Read before following any of these instructions listed here: If your SmartBOL support contract has expired, follow these instructions at your own risk. SmartBOL Support does not provide any support without an active support contract. Please refer to support policies at for support policies.

Important Notes:

  • Each machine, SmartBOL software is installed on, must be licensed. Refer to SmartBOL licensing policy here.

  • If SmartBOL Classic or Enterprise is already installed on the machine, backup data files from data folder and uninstall SmartBOL.

  • If you are upgrading to newer version, make sure that your support contract is active. Newer version of SmartBOL may not work with older keys. In addition, SmartBOL will upgrade your data files and may make them unusable with your earlier version.

  • QuickBooks Interface on Terminal Server: Install SmartBOL from console otherwise it will not work with QuickBooks.

System Requirement

Hardware: Dual Core Processor or better, 512MB RAM, 100MB free disk space, Monitor with 1024x768 or higher resolution

Windows: 32 and 64 bit versions of Windows 10, 7, Vista, XP with Service Pack 3, Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4, Windows 2003 Server, Windows 2008 Server.

Internet Explore 6.0 or better

For installing SmartBOL Classic or Enterprise on network, Windows Terminal Server or Citrix, review licensing policy here.


Classic Installation:

Standalone Install: Follow these steps when SmartBOL is installed in standalone / non data shared setup.

  •  Double click on the SmartBOL Classic installer -> downloaded file

  • Run SmartBOL Classic installer from downloaded file

  •  Accept all defaults

  •  After installation is complete, double click on the SmartBOL icon on the desktop

  • Enter (preferably, copy and paste) name and key when prompted   

Network Install:

First client installation

  • Double click on the SmartBOL Classic installer -> downloaded file on the first SmartBOL machine

  • Run SmartBOL and Enter key when prompted

  • Close SmartBOL Classic

  • Share a folder on server or any other machine to store SmartBOL data files

  • Grant read and write permissions to all Windows users that will use SmartBOL (very important)

  • Copy dbd2.mdb, dbm2.mdb, dbuser2.mdb and, if present, dbexport.mdb from the first machine to this shared folder

Additional Network Client Installation:

  • Install SmartBOL on the network client machine

  • Start SmartBOL and enter the shared data file location using Menu -- System -- Set Data Folder location.

  • Restart SmartBOL and verify that you can read / write bill of lading records

  • Install SmartBOL on additional licensed machines. Unless you have trial key, use different keys for each machine.

  • Set shared data file location using Menu -- System -- Set Data Folder location.