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SketchUp System Requirements

If you’re looking to buy Sketchup Pro for your 3D-modeling needs, knowing the system requirements to get it running is a must to make sure you don’t end up spending for nothing on Sketchup or more than your budget allows on upgrading your PC.

Note that according to Sketchup, if you’re running Sketchup on Chromebook, the minimum system requirements won’t deliver a smooth performance. You’ll need to ensure that your Chromebook meets the recommended system requirements for the best Sketchup experience.

Needless to say, you’ll require an active internet connection to install and verify Sketchup and also to use some of its features.

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SketchUp Pro system requirements (Windows 10)

You can also check your Windows 10 PC’s compatibility for Sketchup 2017 and newer version using Sketchup’s compatibility checker here.

WindowsRecommended System RequirementsMinimum System Requirements
Processor2GHz+ clock speed1GHz+ clock speed
RAM8GB4GB
Disk Space700MB500MB
GPU1GB or higher memory 3D class memory card with support for hardware acceleration. Support for OpenGL 3.1 or higher and updated.512MB or higher memory 3D class memory card with support for hardware acceleration. Support for OpenGL 3.1 or higher and updated.
Miscellaneous3-button scroll wheel mouse | Edge/IE9 browser | .NET Framework version 4.5.2Edge/IE9 browser | .NET Framework version 4.5.2

Additional notes

  • Sketchup only uses a single processor on multiple processor machines. It doesn’t support hyper or multi-threading.
  • Logitech 3D Motion Controllers from 3Dconnexion are supported.
  • You’ll need to restart Sketchup if you adjust screen DPI o scaling to see icons and drawing elements correctly.

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SketchUp Pro system requirements (Mac)

The following Sketchup system requirements are for Mac OS 11+ (Big Sur), Mac OS 10.15+ (Catalina) and Mac OS 10.14+ (Mojave).

Sketchup is compatible with Apple’s latest M1 chipset. If you’re facing an issue with that silicon, you can report your issue here.

MacRecommended System RequirementsMinimum System Requirements
Processor2.1GHz+ clock speed2.1GHz+ clock speed
RAM8GB4GB
Disk Space700MB500MB
GPU1GB or higher memory 3D class memory card with support for hardware acceleration. Support for OpenGL 3.1 or higher and updated.512MB or higher memory 3D class memory card with support for hardware acceleration. Support for OpenGL 3.1 or higher and updated.
Miscellaneous3-button scroll wheel mouse | QuickTime 5.0 | Safari3-button scroll wheel mouse | QuickTime 5.0 | Safari

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SketchUp system requirements (Web)

You can also use Sketchup for web on Chrome 59+ or Firefox 52+. Sketchup for web also supports high DPI retina displays.

WebRecommended System RequirementsMinimum System Requirements
Processor2.8GHz+ clock speed2.1GHz+ clock speed
RAM8GB+4GB
Disk Space1GB700MB
GPU2GB discrete graphics card (eg: AMD Radeon R9 M37X)512MB Intel HD integrated graphics
MiscellaneousMouse and keyboard inputMouse and keyboard input

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SketchUp version compatibility

Sketchup VersionCompatibility notes
SketchUp 2021Added support for  MacOS 11.0 (Big Sur). Removed support for MacOS 10.13 (High Sierra) and Windows 7 and 8.
SketchUp 2020Removed support for Mac OS X 10.12 (Sierra). Warehouse sign-in redirects to an external browser.
SketchUp 2019Removed support for Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan). Trimble sign-in required to access Pro 2019 subscription or free trial. No sign-in required for Sketchup Desktop Classic licenses.
SketchUp 2018Removed support for Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite). Sketchup Make discontinued. Sketchup Free launched; can be accessed on modern web browsers.
SketchUp 2017Removed support for 32-bit OS, OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), OpenGL 2.0 and software rendering of models.
SketchUp 2016Removed support for OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) and older versions.
SketchUp 2015Removed support for OS X 10.7 (Lion), Mac OS X Sierra, Windows Vista and XP.
SketchUp 2013Removed support for  OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and reduced support for Windows XP.
SketchUp 8Removed support for OS X 10.4 (Tiger) and older versions.
SketchUp 7Removed support for Windows 2000 and older versions.

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Unsupported

Continuing the table above, here is a list of all the unsupported operating systems and environments for Sketchup.

  • 32-bit operating systems
  • MacOS 10.13 (High Sierra)
  • MacOS X 10.12 (Sierra) and older versions
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
  • Windows Vista and older versions.
  • Linux
  • Boot Camp
  • Parallels
  • VMWare
  • Citrix
  • Remote Desktop connections

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