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installing sketchup plugins

In this guide you will find every possible method for installing plugins in SketchUp and what you need to make it as trouble free as possible.

If you are new to Sketchup and you have just begun to explore to vast world of plugins then this is the ideal introduction.

This tutorial is aimed at Beginner SketchUp Users who are familiar with using various archiving apps and digging about their computers innards.



The Complete Guide to SketchUp Plugins for Beginners

Whether it's our very own community driven Plugin Index, Didier Bur's Ruby Depot or Smustard you have an awesome plethora of plugins to choose from. Installing these for the first time can be a little tricky for new users. Sometimes it can be frustrating when things are not clear from the outset.

From rbz to zip we detail every step you need to know to get SketchUp tailored to your needs.



Installing RBZ files in SketchUp

Since the release of SketchUp 8 M2 the clever folks at SketchUp made installing plugins a one click operation. They introduced a new file format (.rbz) which means that you can install plugins from within SketchUp itself.

Under the Window menu select Preferences to display the following dialog box...

extension manager location

Selecting Extensions from the sidebar lists all the active and inactive plugins currently installed.

Clicking Install Extension... allows you to navigate to the .rbz file you downloaded.

A warning dialog asks to confirm that you want to install this plugin and that you are aware that it makes changes to your file system. No real need to worry here if you downloaded the file from a reputable source.

install warning pop-up

The final dialog box confirms the installation is successful.


That is a pretty painless means of installing scripts but the adoption of the RBZ format is not yet widespread. Later we will look at making other non RBZ plugins into .rbz files.



Installing RB files in SketchUp

The .rb format has long been the staple method of delivering SketchUp Plugins. It is a simple text file written in the ruby language that is saved as a ruby file. These can come in varying complexity. Some are simply a single file which will add a menu item. While others contain folders with multiple files that are delivered in the zip format that may add toolbar functionality and all sorts of goodies. We will look at how to manually install these into SketchUp.



Whether you are a PC or Mac use you will first need to locate where the SketchUp Plugins folder on your sysem is.

On Microsoft Windows it is located here -

C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Google SketchUp 8\Plugins

On Mac OSX it is located here -

/Library/Application Support/Google SketchUp 8/SketchUp/Plugins

Mac users need to pay particular attention here as it is a common misconception that the plugins folder is located with the SketchUp package.

With our plugins folder identified installing a plugin is a simple drag and drop procedure from your default browser download folder location to the SketchUp Plugins folder. If SketchUp is already running you will need to restart it for the plugin to appear.


#1 vmm91 2013-12-01 11:53
Why my program doesn't have an Install Extension button?
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#2 fuzzwald 2013-12-20 03:41
Do any of you Mac users know how to reach the /Library directory from within Sketchup?
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#3 JarrodLK 2014-01-31 20:50
Did I miss something? Was there actual instruction herein on how to install an .rb file?
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#4 JarrodLK 2014-01-31 21:01
Did I miss something? Was there actual instruction herein on how to install and .rb file? I non-descript link, perhaps?
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#5 brionesleonard 2014-02-03 15:34
yeah! me too
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#6 Rich O Brien 2014-02-03 16:00
You need to have SketchUp v8 Maintenance Release 2 or above to be able to install extensions via Preferences
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#7 ianyuwanda 2014-02-28 03:16
hai, i cant locate
/Library/Applic ation Support/Google SketchUp 8/SketchUp/Plugins
even if create it, sketchup doesnt recognize. pls help
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#8 NoelleFish 2014-04-18 12:13
I also cannot locate C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Go ogle SketchUp 8\Plugins - I have sketchup make 2014.
Please help.
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#9 vouvette 2014-08-14 11:31
Manually installing a plugin or extension for Windows 8:
C:\Users\AppData\Roaming\SketchUp\SketchUp 2014\SketchUp\P lugins.
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#10 Toucan 2015-01-04 22:13
MAC OSX: Somewhere on the MAC screen is an icon labeled: "Macintosh HD" . The Plugins path is located under Library.
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#11 krortiz 2015-02-11 19:42
MAC new OS, the library is hidden! You need to go to your Finder, under the "Go" drop down, when you hold down the Option key, Library appears in that menu
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#12 MarkusMak 2015-05-29 07:51
I have installed extensions excactly this way and it says installation completed, but nothing shows up and cant find them. pls help. using Windows 8 and SU15
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#13 Rich O Brien 2015-05-29 09:53
Quoting MarkusMak:
it says installation completed

You haven't mentioned what you installed?
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#14 August 2015-07-18 18:44
In or prior to SketchUp 2014, the location of the plugins folder changed from a system folder to a user folder. The paths in the article are system folders.
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#15 DDK 2015-07-29 09:32
nothing like making it easy... NOT , still don't know what to do, be nice to have one format so all can use and understand but thank you....
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#16 cathereal 2016-08-05 09:54
tenho o sketchUp 2016 e não consigo instalar o segundo ponto - Instalando arquivos de RB no SketchUp
help !
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#17 james138 2016-09-01 15:21
Directory is now:
SketchUp 2016: C:\Users\YOUR USERNAME\AppDat a\Roaming\Sketc hUp\SketchUp 2016\SketchUp\P lugins
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#18 Aldiboron 2016-11-23 19:41
In SketchUp 2017
Under the Windows menu select Extension Manager
click on "Install Extension" button
browse & find the downloaded .rbz file
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#19 oleingvar 2017-02-23 20:49
it is possible and create a manual for MAC OS 10.12.2 and SketcUp 2017 how to install this?
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#20 mkono 2017-03-13 05:47
Hi, I had been facing same problem as above before. Please make sure that you need to install "LibFredo6 Version 6 7.4 or higher"
with FredoScale.
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#21 rca_cha 2017-07-21 20:15
If anyone else don't know how to install rbz Windows>Extensi on Manager. In the windows that comes up, simply click Install Extension and find the rbz file
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#22 agenta bleu 2017-10-19 10:35
je n'ai pas de bouton extensions dans mon programme ???
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#23 Aldiboron 2017-10-19 15:26
If you are having trouble & want to get assistance, then you probably need to mention both your operating system and the version of SketchUp that you are using.
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#24 Kade Nystrom 2019-02-03 15:20
Is it possible to do all this on SketchUp Free? If so, could someone tell me how to do it?
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#25 Kade Nystrom 2019-02-03 15:23
I am using Windows 8.1 64 bit
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#26 Aldiboron 2019-02-03 18:55
Kade, I know it's easy in the free Make 2017, see comment 18 above. I haven't tried the online version, but guess the hardest part would be to find the button.
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#27 SAMouzon 2022-02-21 21:06
I'm trying to update a couple Fredo6 extensions but nothing I've tried works. I'm running SketchUp Pro 2021 on Mac OS 10.14.6
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#28 sanathkgowda 2022-03-15 14:36
extensions is not vissible in skethup prferences what to do
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#29 djh 2022-05-26 15:51
Thank you.
How can I save this guide?
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