Released November 2008. 
Adds Dynamic Components.

Application Details:

Version: 7.0
License: Free to use
Votes: 30
Latest Rating: Bronze
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.7.30

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Test Results

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Selected Test Results

What works

Installation. (Requires OpenGl hardware Ok registry tweak detailed elsewhere.)

Most conventional 3D CAD operations.

What does not

2D file export produces blank (transparent) or all black files.

 (This appears to be a regression since Wine 1.5.4 where the earlier issue was fixed. Current Wine stable (1.6.2) and development (1.7.30) both show the issue.)

Reported as a bug.

Because graphic file output is an essential function for a CAD drawing and Illustration tool like the free version of SketchUp 7, I am rating it as Bronze at this time with current versions of Wine.

(I would rate the program as Gold under older Wine 1.5.4.)


What was not tested

Sketchup 7 Pro features (free version tested), Extended capabilities like Google Earth/Maps

Hardware tested


  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentPuppy Linux 5.xNov 17 20141.7.30Yes Yes BronzeSteve 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 26 20121.4Yes Yes GoldCristiano Orlando 
ShowUbuntu 10.10 "Maverick" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Dec 14 20101.3.7Yes Yes Goldan anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 16 20101.2-rc7Yes No GarbageJose Luis Triana 
ShowUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 13 20101.2-rc3Yes Yes SilverBenjamin 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
3548 .lnk file is created on the desktop together with the program icon... NEW View
17533 Google SketchUp 7/8 'Component Options' window empty (embedded browser control) NEW View
24285 Google SketchUp 8 'Share Model' shows empty 'Sign in' dialog window and opens external browser NEW View
25912 Multiple applications (Google SketchUp 7/8, Photoshop CS6, Mol) don't display the last drawn frame promptly when using binary drivers from Nvidia REOPENED View
27395 Google SketchUp 8 crashes on startup with OpenGL hardware acceleration disabled ('HW_OK=0' setting in registry) NEW View
31193 Google Sketchup (Layout) 8 and later versions crash on startup with Wine-Mono NEEDINFO View
34641 Google Sketchup 8 shows graphics artifacts with 'Nouveau' driver when dragging items UNCONFIRMED View

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HowTo / Notes

  • [bug 14045]: If you get the error "SketchUp was unable to initialize OpenGL!", run regedit, open HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\SketchUp6\GLConfig\Display, and change HW_OK to 1.

  • If you have an nvidia card: you probably need nvidia's proprietary graphics driver. The open-source nv driver isn't good enough yet. (So, on Ubuntu, go to System / Administer / Hardware Drivers, and select the latest proprietary driver. But be sure to turn off Compiz, i.e. go to System / Preferences / Appearance / Visual Effects, and select None.)

  • If you're having trouble with an older version of Wine, use the latest Wine (currently 1.1.28); you can get it from

  • [­­bug 16164; fixed as of wine-1.1.11]: If it crashes in the "­Welcome to Sketchup" dialog when you click "Start Using Sketchup", uncheck the box "show at startup".

  • ­[Bug 16511, fixed as of wine-1.1.11]: To use the Ruby scripts ( you'll need to convert them from DOS format to Unix format.  (e.g. sudo apt-get install tofromdos; dos2unix -f parametric.rb windows.rb)


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It works :)
by Cristiano Orlando on Thursday July 26th 2012, 23:26
I spent a few hours looking for a fix / workaround and really got it working.

It looks like some ruby problems with this script

Go to the Sketchup plugins folder like:
/home/user/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Google/Google SketchUp 8/Plugins

Here i use Sketchup 8, but the problem and fix are the same

Edit vfs.rb
Replace (not working)


I don't know why the original script was giving this error (i am not a developer) but i found this fix at some message board, and really works good :)
How did you make the vray working?
by Jose Luis Triana on Friday July 16th 2010, 13:41
I like to know how did you make it working??, I installed the trial and it couldn't load the .rb file, says there is a mising module:

Error al cargar archivo VRayForSketchup.rb
126: Module not found - C:/Archivos de programa/Google/Google SketchUp 7/Plugins/VRayForSketchUp/
RE: How did you make the vray working?
by Jose Luis Triana on Friday July 16th 2010, 13:42
I tested the Vray plug-in in Ubuntu 10.04
Tested in Ubuntu Lucid with wine 1.1.42
by Pablo Estigarribia on Wednesday May 19th 2010, 21:26
It works very well, but I had 2 issues that I think is important to know how to fix them:

1 - In first time installation with Sketchup 7 setup I got an error message that says I have no Windows Installer? I tried to install windows installer 3.1 and 4.5 but after that installation I got same error message. My Ubuntu installation is an upgrade from 2 or 3 versions before, so I removed all .wine and .winetrick.cache folders from my home directory. After remove .wine: Sketchup Installed successful with new .wine configuration generated automatically!

2 - In first time run of Sketchup 7: I got this error message saying It couldn't found OpenGL, but workarround above fixed it!

Exporting materials
by Andrea Pasciuta on Tuesday May 11th 2010, 4:58
Tested SketchUp Pro 7.1 (6087) on wine 1.1.44.
Still doesn't export any materials except for COLLADA (Google format).
SketchUp 7 Works
by Jonah Dahlquist on Friday April 30th 2010, 10:25
Google SketchUp 7 works almost perfectly. Window resizing is a bit wonky, but works. Installation was pretty easy. Installed Wine from .deb package (wine1.2_1.1.42-0ubuntu4_amd64.deb). I obviously am running it on Ubuntu (10.04 beta 2) 64-bit.

Got "OpenGL couldn't be initialized" message, but solution above fixed it. Got black screen, but followed instructions at . Scroll down to "Known Issues and follow the instructions under "Jockey(Ubuntu's restricted driver manager) doesn't..."

The work area is always a bit behind. I have to zoom or orbit after performing an action (like eraser) to see what I did. Selection boxes are persistent, too. It's not much trouble, though.

This is really great!

(NVidia Quadro 1800)
RE: SketchUp 7 Works
by Jonah Dahlquist on Friday April 30th 2010, 10:34
Sorry, meant Scroll down to "Known Issues" and follow...

Forgot to mention, I have Compiz on, and it works fine.
RE: SketchUp 7 Works
by David Bronke on Tuesday July 27th 2010, 16:57
I was able to fix the problems with the work area lagging by enabling the "Use fast feedback" option under OpenGL in the SketchUp preferences... after doing that, it behaves much better.
white square cursor instead of transparent
by waluyo on Tuesday February 23rd 2010, 2:38
Any news on the "white square" cursor issue? I still haven't found any workaround for this matter.
RE: white square cursor instead of transparent
by sapsan on Wednesday June 9th 2010, 0:38
I have a same bug with 1.1.42 and 1.2 rc2 on ubuntu 10.04.
Sketchup 7.1 on wine 1.2
by f on Tuesday October 6th 2009, 14:54
Seems to work if you disconnect from the internet while starting Sketchup ....

I think the bugsplat is relate to the application trying to get to for the latest help update. If you are not connected at startup then it reads a local file.

Once started you can connect back onto the internet - but it will crash if you try and use the help again.
RE: Sketchup 7.1 on wine 1.2
by Bram Avontuur on Wednesday November 11th 2009, 11:19
I can confirm this. Bringing down the network makes it work in Ubuntu 9.10 with wine 1.1.32.
Sketchup 7.1
by Gerhard Schneider on Wednesday September 23rd 2009, 11:02
Currently, the new version logs me out when I try to start the installer. I have turned off dri and compiz. I will wait a bit and keep my eyes open for solutions.
Was working welll
by Edgar Mesquita on Thursday August 13th 2009, 0:03
I have a Macbook2,1 with the intel graphics and Disabling DRI on Xorg.conf plus no visual effects was working perfectly.

I even managed to work for a full week with no sweat.
I enabled the effects and from then on I have the black draw area.
Tried enabling and disabling DRI and UXA all possible Hardware acceleration and so far no luck!
I'll keep on trying till I get a solution!
Works well out of the box in Wine 1.1.26
by E Peltzer on Sunday July 19th 2009, 17:43
On Ubuntu Jaunty x64, Nvidia binary driver 185.18.14, 9400GT graphic card. Sketchup stopped working for me a few months ago, and I tried some of the fixes here to no avail. I finally just deleted the .wine directory to start over with 1.1.26. That's a bit of a drag as I have about 6 apps I like to run with Wine but about half of them have stopped working. I can't figure out if installing some new Win program screwed things up. It could also be that the latest Nvidia drivers that seem to be constantly updating screwed things up.

Anyway, Sketchup 7 now just works after running the install with no workarounds or downloading msttcorefonts or regedits or anything. Compiz is even running and the app is full screen and can be re-sized. I've not tested it extensively but I drew some stuff, loaded a number of my past models, and even loaded a model from the Google 3D Warehouse online. Display 3D speed seems to be pretty good. Only thing that's wanky is that my keyboard is Dvorak and Sketchup hotkeys are keyed to QWERTY but you enter text and dimensions etc with Dvorak. Maybe a manual remap of the hotkeys could fix it but's it's kind of a pain.

Good progress, at least until the next Wine or driver update screws things up again.
Google SketchUp v.7 on Ubuntu 8.10
by Ivars on Wednesday July 15th 2009, 9:15
Thanks to info provided here it took just one day to get SketchUp v.7 running on
up to date Ubuntu 8.10
NVIDIA Driver Version 180.11 for GeForce 7600 GT video
Wine 1.0.1

SketchUp runs full screen, no glitches on first sight, shadows also are fine. Opens and saves files.

What i had to do is as follows:

Synaptics managed Wine install;
Wine run Google SketchUp installer exe file.

Run regedit and change two registry keys:





Next, as a current user:
sudo apt-get install cabextract

sudo chmod +x winetricks

./winetricks corefonts vcrun6

./winetricks dotnet20 #install failed btw ...

NVIDIA X Server Settings manager checked
Antialiasing Settings - Override Application - Off
Anisotropic Filtering - Override Application - 1x

Wine configuration for SketchUp:
Application - SketchUp.exe - WindowsXP
Graphics - Allow window manager to decorate windows - check
Allow window manager to control windows - check
Emulate a virtual desktop, size 1024x768

There is no need to run wine SketchUp.exe --opengl
wine SketchUp.exe is sufficient.

Check what are your International settings when entering manual dimensions fail (decimal and list separators). Look what's on dimension box while you draw e.g. a rectangle.
Sketchup7 in Wine 1.1.23
by Dan on Thursday June 18th 2009, 21:39
I also get a black desktop in Skecthup7. I can set the toolbars and even show tools over the desk area, but I can't draw anything.
black screen
by Andrey on Friday June 12th 2009, 3:58
I have black screen too.
when i set emulate desktop in winecfg i have a strange video output
(out of the virtual desktop)
Black screen
by Johannes Lørup Johnsen on Thursday May 28th 2009, 2:47
After setting snappyinstructor to 0 and HW_OK to 1, I finally got the program running with no crashes. Thanks for that.

What I get now, is a responsive program with menus and buttons that change shading as I roll over them - it works. What I also get is a black screen where I should be able to draw and model. I can press the modelling tools and use them, but I can't see anything. I have an intel GM945 with the proprietary driver, Ubuntu 9.04 and WIne 1.1.22

Has anyone else got this problem?
SketchUp Crashes on Load
by Kyle R Hunt on Saturday March 28th 2009, 21:00
I installed SketchUp 7 on Ubuntu Wine 1.0.1 did the reg fix for OpenGL and was still crashing on launch. No wine error but SketchUp would crash immediately on launch, after disabling the spash screen. changing the Reg Key HKEY_CURRENT_USER>Software>Google>SketchUp7>SnappyInstructor>Show from 1 to 0 fixed this problem. I now have SketchUp working with Compix.
Hope this helps other people.
RE: SketchUp Crashes on Load
by Dan Kegel on Saturday May 23rd 2009, 23:37 is another
crash on load bug, fortunately with a simple patch.
Hopefully some real wine developer will pick it up :-)
Can't enter values from keyboard
by elmergato on Saturday January 3rd 2009, 12:15
Wine 1.1.11
Ubuntu 8.10
Sketchup 7

Can't enter values from keyboard when drawing.
Can draw perfectly with the mouse, but when need to draw a rectangle of 1x3m or a 4m line I cant' enter any value.
RE: Can't enter values from keyboard
by Joshua Layne on Wednesday February 4th 2009, 18:00
I can verify this bug - Ubuntu 8.10 with Wine 1.1.14 and Sketchup 7.0.8657

It would be GREAT to get text entry - my biggest problem with sketchup is the lack of precision with mouse dragging - text entry would fix that
This Operating System is not supported.
by OM on Tuesday December 16th 2008, 10:31
when I open Setup.exe, installer starts extracting but then I only get popup saying "This Operating System is not supported."

any ideas?

wine 1.1.10, kubuntu 8.10
RE: This Operating System is not supported.
by Marko Niiranen on Wednesday December 17th 2008, 19:11
Run winecfg and check which version of Windows you are using? SketchUp 7 needs XP or Vista maybe you got something else there?
RE: This Operating System is not supported.
by davide cerrato on Saturday December 27th 2008, 15:36
I tried with both (XP and Vista) but I cannot install. This is the output when I luch the installation of google sketchup 7.0

davide@davide-laptop:~/Desktop$ wine GoogleSketchUpWEN.exe must be installed for pthread_cancel to work
wine client error:19: write: Descrittore di file errato must be installed for pthread_cancel to work
wine client error:19: write: Descrittore di file errato must be installed for pthread_cancel to work
wine client error:19: write: Descrittore di file errato must be installed for pthread_cancel to work
wine client error:19: write: Descrittore di file errato
davide@davide-laptop:~/Desktop$ must be installed for pthread_cancel to work
err:seh:setup_exception_record nested exception on signal stack in thread 0012 eip b7f1d410 esp 7ffd34f0 stack 0x7eb5a000-0x7ec69000 must be installed for pthread_cancel to work must be installed for pthread_cancel to work
err:seh:setup_exception_record nested exception on signal stack in thread 0011 eip b7f47410 esp 7ffd74f0 stack 0x7ecc4000-0x7edd3000
wine client error:14: must be installed for pthread_cancel to work
err:seh:setup_exception_record nested exception on signal stack in thread 0011 eip b7f47410 esp 7ffd6960 stack 0x7ecc4000-0x7edd3000
RE: This Operating System is not supported.
by Dan Kegel on Thursday January 1st 2009, 4:02
" must be installed for pthread_cancel to work"
means something is seriously broken. What version of Linux
are you using? Where did you get your Wine?
RE: This Operating System is not supported.
by davide cerrato on Thursday January 1st 2009, 8:31
The version is UBUNTU 8.10. I simply upgraded from 7.10 and did not installed a lot of other applications.
Wine version is 1.0.0 distributed with Ubuntu. It was installed also with 7.10 and I could run sketch-up 6. Now this version is not working.

I tried also to uninstall and install again (wine and sketchup 6) without results.

It have also google-earth installed and there is a version of in /home/davide/google-earth.

I cannot find it under /usr/lib.

RE: This Operating System is not supported.
by Dan Kegel on Thursday January 1st 2009, 11:48
Your wine is too old. Please install wine-1.1.11 from

Referencing the from /home/davide/google-earth
is a just plain bad idea, don't do it.

Your system sounds very broken. You may want to consider a
clean install of Ubuntu if nothing else works.
RE: This Operating System is not supported.
by davide cerrato on Sunday January 4th 2009, 17:09
I installed wine-1.1.11 and fixed the system. Libgcc was present in /lib but this path was not in LD-LIBRARY_PATH. Now the system point to this one.

I launched again the installer but I get again "OS not supported" (I tried with both Vista and XP).

This is the output.

davide@davide-laptop:~/Desktop$ wine GoogleSketchUpWEN.exe
fixme:reg:GetNativeSystemInfo (0x33f3fc) using GetSystemInfo()
fixme:advapi:CheckTokenMembership ((nil) 0x133780 0x33f33c) stub!
fixme:advapi:LookupAccountNameW (null) L"davide" (nil) 0x33ef58 (nil) 0x33ef5c 0x33ef50 - stub
fixme:advapi:LookupAccountNameW (null) L"davide" 0x13c660 0x33ef58 0x1896d0 0x33ef5c 0x33ef50 - stub
err:msi:ITERATE_Actions Execution halted, action L"LaunchConditions" returned 1603

RE: Can't run Sketchup
by Dan Kegel on Tuesday December 9th 2008, 22:40
First, please don't post long logs like that. I'm
going to summarize your post here, then delete the original.

-- snip --
When I attempt to run Sketchup on Intrepid Ibex with Wine 1.1.9, I get these errors:

fixme:actctx:parse_depend_manifests Could not find dependent assembly L"Microsoft.VC80.CRT"
err:module:import_dll Library MSVCR80.dll (which is needed by L"C:\\Program Files\\Google\\Google SketchUp 7\\gdal12.dll") not found
-- snip --

You might have installed something that disagrees with Wine.
Does the problem happen in a fresh .wine directory?
(i.e. try renaming .wine to .wine.old, reinstall just
Sketchup 7, and see if it still happens.)
RE: Can't run Sketchup
by FELA on Wednesday December 10th 2008, 2:51
happens the almost the same for me *in a fresh wine directory* as well.
(FEDORA 10 - wine 1.1.9 - AIGLX driver - runs with ugly freezed background)

fixme:actctx:parse_depend_manifests Could not find dependent assembly L"Microsoft.VC80.MFCLOC"

but it seems to find the library, which is MSVCR80.DLL. If I remove this file SU7 doesn't start. Maybe the problem is not the fixme message.

Find online MSVCR80.DLL and copy it in the right directory. I have 2 of them here:
and here:

keep in touch
RE: Can't run Sketchup
by Dan Kegel on Sunday December 14th 2008, 5:31
Fixme messages from Wine are seldom real problems, they're usually more like notes from the programmers to themselves.

Nobody should need to copy in msvcr80.dll to run Sketchup;
Sketchup installs that just fine all by itself.

If you *do* need to install that library for some other app,
the safe way to do it is with winetricks; see