Offers improved features for modeling "in context" like built-in Google Maps for easier geo-location, color imagery and more accurate terrain, deeper integration of Building Maker, moreover Solid Tools for additive and subtractive modeling and volume calculation.

Application Details:

Version: 8.x
License: Free to use
Votes: 0
Rating: Gold
Wine Version: 1.7.34

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Test Results

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What works

  • Making models
  • 2D image export (example here).
  • Editing existing models
  • Installing .rb extensions by copying them to '~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files (x86)/Google/Google SketchUp 8/Plugins' (wine's 'C:\\Program Files (x86)\Google\Google SketchUp 8\Plugins')
  • Installing extensions using .rbz installers - note you can download extensions from
  • (More of a Wine thing), but themes from DeviantArt reduce the Windows 98 appearance. Some additional configuration is often need in winecfg, but currently cant be bothered to do that (e.g. blue bar in above example :)

N.B. It works better under Wine than under the Windows 7 machine I dual boot with, as has lots of graphic glitches with SketchUp 8 (e.g. with the select tool), and Linux has middle mouse support for my laptop touchpad (pressing left and right together) - newer versions of SketchUp are also currently not an option where I do work, so using SketchUp 8 on both Linux and Windows works well.

What does not

No parts of the program itself seem to have issues, though at first Sketchup did not launch due to this error:

SketchUp was unable to initialize OpenGl! Please make sure you have installed the correct drivers for your graphics card. Error: ChoosePixelFormat failed

Until the fix from here was applied - the fix was:

  • Open Wine's Regedit
  • Find: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\SketchUp8\GLConfig\Display
  • Double click on "HW_OK" and change the 'Value data' from 0 to 1.

As I was fed up of having to do this and other 'tweaks' I made a small, currently 'beta' stage script to do this, available here: - Feedback wanted and welcome! For this test I installed without (but with the above fix) and then with this script on a freshly reinstalled Fedora 21 box, and both work great.

I will also add that SketchUp 8 does not work under Fedora 21 (worked fine with default wine install under Fedora 19) unless the the  wine-opencl package is installed. You should be able to install it with:

 sudo yum --enablerepo=updates-testing update wine* 

 sudo yum --enablerepo=updates-testing install wine-opencl* 

What was not tested

Licensing (I use the free version that was available from - to be exact)

Anything I forgot...

Additional Comments

selected in Test Results table below
DistributionTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?RatingSubmitter
CurrentFedora 21 x86_64Jan 20 20151.7.34 Yes Yes GoldWilf M 
ShowPuppy Linux 5.xNov 17 20141.7.30 Yes Yes BronzeSteve 
ShowFedora 19 x86_64Jul 26 20141.7.22 Yes Yes GoldWilf M 
ShowopenSUSE 13.1Jun 04 20141.7.19 Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Sep 12 20131.7.1 Yes Yes Silveran anonymous user 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
3548 .lnk file is created on the desktop together with the program icon... NEW View
24285 Google SketchUp 8 'Share Model' shows empty 'Sign in' dialog window and opens external browser NEW View
25912 Google SketchUp 7/8 one mouse event behind with binary drivers from Nvidia REOPENED View
26250 Google sketchup 8 fails to print UNCONFIRMED View
27395 Google SketchUp 8 crashes on startup with OpenGL hardware acceleration disabled ('HW_OK=0' setting in registry) NEW View

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