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. hamzakhan17826 May 19, 2019 at 7:16 am #

    Ok sure, I will follow your steps before going to do exams. I hope your article will help me more.

  2. karlmistos May 14, 2019 at 10:41 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this. I’ll definitely share this with my classmates at de la salle zobel.

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  4. mikemoreno September 5, 2018 at 3:48 am #

    thank you very much, verry helpfull…

  5. jogesh12345 August 14, 2018 at 1:55 am #

    Very effective and informative article.Thanks for sharing such an important tutorial.

  6. FLMIMA August 11, 2018 at 9:20 pm #

    Really helpful website

  7. Rumi July 15, 2018 at 7:16 am #

    I feel very grateful that I read this. It is very helpful and very informative and I really learned a lot from it.

  8. RJennings April 28, 2018 at 6:12 pm #

    Thank you for this website. The practice questions are helpful.

  9. Scott March 22, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

    Taking this test on Saturday. Last 4.0 exam to complete for the trio, then on to 5.0. This site is my go-to place when organizing what materials I’ll be studying

  10. shozab January 30, 2018 at 2:22 pm #

    Hi , very good article.

    thanks for sharing, keep up the good work

  11. dyba January 27, 2018 at 1:08 am #

    Good advice. Best of luck to all!

  12. KendraShirley January 16, 2018 at 4:04 pm #

    This is my favorite site for practicing for my tests! Great advise and super helpful.

  13. reximagetrim January 16, 2018 at 10:37 am #

    Nice post to read. A complete guide that can help all of us.

  14. tylerstockholm December 17, 2017 at 9:37 pm #

    Nice one… very helpful! Thanks!!!

  15. Aartiwalvekar November 21, 2017 at 8:56 am #

    Nice post

  16. Aartiwalvekar October 9, 2017 at 9:45 pm #

    Great post!

  17. Tony August 30, 2017 at 7:07 am #

    In the NCARB ARE 5.0 handbook they reference Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods in both of their example questions for cost estimating. Unfortunately there isn’t a specific chapter on cost estimating, it’s woven throughout the content.

  18. Spencer August 30, 2017 at 1:15 am #

    What is the best reference for cost estimating for PDD.

  19. Amy July 26, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

    Thanks! Great advice

  20. Tony June 29, 2017 at 7:23 am #

    Deciduous trees should only be used for shade (especially in temperate climates). Deciduous trees lose their leaves in the fall and will have little protection against wind in the winter when it is most needed. Likewise, the leafless trees allow solar heat gain in the winter when it is desired, and shade in the summer.

    Coniferous trees are only to be used to block wind and views. Since they don’t lose their needles, they work great for these two items year-round.

  21. Shahid Logan June 28, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    Hello. My name is Shahid. This comment is for anyone who would like to reply. On the Siteplanning test. To block the wind, can you use a Deciduous tree or must you use a Coniferous tree?

  22. 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

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

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

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


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


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

    Will you have SS questions on here at some point?

  26. 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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