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Forte® Software

Single member sizing for everyone

Whether you’re an architect or engineer sizing joists, beams, posts or studs, Forte® software performs load calculations and identifies solutions for the conditions and geometry you specify. Size for a specific spacing, member depth or just the best economical fit.

Get assistance with our software, training, or technical support.


Forte Desktop

Download Forte Software

Release notes and system requirements

Installation instructions

  • Save the .exe file locally
  • Temporarily disable anti-virus software
  • Close down existing install of Forte
  • Double click .exe to install


Usage and requirements

  • Free to use - simply create a user account to access web application
  • Compatible with most internet browsers - requires internet connection
  • Analyze beams, floor joists and wall headers - additional members coming soon!
  • Access your job files from anywhere using secure cloud storage
  • Share files with team members for quick and easy collaboration

SOFTWARE ADVISORY: An issue has been identified when using hanger customization options for specific conditions in Forte and Javelin software. Please review the software advisory (WSA#: 1802a) before using Weyerhaeuser software.


  • Graphical user interface and intuitive workflow – Forte software is designed to be used right away with practically no learning curve.
  • Ability to balance cost and performance with the TJ-Pro™ Rating System — the solutions list provides a view into product combinations that can save money while delivering on-floor performance expectations.
  • Loading assistance for complex conditions – easily calculate and apply loads on one tab using a variety of tools.
  • Ability to size engineered wood and dimension lumber in one tool – compare design results and select the most effective solution.

Frequently Asked Questions

New to Forte? Attend one of our monthly Forte Friday sessions for new users


These are just a few of the many ways Forte visually makes the job easier.

With the latest Forte software, you can:

  • Define multiple member connections — choose to include fastener schedules along with the member design for attaching member plies of a beam assembly together. Select from a variety of nails, screws or bolts.
  • Specify the required building code year — select the building code required to design members. The building code, along with the year (e.g., IBC 2015), will be included on the member reports.
  • Design members for lateral loading using ASCE 7-10 — new building code options (IBC 2012 and IBC 2015) will now reference ASCE 7-10 for lateral design of members for stud, column and header applications. Choose IBC 2009 to use ASCE 7-05 for lateral design.
  • Increase productivity —quickly determine the best solution to use for a member now with additional information about which design accessories are required for each solution.
  • Integrate with Autodesk® Revit® — users’ modeling and design structures using Revit software will now have the ability to design Trus Joist® products using the MWF Advanced Revit extension from StrucSoft Solutions. Visit StrucSoft Solutions for more information.


We have many training videos to make using Forte software a breeze.

View the video play list using the icon on the top left of the video.

Watch specific instructions on how Forte software works.

Visit our YouTube playlist for more videos on how to use Forte software.


Send members to Forte for analysis from your software

We provide the Forte File Format Utility to software developers looking to enhance their software so it exports floor, wall, and roof members to the Forte application for analysis. This allows your customers to skip remodeling spans, supports, and loads in Forte and instead send these calculations to Forte with all the necessary information pre-populated.

Learn more about this interactive guide for software developers wanting to transfer information into Forte files from their own software applications.

Sign up to be part of the Open File Exchange

Questions about software?

Contact Software Support


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Need a repair or sizing help?

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Product Literature

  • mm-southwest - Forte Materials – South West (CA, NV, AZ, NM)
  • mm-gulfsouth - Forte Materials - Gulf South (sKY, TN, LA, MS, AL, GA)
  • mm-southcentral - Forte Materials - South Central (TX, CO, sWY)
  • mm-southatlantic - Forte Materials - South Atlantic (wVA, NC, SC, sGA, FL)
  • mm-northwest - Forte Materials - North West (WA, OR, ID, UT, MT, wND, wSD, WY)
  • mm-northcentral - Forte Materials - North Central (eND, eSD, NE, KS, OK, AR, MO, IA, MN, WI, IL, KY, IN, MI, OH, wWV)
  • mm-newengland - Forte Materials - New England (NY, VT, NH, ME, MA, CT, RI)
  • mm-midatlantic - Forte Materials - Mid Atlantic (PA, NJ, DE, MD, eWV, eVA)
  • mm-canadaeast - Forte Materials - Eastern Canada (ON, QC, NB, NL, NS, PE)
  • mm-canadawest - Forte Materials – Western Canada (AB, SK, MB)
  • mm-canadabc - Forte Materials – British Columbia (BC)
  • svc-4130 - Product Overview: Forte Sizing Software
  • svc-f-rn - Forte Release Notes
  • svc-4005 - Product Overview: TJ-Pro Ratings
  • tj-1013 - Trus Joist No Red Tag Guarantee