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Running Trimble Sketchup on Wine

Sketchup is a freely downloadable 3D modeling application first introduced for MS Windows in 2000.

As of Wine-1.0, Sketchup 6 and 7 both run on Wine, at least with Nvidia graphics cards, although you may have to jump through some hoops to get it working.

If you've been waiting to run Sketchup in Linux, wait no more! Please test it against wine-1.1.11 or later, and file bugs at for any new problems you find.


  • bug 14045; fixed as of wine-1.3.18: 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 it still crashes, run regedit, open [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\SketchUp6\SnappyInstructor] and change "Show" to 0.

  • 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 1.1.11) 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".

  • If it crashes in the "Welcome to Sketchup" dialog and the checkbox can't be unchecked, disconnect from the internet and try again. Crash seems to come from an attempt to compare an online file with a local one, which doesn't occur if disconnected. Uncheck the box once it stops crashing and it will proceed into Sketchup, and crash again. From there, follow instructions on SketchUcation thread.

  • 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)

Open Wine bugs related to Sketchup

If you know of other Wine bugs, please file a bug report so we can fix it. Please include "SketchUp" and the version number in the description.

Open window manager bugs related to Sketchup

Wine AppDB entries

If you've tested Sketchup on Wine, please add a report in the AppDB about it!


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Sketchup (last edited 2013-05-18 06:11:25 by KyleAuble)