Vertex BD 2021 Release Date November 20, 2020

How to get a new version?

If your company is enrolled in our Support and Maintenance service, your company's Vertex BD administrator that we have on record will receive an email containing a link to download the upgrade installation package, along with instructions and licensing information. The delivery starts on November 20, 2020. Emails will be sent by December 18, 2020. 

If the message has not reached the right person, please contact your local Vertex representative to assist you.

Vertex Systems - Finland, Sweden, Baltic Counties:

Vertex Systems - Australia:

Vertex Systems - China:

Vertex Systems - UK:

Argos Systems:

Vertex Systems - Norway:

Cad Serviceburo, Vertex BD customers in Benelux:

Vertex Russia, Vertex BD customers in Russia and CIS countries:

Which version do I have?

You can find Vertex software version at the top bar of the running application e.g. Vertex BD 2020 / 26.0.15.

  • The first number of the software version (e.g. 26) tells the major version, the second (0) intermediate version and the third (14) is the service pack number.

Major Versions and Service Packs

New major versions (upgrades) are released once a year. These include new features and functionality enhancements.

New features included in recent versions can be found at the following links:

Vertex BD 2021 (27.0) (Latest)

Service Packs (updates) are released about once a month. These include bug fixes and small enhancements. The latest Service Pack includes all previously released service packs for the major version.

Service Pack release notes can be found at the links below:

Vertex BD 2021 (27.0) Service Packs

How to identify the Major Version installation package

Full installation packages are compressed files named after the software version e.g.:


After unpacking the compressed file, you can either install a the Vertex version, upgrade the previous version or update the current version.

How to identify the Service Pack installation package

Service Packs are self-extracting files e.g.:

  • Vertex-BD-2021-27-0-en-update-01.exe
  • Vertex-BD-2020-26-0-en-update-14.exe

These updates are for internal patching of the current version. These cannot upgrade an old major version, and should never be used on a different major version than intended.

Upgrade Instructions

Major version upgrade instructions

Vertex BD 2021 (27.0) (Latest)

 Instructions for upgrading older versions

Network Server vs Single installation

Companies with more than one Vertex BD license can do a network server installation so all designers can work with common models, drawings, and libraries.

  • When using a network server, both the major version upgrades and service pack updates should be run on the network server, not on the workstations.
  • Workstations will update from the network server at the next re-start.

Software Licensing

You may need a new license for the Vertex BD upgrade.

  • Find out which technique is used to manage the Vertex software licenses in your company.
  • Refer to the installation instructions for software licensing procedures: Vertex BD 2021 licensing.
  • Older licensing methods, such as HASP keys and Virtual IDs, will require an updated license file for each major version.


If you work with other Vertex users or your principal has Vertex and you provide them models and / or drawings, you should agree on a common date for the upgrade.

Compatibility of file formats between versions

Models or drawings created or edited with newer major versions are not compatible with older major versions.

Network Requirements

Vertex BD 2020 and newer versions require internet connection.

Vertex BD and DS upgrade

If the Vertex BD is connected to a Vertex DS system, both must be updated at the same time. An upgrade to the Vertex DS is ordered from Vertex Support.