How to Install Sketchup

how to install sketchup

If you stumbled onto this site, there’s a good chance you already know how to install sketchup, but just in case, I want to walk you step by step through the process.

First you’re going to want to download sketchup.  On this site I have links for you to download both current and past versions.

Why might you want a past version of sketchup?  When Trimble acquired Sketchup from Google in 2012 they changed the terms of service agreement.  Any free version of Sketchup past Sketchup 8 cannot be used for commercial purposes.  That means that past that point, you can’t use sketchup to make money.  If you’re going the free route but still want to use the software to make money, you should get version 8 or earlier.

How to Install Sketchup on a PC

Now that that’s out of the way and you’ve download the version you want to install, double click on the install file.

[two_third]Trimble Sketchup

[/two_third] [one_third_last]You may be prompted to grant the installer permission before proceeding.  If the verified publisher is Trimble Navigation or Google, you’re good to go.  Click Yes.[/one_third_last] [two_third] install sketchup
[/two_third] [one_third_last]Some files will then be unpacked to your computer.  This should only take a few minutes.  [/one_third_last] [two_third]

Sketchup Make 2015 Install

[/two_third] [one_third_last]After the install files are unpacked to your computer, the Setup Wizard will start.  Click Next.[/one_third_last] [two_third]

Sketchup License Agreement

[/two_third] [one_third_last]If this is your first time installing sketchup you’ll want to read through the license agreement.  If you accept, check the box and click next.[/one_third_last] [two_third]

Sketchup Save Location

[/two_third] [one_third_last]The setup wizard gives you the option to change where you’d like to save your files.  For any number of reasons you may want to change this.  I’m usually fine with the default location.  After selecting your save location, hit next. [/one_third_last] [two_third]

Install Sketchup Free

[/two_third] [one_third_last]Now you’re ready!  Just hit install to go through the process and install sketchup![/one_third_last] [two_third]

Sketchup Install Files In Use

[/two_third] [one_third_last]You may be presented with a dialogue box like this if you need to exit out of some programs before the installation can proceed.  Save anything you have open, click “Close the applications and attempt to restart them.”  and then click OK.[/one_third_last] [two_third]

Sketchup Make Setup

[/two_third] [one_third_last]Click finish. We’re almost there![/one_third_last] [two_third]

Sketchup Make Install Restart

[/two_third] [one_third_last]The last step will ask you to restart your computer.  Save all your open windows and click Yes.[/one_third_last] [two_third]

Sketchup 2015

[/two_third] [one_third_last]Once your computer has restarted you’ll notice three new icons on your desktop.  Layout, Sketchup, and Style Builder.  Layout is great for putting together presentations or drawings, the style builder is great for… well… building styles.  These are great tools that supplement Sketchup.  If you’re just getting started you’ll just want to double click the Sketchup icon.[/one_third_last] [two_third]

Start using sketchup

[/two_third] [one_third_last]Click start using sketchup.[/one_third_last] [two_third]

Select Sketchup Template

[/two_third] [one_third_last]You’ll be asked to choose a default template.  This can be changed at any time.  Click ‘Select a template’.[/one_third_last] [two_third]

Sketchup Style and Measurement

[/two_third] [one_third_last]When choosing a template consider a few things. What style do you like?  What measuring system do you want to use?  What increment of unit makes the most sense for the size you’ll be modelling at?  Select your template.  Again, no pressure.  You can change this at any time.[/one_third_last] [two_third]

Sketchup 2015

[/two_third] [one_third_last]Sketchup is open now!  If this is your first time with Sketchup you may want to run through some of our Sketchup tutorials.  Hope you enjoy![/one_third_last]

Did this guide help you install sketchup?  Run into any snags?  Leave a comment below!


  1. Mike January 4, 2017 at 11:04 am #

    Hi Tony,

    I need to take 5.0 PPD & PDD. Do you plan on posting notes such as “Caroline’s Notes” that you had posted for the various 4.0 exams for either of those sections? I found those notes to be some of the best resources in studying for the 4.0 sections. If so any idea when? Thanks

  2. Stephen October 17, 2016 at 9:30 pm #

    Hi Tony,
    Any updates on the SS exam ? If there’s an expected release date ? Thanks

  3. DesignerHacks October 4, 2016 at 12:11 pm #


    We are releasing practice exams for the SS exam later this fall.


  4. Paige October 4, 2016 at 11:34 am #

    Will you have SS questions on here at some point?

  5. Daniel September 9, 2016 at 8:47 am #

    Great post, very helpful with the lists of suggested materials, I just passed CDs in July and am taking PPP in November so I definitely needed the list.

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