SketchUp 8.x

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License Free to use
Wine Version1.7.34
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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.
Old test results
The test results for this version are very old, and as such they may not represent the current state of Wine. Please consider submitting a new test report.
Selected Test Results (selected in 'Test Results' table below)

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

Test Results
DistributionTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?RatingSubmitter
CurrentFedora 21 x86_64Jan 20 20151.7.34 Yes Yes Gold Wilf M 
ShowPuppy Linux 5.xNov 17 20141.7.30 Yes Yes Bronze Steve 
ShowFedora 19 x86_64Jul 26 20141.7.22 Yes Yes Gold Wilf M 
ShowopenSUSE 13.1Jun 04 20141.7.19 Yes Yes Bronze an anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Sep 12 20131.7.1 Yes Yes Silver an 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
37576 Google Sketchup 7 and 8: 2D Drawing File Export Broken UNCONFIRMED View


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by Leandro on Thursday April 23rd 2015, 14:45
Everything running ok on Fedora 19!!! Thanks for solve the OpenGL issue

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by zz2211 on Sunday March 22nd 2015, 15:45
As i can't edit comments here. Just adding a Thank You, to the bottom of that last one.

Thank You.

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Linux mint?
by zz2211 on Sunday March 22nd 2015, 15:45
Has anyone tested this on linux mint? Sketchup 8 under wine of any version, preferably on the latest version of mint. Does the fact it has worked on other linux distribtuions, and been recorded here to do so, imply it ought to? I think some of the distributions it was tested under are the one's which linux mint is a "daughter/son/futher development" of.

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a question about sketchup 8 under wine on linux
by zz2211 on Friday December 12th 2014, 16:15
I wanted to ask, i notice from this page that there have been some problems with certain sketchup features when trying to run sketchup 8 under wine. Particularly with image export using file-->export-->2d graphic. I wanted to know if sketchup plugins which worked when running sketchup 8 on windows still work when using it under wine. Does sketchup under wine still have the folder C:\Program Files\Google\Google Sketchup\ (version numbers...) \Plugins and the ability to run .rb files placed in there? I'm thinking of switching from windows to linux soon and want to check whether this program and it's plugins will still work. The plguin i am specicifically thinking of is an old kerkythea export su2kt plugin.
If this question would be better "posted" elsewhere then feel free to move it to a more appropriate location.

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Winetricks: Google SketchUp 8 CheckSum mismatch
by Bing Crossbow on Sunday June 10th 2012, 11:26
Winetricks (part of my Wine 1.4 installation) can't install Google SketchUp 8 as the automatically downloaded file repeatedly gives incorrect checksum result.

I'm a Noob to Wine/Ubuntu (Precise Pangolin)... what can I do or is this a Google error? Please be gentle.

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useful article
by Sergei, Turukin on Tuesday February 21st 2012, 6:53

i've found very useful article with some links to registry keys to get sketchup working.

couldn't get SU working without these "brilliant" patches. Had to disable splash screen, inspector and enable hardware acceleration. Hope this helps.

Arch 64, wine 1.4rc4.

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Do you need a shell script to run it on Wine?
by Greg on Tuesday January 3rd 2012, 23:14
If you interpret 'Do you' as meaning 'Does one', the answer is yes.

The actual question is for you to answer. I have written a simple one. There doesn't seem to be anywhere to upload it on AppDB, so let me know if you want me to send it to you. It's small - 111 Bytes.

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mouse pointer always displaced
by Gabriel on Monday December 26th 2011, 6:05
wine version 1.3.35
Application: Google Sketchup 8.0

The pointer of the mouse is always pointing few millimeters above the arrow.

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no run
by Nikita on Saturday November 5th 2011, 3:42
nikitron@terminator:~/Рабочий стол$ wine "Google SketchUp 8.desktop"
wine: Unhandled page fault on write access to 0x00542000 at address 0x7ef7baea (thread 0021), starting debugger...
fixme:service:scmdatabase_autostart_services Auto-start service L"sfdrv01" failed to start: 1053
wine: Call from 0x7ed61639 to unimplemented function ntoskrnl.exe.IoCreateSynchronizationEvent, aborting
wine: Unimplemented function ntoskrnl.exe.IoCreateSynchronizationEvent called at address 0x7ed61639 (thread 002a), starting debugger...
wine: Call from 0x7ed61639 to unimplemented function ntoskrnl.exe.IoCreateSynchronizationEvent, aborting
wine: Call from 0x7ed61639 to unimplemented function ntoskrnl.exe.IoCreateSynchronizationEvent, aborting
fixme:service:scmdatabase_autostart_services Auto-start service L"sfhlp02" failed to start: 1053
wine: Unhandled page fault on write access to 0x00544000 at address 0x7ef7baea (thread 0031), starting debugger...
fixme:service:scmdatabase_autostart_services Auto-start service L"sfvfs02" failed to start: 1053
wine: ������ � ������� EXE ��� Z:\home\nikitron\������� ����\Google SketchUp 8.desktop

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installed on Gentoo/Dell laptop
by John Poole on Thursday February 24th 2011, 21:06
Sketchup: version 8

laptop: Dell Inspiron N7010

Linux: [Gentoo] Linux themis 2.6.34-gentoo-r12 #2 SMP Fri Jan 28 03:31:57 PST 2011 i686 Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU M 460 @ 2.53GHz GenuineIntel GNU/Linux

wine: 1.3.14

Had to switch the value of the regedit key to "1" to get past the error message: SketchUp was unable to initialize OpenGL! Please make sure you have installed the correct drivers for your graphics card.

Error: ChoosePixelFormat failed.

Problem: keyboard commands, e.g. spacebar change to select, p to push, do not work, can only invoke using the mouse

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Not working with nvidia whql driver 260.19.36
by CHEGGOUR Hamza on Thursday February 17th 2011, 1:27
Not working with nvidia proprietary whql driver 260.19.36 so I reverted to an older beta driver (260.19.29)

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Correction to registry entry
by Steve Kelem on Tuesday January 4th 2011, 2:12
The reg key, above, for SketchUp8 should be HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Google/SketchUp8/GLConfig/Display. The default value for the Data is 1.

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layout not working
by AlexDS on Sunday December 19th 2010, 4:13
i forgot to mention that i have Ubuntu 10.10 and Wine 1.3.8

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layout not working
by AlexDS on Sunday December 19th 2010, 4:13
i have sketchup 8 PRO, and the sketchup applications seems to work fine, but the Layout and Style Builder are not working. They crash at the start.

what can be done ?

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Ruby Script: SU crashes with the system(exe) command
by Alessandro on Monday November 1st 2010, 12:58
In Ubuntu 8.10 and wine 1.2, the use, inside a script, of the ruby command


will produce a crash in SketchUp.

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Wine 1.3.3
by Aerilius on Sunday October 3rd 2010, 14:18
With Wine 1.3.3, the Ruby console works perfect.
And now drag and drop of images into the Sketchup window works without crash ;-)

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by Aerilius on Thursday September 30th 2010, 8:02
If the keyboard shortcuts don't work by default (they should, and they worked in previous versions), you can assign new shortcuts in the preferences.
s = scale

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No image export
by Alessandro on Monday September 27th 2010, 6:25
Exporting the view in a 2D format (free version) like PNG, TIF, or JPG I get a "white" image (sometimes a "black" one).

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Focus lost when entering numbers
by Tsu Dho Nimh on Wednesday September 15th 2010, 19:58
Does not allow me to enter text in the text input fields for scaling objects. If I move the cursor to the field, it appears to lose focus on the object.

I don't know if this is normal or not, but the help files indicate that you can resize objects by entering the desired dimensions as text.

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