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SketchUp Hardware and software requirements

Like many computer programs, SketchUp Make and SketchUp Pro require certain hardware and software specifications in order to install and run. These are basic requirements, though, so you may want to use our recommended suggestions to improve performance. The following list of requirements and recommendations apply to SketchUp Pro 2016, SketchUp Make and all previous versions of SketchUp:

  • Software
    • Microsoft® Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher.
    • SketchUp Pro requires .NET Framework version 4.0. For more information about the .NET framework, click here.
    SketchUp for Windows can run on either 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows, note that you must download and install the appropriate version for your operating system.
  • Recommended hardware
    • 2+ GHz processor.
    • 8+ GB RAM.
    • 700 MB of available hard-disk space.
    • 3D class Video Card with 1 GB of memory or higher. Please ensure that the video card driver supports OpenGL version 2.0 or higher and up to date.
      SketchUp's performance relies heavily the graphics card driver and its ability to support OpenGL 2.0 or higher. Historically, people have seen problems with Intel-based cards with SketchUp. We don't recommend using these graphics cards with SketchUp at this time.
    • 3 button, scroll-wheel mouse.
    • Some SketchUp features require an active internet connection.
  • Minimum hardware
    • 1 GHz processor.
    • 4 GB RAM.
    • 16 GB of total hard-disk space.
    • 500 MB of free hard-disk space.
    • 3D class Video Card with 512 MB of memory or higher. Please ensure that the video card driver supports OpenGL version 2.0 or higher and up to date.
  • Software
    • QuickTime 5.0 and web browser for multimedia tutorials.
    • Safari.
    Neither Boot Camp, VMWare nor Parallels are supported environments.
  • Recommended hardware
    • 2.1+ GHz Intel™ processor.
    • 8 GB RAM.
    • 700 MB of available hard-disk space.
    • 3D class Video Card with 1GB MB of memory or higher. Please ensure that the video card driver supports OpenGL version 2.0 or higher and up to date.
      SketchUp's performance relies heavily the graphics card driver and it's ability to support OpenGL 2.0 or higher. Historically, people have seen problems with Intel-based cards with SketchUp. We don't recommend using these graphics cards with SketchUp at this time.
    • 3 button, scroll-wheel mouse.
    • Some SketchUp features require an active internet connection.
  • Minimum hardware
    • 2.1+ GHz Intel™ processor
    • 4 GB RAM.
    • 500 MB of available hard-disk space.
    • 3D class Video Card with 512 MB of memory or higher. Please ensure that the video card driver supports OpenGL version 2.0 or higher and up to date.
    • 3 button, scroll-wheel mouse.
To use your license with SketchUp Pro you must have Internet access. For additional details concerning these Internet requirements please read our article "Understanding Your License."

Compatibility Changes

SketchUp 2016
With the release of SketchUp 2016 we’ve removed support for OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) and earlier.

SketchUp 2015
With the release of SketchUp 2015 we’ve removed support for Windows Vista, Windows XP and OS X 10.7 (Lion) and earlier. Additionally you must have Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 or greater.

SketchUp 2014
No System requirement changes were made.

SketchUp 2013
With the release of SketchUp 2013 we reduced the level of support we can offer for Windows XP and removed support for OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and earlier.

SketchUp 8
With the release of SketchUp 8 we removed support for OS X 10.4 (Tiger) and earlier.

SketchUp 7
With the release of SketchUp 7 we removed support for Windows 2000 and earlier.


High DPI Support
SketchUp is DPI aware and can adjust the sizes of Icons so they are sized correctly for High DPI screens. Icons are sized when SketchUp starts up. If you adjust your DPI or scaling (Microsoft Windows – but only up to 150%) you will need to restart SketchUp to see correctly sized Icons. Note that SketchUp does not yet scale elements in the drawing window which may result in very small elements on very large screens.


Unsupported environments

Windows Vista and older
These versions of Windows are no longer supported.

Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) and older
These versions of OS X are no longer supported.

Linux
A Linux version of SketchUp isn't available at this time. However, you may be interested to see how others have had success running SketchUp on Linux using Wine.

Virtualized Environments
At this time, SketchUp doesn't support operation in a virtualized environments such as VMWare or Citrix.
Per the SketchUp Pro License in section 1.1: You may not use or host the Software in a virtual server environment.

Boot Camp/Parallels/VMWare
Neither Boot Camp, VMWare nor Parallels are supported environments.


Note: SketchUp will run on multiple-processor machines; however, SketchUp will only use one processor. SketchUp doesn't support hyper-threading or multi-threading at this time.
Note: You can use Logitech 3D Motion Controllers from 3Dconnexion to create models in SketchUp. The 3Dconnexion website has more information about these controllers.
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