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How to Run CATIA V5 in Admin Mode

Some administrators of CATIA V5 within, or even outside of an organisation require access to CATIA V5 in “Admin Mode” in order to restrict certain options and/or implement certain design best practises via the use of standards. This can range from limiting a user’s ability, to turn on or off options in Tools > Options to specify drawing standards. Below describes the method to which you can open CATIA V5 in “Admin Mode”. Key errors have purposefully been included in order to help users understand what may have gone wrong.

1. Locate your original CATIA V5 shortcut, create a copy and rename it with “Admin” so that it can be easily distinguished.

How to Run CATIA V5 in Admin Mode

2. Modify the target of the new shortcut by right clicking on the shortcut and selecting properties.

How to Run CATIA V5 in Admin Mode

             

3. Copy and paste the target into notepad or equivalent, it should look like the following

(N.B. depending on your CATIA V5 Release, the following may vary slightly):

 "C:\Program Files\Dassault Systemes\B24\win_b64\code\bin\CATSTART.exe"  -run "CNEXT.exe" -env CATIA.V5-6R2014.B24 -direnv "C:\ProgramData\DassaultSystemes\CATEnv" -nowindow

 

Change this to:

"C:\Program Files\Dassault Systemes\B24\win_b64\code\bin\CNEXT.exe"  -run -admin -env CATIA.V5-6R2014.B24 -direnv "C:\ProgramData\DassaultSystemes\CATEnv" -nowindow

Copy and paste this as the new “target” in the shortcut properties.

 

4. Try to run CATIA V5 using the new Admin shortcut, you will be greeted with the following error:

This is because a “CATReferenceSettingsPath” has not been specified in the Environment File.

  

5. Browse and open your environment file in notepad or equivalent. Your environment file can be found using the target we modified in Step 3).

"C:\Program Files\Dassault Systemes\B24\win_b64\code\bin\CNEXT.exe"  -run -admin -env CATIA.V5-6R2014.B24 -direnv "C:\ProgramData\DassaultSystemes\CATEnv" -nowindow

 

Where “CATIA.V5-6R2014.B24” is the environment file name and its location is “C:\ProgramData\DassaultSystemes\CATEnv”.

N.B. “ProgramData” is a hidden folder in Microsoft Windows.

With the Environment file open, specify the path to the reference setting folder (If you do not have one, please create a blank new folder if required).

  

 

6. With the Environment file open, specify the path to the reference setting folder (If you do not have one, please create a blank new folder if required). 

How to Run CATIA V5 in Admin Mode     

Remember to save upon closing.

 

7. If you run the shortcut again, you will see CATIA V5 now runs in admin mode: 

How to Run CATIA V5 in Admin Mode    

The Reference Settings directory will begin to become populated as changes are made:

   

   

For more information or if you have any questions, please leave a comment below or email our helpdesk at support@intrinsys.com.