How to install extensions in SketchUp


Extension Warehouse and how to work with it

The Extension Warehouse and SketchUp were made to work together. In most cases, to add an extension on your local copy of SketchUp, you simply click the Install button on the extension details page and wait a moment while the software does the rest of the work.

Installing and managing extensions is easiest if you access the Extension Warehouse from SketchUp by selecting Window > Extension Warehouse. But first of all, you need to log in to the Extension Warehouse, so that all your extensions will be saved under "My Extensions". Why? Just to make your future SketchUp life easier. If you need to install a new version of the SketchUp or change your computer, you don't need to search all the extensions again. Instead of doing that, just visit your "my Extensions" and get them directly.

However, this magical installation process comes with a few caveats

You must access the Extension Warehouse from SketchUp (as opposed to a browser). If you access the Extension Warehouse from a web browser, you see a Download button instead of an Install button, and you then need to install the downloaded .rbz file manually through SketchUp Preferences.

Many extensions on the Extension Warehouse are free for you to download and use. Developers also have the option of selling extensions for a one-time fee or a subscription. When an extension is available for purchase, where you’d normally see the Install button, you instead see a Purchase button and sometimes an Install Trial button, as shown in the following figure. A trial extension is free to use for a limited time. In some cases, an extension is available for purchase, but you need to buy the extension from the developer’s website and install the extension manually.

If you’re not familiar with the features on the extension details page, check out the introduction to the Extension Warehouse interface in Getting Started. If you’re wondering how to uninstall, update, or otherwise manage your extensions, see Managing Extensions.

Trying or purchasing extensions in the 3D Warehouse

Whether you’re signed in to the Extension Warehouse through your browser or SketchUp, you can purchase an extension. However, to install a trial or purchased extension, you need to be signed in to the Extension Warehouse via SketchUp.

After you purchase an extension, the Extension Warehouse doesn’t offer refunds. If you’d like to try out an extension before you purchase it, look for an Install Trial button, which enables you to try how the extension works before you buy it. If you’re having trouble purchasing an extension or would like to contact us about an Extension Warehouse purchase you’ve made, fill out our Customer Service Contact form and, from the You Would Like To drop-down list, select Resolve a Purchasing Issue.

Finding and using an extension after it’s installed

After you install an extension, how do you use it in SketchUp?

Sometimes, an extension appears on an Extensions menu, as shown in the following figure. Simply select an extension from the menu to start using it. The extension may also add a toolbar for using the extension’s features, such as the Curve Maker toolbar shown in the figure. Other times, an extension is on the Draw menu, the Tools menu, or a context menu.

For details about how to use an extension, read the extension’s documentation, which you can find on or via the extension’s details page. For example, the extension details page might include a video, instructions, or links to more documentation about how the extension works. If you have a question, check out the reviews from other users (also on the extension details page) or check whether the developer provides contact information via the details page, their profile, or their website.