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SketchUp Hardware and software requirements

Like many computer programs, SketchUp Make and SketchUp Pro require 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. The following list of requirements and recommendations apply to SketchUp Pro 2017 and SketchUp Make 2017.


Windows 10, Windows 8+ and Windows 7+

Software

• Microsoftฎ Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher.
• SketchUp Pro requires .NET Framework version 4.5.2

SketchUp requires a 64-bit version of Windows.

Boot Camp, VMWare, and Parallels are not supported environments.

Recommended hardware

• 2+ GHz processor
• 8+ GB RAM
• 700 MB of available hard-disk space
• 3D class Video Card with 1 GB of memory or higher. Please ensure that the video card driver supports OpenGL version 3.0 or higher and has up to date drivers.

SketchUp's performance relies heavily the graphics card driver and it's ability to support OpenGL 3.0 or higher. 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
• An internet connection is required to install and authorize SketchUp and to use some of the features.

Minimum hardware

• 1 GHz processor
• 4 GB RAM
• 16 GB of total hard-disk space.
• 500 MB of available hard-disk space
• 3D class Video Card with 512 MB of memory or higher. Please ensure that the video card driver supports OpenGL version 3.0 or higher and has up to date drivers.

Mac OS X 10.12+ (Sierra), 10.11+ (El Capitan) and 10.10+ (Yosemite)

Software

• QuickTime 5.0 and web browser for multimedia tutorials
• Safari

Boot Camp, VMWare, and Parallels are not supported environments.

Recommended hardware

• 2.1+ GHz Intel processor
• 8 GB RAM
• 700 MB of available hard-disk space
• 3D class Video Card with 1 GB of memory or higher. Please ensure that the video card driver supports OpenGL version 3.0 or higher and is up to date
• 3 button, scroll-wheel mouse
• An internet connection is required to authorize SketchUp and to use some of the features.

Minimum hardware

• 2.1+ GHz Intel processor. Power PC is no longer supported
• 4 GB RAM
• 300 MB of available hard-disk space
• 3D class Video Card with 512MB of memory or higher. Please ensure that the video card driver supports OpenGL version 3.0 or higher and is up to date
• 3 button, scroll-wheel mouse.

Unsupported environments

Windows Vista and older
Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) and older

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 Terms of Service: You may not use or host the Software in a virtual server environment.

Boot Camp/Parallels

Neither Boot Camp, VMWare nor Parallels are supported environments.

Additional Notes

SketchUp 2017 - Compatibility Changes

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).

High DPI Support

SketchUp is DPI aware and can adjust the sizes of Icons 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. Note that SketchUp does not yet scale elements in the drawing window which may result in very small elements on very large screens.

Multiple Processors

Note: 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.