Installing V-Ray for SketchUp

To get started, download and install the V-Ray for SketchUp extension in Extension Warehouse.

System Requirements

First, confirm your system fulfills these requirements before installing V-Ray.

Note: V-Ray is only supported for 64-bit operating systems and 64-bit version of SketchUp.
ProcessorIntel* 64, AMD64 or compatible processor with SSE4.2 support
RAMMinimum 8 GB RAM, recommended 16 GB RAM
Hard Disk Spaceminimum 2GB, recommended 12GB (includes additional downloadable content)
TCP/IPOnly IPv4 is supported. IPv6 is currently not supported
Operating SystemWindows 10, Windows 11
SketchUpSketchUp 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023
GPU SupportMaxwell-, Pascal-, Volta-, Turing- and Ampere- based NVIDIA cards with the latest recommended video drivers. V-Ray Vision requires a Graphics card with DirectX 11 or DirectX 12 and Shader Model 5.0 capabilities.

Adding V-Ray to SketchUp

If you have already downloaded SketchUp, you can follow these steps below to install V-Ray for SketchUp

  1. Download the V-Ray for SketchUp installer, available in your Account Management Portal.
  1. After the download completes, locate the installer and double-click to launch.
  2. Please review the license agreement and click Next for your installation options.


  3. When prompted, select the version of SketchUp you are using.


  4. Select Install to use the default installation options.
  5. Select Advanced to specify if you want to install Chaos Swarm and licensing options. V-Ray for SketchUp requires the Local option for licensing.


  6. After installation you'll see options to open the release notes file or share anonymous data with Chaos Group.


  7. Click Done to close the installer.
  8. Launch SketchUp. A V-Ray for SketchUp Studio page will appear.


  9. Click Sign in with Trimble and enter your Trimble ID and password.

Warning: If you do not follow the installation instructions in this article, or do not have a Studio entitlement, you will receive an error message.



Clicking Yes on this message directs you to the Chaos License Server. Use your Trimble ID to sign-in on that page. If you have a Studio entitlement this will link your account. If you do not, you will be notified there is not a license associated with your Trimble account.

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