the information applies to all platforms.

Toolbar Buttons

At the top right of each page are four buttons, outlined below from left to right:

toolbar print, expand, forward, and back buttons

  • Expand all / Collapse all - Toggle button that expands or collapses all dropdown text areas on the current page. It is recommended you expand all dropdowns before printing a page. This sets up the page to be printed with all text areas visible.
  • Print - Opens the Print dialog; to send the page to a connected printer or save the page as a PDF file.
  • Previous page - Navigate to the previous page, based on the Table of contents.
  • Next page - Navigate to the next page, based on the Table of contents.

Note Legend

Throughout this help system, you will see the following notes:

Links to our Learning center; additional resources to learn more about specific software features. Some resources require additional purchase.

Helpful tips, insights, or alternate workflows.

Warning messages alerting you to possible pitfalls, known issues, or potential pain points.

Troubleshooting messages to help you work through issues.


To provide feedback on the Help system itself, click on the blue Feedback button on the right side of your browser.

Use the tool within Onshape to log a ticket for Onshape Support. Expand the Help menu (click the help icon icon) and select Contact Support. Enterprise customers may also reach out to their Customer Success manager.

At the bottom of every topic in the help, you'll find the Was this article helpful? feedback tool (as seen below). Provide your feedback by clicking either the Yes or No button.