Adding the CadActive Application to Creo

Modified on Thu, 22 Feb 2024 at 11:29 AM


Default Installation

After the installation has finished, you will need to add one line to your file.

If you are using the launcher, that line should look like this:

creotkdat $LocalAppData\CadActive\cadactive-launcher\cadactive.dat

If you are not using the launcher, the line should look like this:

creotkdat $LocalAppData\CadActive\cadactive-creo\cadactive.dat

After the config setting has been added, please restart Creo. 

After restarting, you should now see a CadActive tab in the Creo ribbon! This signals that the CadActive application is fully up and running.

NOTE: Depending on the version of Creo you are running, the first time you run the CadActive application, Creo may throw a warning message: "This application is from an unknown source. Do you want to run this application, CadActive?". If this popup appears, simply select 'Do not show this again' and select OK. Alternatively, you can add the config setting "open_protk_unsigned_apps always" to your file. See this PTC Support Article for more information.

From there, Inside the CadActive tab, select the 'Login' button in the ribbon, and log in using the email and password for your CadActive account.

Additional Help - Other Installation Options

Alternatively, if you already have an existing setting for “creotk_dat”, “protk_dat”, or any other toolkit-enabling setting, you can simply copy the contents from our supplied “cadactive.dat” file into your own existing file. If you already have some other 3rd party applications, ask your Creo system administrator about how they’d like to implement the application.

Additional Help - Locating the 

If you don't know what that is, or where to find it -

1) You can find your "working directory" by right-clicking on your shortcut for Creo and selecting "Properties"

2) Inside that directory, you should find a file called "". Open that file with your favorite text editor (like Notepad, Wordpad, or Notepad++). 

4) If that file doesn't exist, or if you're still having trouble, you can also download an example file here - we've already added the required information for you :-)

If you need additional support getting the CadActive application to load automatically, please email

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