Using SketchUp Data with Other Modeling Programs or Tools

When you want to use SketchUp with other modeling programs or tools, that typically means you need to either

  • Import a file from another program into SketchUp.
  • Export your SketchUp model into a file format that works with another program.
Tip: When this article refers to other modeling programs or tools, that means programs outside the SketchUp family of software and tools. If you want to open a 3D model as a document in LayOut, create your own styles in Style Builder, or share models on SketchUp Mobile Viewer or the 3D Warehouse, these programs and tools are designed to work directly with SketchUp. Each of the these applications has its own section in the Knowledge Center, which can help you get up to speed quickly and easily.

Here, you find subarticles about working with CAD files, different types of image files, and other file formats designed for sharing 3D modeling data between applications. To import or export some of these files, you need a SketchUp Pro license or active SketchUp for Web, Go Edition subscription. The following table has a full list of the different types of files you can import into and export from SketchUp.

Note: The SketchUp Subscriptions have additional import and export options as well.
File TypeFile Extension(s)Subscription TypeLearn More
CAD files.dwg, .dxfGo
Pro
Studio
Importing and Exporting CAD Files and Starting with a CAD File in SketchUp
Image files.jpg, .png, .tif, .bmp, .psd, .tga, .pdf, .epsFree
Go
Pro
Studio
Importing and Exporting Image Files
COLLADA files.daeFree
Go
Pro
Studio
Importing and Exporting COLLADA Files
3D Studio (3DS) files.3dsGo
Pro
Studio
Importing and Exporting 3DS Files
Digital elevation models (DEM files).dem, .ddfFree
Go
Pro
Studio
Importing DEM Files for Terrain
FBX files.fbxGo
Pro
Studio
Exporting FBX Files
Google Earth files.kmzFree
Go
Pro
Studio
Exporting KMZ Files for Google Earth
OBJ files.objGo
Pro
Studio
Exporting OBJ Files
VRML files.wrlGo
Pro
Studio
Exporting VRML Files
XSI files.xsiGo 
Pro
Studio
Exporting XSI files
IFC files.ifcPro
Studio
Exporting IFC files
USDZ files.usdzPro
Studio
n/a
gITF.gibPro
Studio
n/a
Tip: If you export your SketchUp model to another file type and receive an error, the article Solving a Blank Dialog or SDK Error When Exporting may help you resolve the problem.
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