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 use your license with SketchUp Pro you must have internet access. For additional details concerning these internet requirements, please read Understanding Your License.

At this time, SketchUp has not been tested on and is not supported with either MacOS Monterey (12.0+) or Windows 11. If you're using SketchUp on a production machine then we discourage updating your OS at this time. November 4th, 2021


Windows 10
  • Software
    • An internet connection is required to install and authorize SketchUp and to use some of the features.
    • Microsoft® Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher.
    • SketchUp Pro requires .NET Framework version 4.5.2. For more information about the .NET framework, click here.
  • Recommended hardware
    • 2+ GHz processor
    • 8+ GB RAM
    • 700MB 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. 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.
  • Minimum hardware
    • 1 GHz processor
    • 4GB RAM
    • 500MB 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 11+ (Big Sur), Mac OS 10.15+ (Catalina) and Mac OS 10.14+ (Mojave).
  • 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
    • 8GB RAM
    • 700MB 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
    • 500MB 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.

    We have determined that SketchUp is running stably on the 'Apple Silicon' hardware that powers Apple’s 2021 Mac devices. Currently, SketchUp is supported by Apple’s Rosetta 2 translation service on this hardware. If you encounter issues running SketchUp on devices with Apple‘s M1 chip, please report them here..

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 via a recommended browser (Chrome 59+ or Firefox 52+).

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 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.)

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. SketchUp 2015 and earlier isn't supported on Mac OS X Sierra, but is supported on Mac OS X Mountain Lion, Mavericks, and Yosemite. 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.

Unsupported environments

ARM Processors - While SketchUp should run on the new Apple M1 computers running MacOS, it is not currently tested. SketchUp for Windows will not work on any ARM based computers and is unsupported.

32-Bit Operating Systems - SketchUp is now optimized soley 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 (Mojave) - SketchUp 2018 has a known issue that leads to a one-time crash of SketchUp 2018 on MacOS Mojave 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.

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.

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.

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.

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