SketchUp Hardware and Software Requirements

SketchUp Pro - System Requirements

Like many computer programs, SketchUp requires 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.

Note: To authorize your SketchUp subscription you must have internet access.

Windows 11, Windows 10
  • Software
    • An internet connection is required to install and authorize SketchUp and to use some of the features.
    • SketchUp Pro requires .NET Framework version 4.5.2. For more information about the .NET framework, click here.
  • Recommended hardware
    • 2+ GHz processor
    • Discrete Graphics card such as a current generation AMD or NVIDIA.
    • 8+ GB RAM
    • 2GB of available hard-disk space
    • 3D class video card with 1 GB of memory or higher and support for hardware acceleration. Please ensure that the video card driver supports OpenGL 3.1 or higher and is up to date.
      SketchUp's performance relies heavily on the graphics card driver and its ability to support OpenGL 3.1 or higher. To test your graphics card's compatibility, please download and run the SketchUp Checkup application.
    • 3-button, scroll-wheel mouse.
  • Minimum hardware
    • 1 GHz processor
    • 4GB RAM
    • 1GB of free hard-disk space
    • 3D class video card with 512 MB of memory or higher and support for hardware acceleration. Please ensure that the video card driver supports OpenGL 3.1 or higher and is up to date.
Mac OS 12+ (Monterey), 11+ (Big Sur), and Mac OS 10.15+ (Catalina).
  • Software
    • An internet connection is required to authorize SketchUp and to use some of the features.
    • QuickTime 5.0 and web browser for multimedia tutorials.
    • Safari
  • Recommended hardware
    • 2.1+ GHz processor or current generation Apple M1 processor
    • 8GB RAM
    • 2GB of available hard-disk space
    • 3D class video card with 1 GB of memory or higher and support for hardware acceleration. Please ensure that the video card driver supports OpenGL version 3.1 or higher and is up to date.
    • 3-button, scroll-wheel mouse
  • Minimum hardware
    • 2.1+ GHz Intel™ processor
    • 4GB RAM
    • 1GB of available hard-disk space.
    • 3D class video card with 512 MB of memory or higher and support for hardware acceleration. Please ensure that the video card driver supports OpenGL version 3.1 or higher and up to date.
    • 3-button, scroll-wheel mouse.

SketchUp for Web - System Requirements

Whether you use SketchUp for Web on a computer or Chromebook, your device needs mouse and keyboard input.

Internet Connected Browsers

You can use SketchUp for Web on most internet-connected computers. We recommend using Chrome, Edge or Firefox updated to one of latest two major releases.

To use SketchUp for Web on a Chromebook, your Chromebook needs to meet the minimum specifications. However, the minimum requirements don't offer the best experience using SketchUp for Web on a Chromebook. Ideally, your Chromebook meets the following recommended specifications.

Minimum Specifications Recommended Specifications
2.1+ GHz Intel processor 2.8+ GHz Intel processor
4GB RAM 8GB+ RAM
700MB of available hard-disk space At least 1GB of available hard-disk space
Intel HD integrated graphics card with at least 512MB video memory Discrete Graphics card such as AMD Radeon R9 M37X 2048 MB

We recommend choosing the largest available offering of RAM for any listed Chromebook. 4GB is strongly preferable to 2GB.

SketchUp for Web supports Retina (high DPI) displays.

Additional Compatibility Considerations

Compatibility changes

SketchUp 2022 - With the release of SketchUp 2022 we’ve removed support for MacOS 10.14 (Mojave). We have added support for MacOS 12.0 (Monterey). Additionally, SketchUp 2022 has been compiled for native compatibility with the Apple M1 processors.

SketchUp 2021 - With the release of SketchUp 2021 we’ve removed support for MacOS 10.13 (High Sierra) as well as Windows 7 and 8. We have added support for MacOS 11.0 (Big Sur).

SketchUp 2020 - With the release of SketchUp 2020 we've removed support for Mac OS X 10.12 (Sierra). When signing into web features such as the Warehouses you'll be taken to an external browser to complete the signin process.

SketchUp 2019 - With the release of SketchUp 2019 we've removed support for Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan). You need to sign in with a Trimble ID to access the SketchUp Pro 2019 subscription or to participate in a Free Trial. SketchUp Desktop 2019 Classic licenses do not require a sign-in.

SketchUp 2018 - With the release of SketchUp 2018 we've removed support for Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite). There is no longer a SketchUp Make for download, our free version of SketchUp is called SketchUp Free and available in all modern web browsers.

SketchUp 2017 - With the release of SketchUp 2017, we've removed support for 32-bit operating systems, OpenGL 2.0, and software rendering of models (as opposed to hardware acceleration). We also removed support for OS X 10.9 (Mavericks.)

Unsupported environments

ARM Processors - While SketchUp 2022 will run on the new Apple M1 Computers running MacOS (Big Sur), SketchUp for Windows is not tested on, nor developed for ARM based processors and is unsupported.

32-Bit Operating Systems - SketchUp is now optimized solely for 64-Bit and no longer available for Windows or MacOS in any 32-bit capacity.

MacOS 10.13 (High Sierra) - With SketchUp 2021 we no longer support MacOS 10.13 (High Sierra).

Windows 7, Windows 8 - We no longer actively test features or bugs on these older versions of Windows. While the software may still run properly, there may be some issues with features that haven’t been tested.

Mac OS X 10.12 (Sierra) - SketchUp 2018 has a known issue that leads to a one-time crash of SketchUp 2018 on MacOS Sierra in the first 10-15 minutes (or so).

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

Mac OS X 10.12 (Sierra) 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.

Parallels/VMWare - Neither VMWare nor Parallels are supported environments.

Remote Desktop Connections - Due to hardware restrictions in shared environments we can't reliably predict how SketchUp will perform. At this time SketchUp is not supported via a Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) on any platform.

Virtualized environments

For subscribers activating versions of SketchUp 2022 and newer, using SketchUp in virtual environments is allowed as a product-specific exception to Trimble’s General Product Terms. Learn more using about SketchUp in virtual environments.

Multi-Core Processors - 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.

3D Mice - You can use Logitech 3D Motion Controllers from 3Dconnexion to create models in SketchUp. The 3Dconnexion website has more information about these controllers.

High DPI Support - SketchUp is DPI aware and can adjust the sizes of Icons and drawing elements 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 and drawing elements.