Google SketchUp Pro System Requirements

By Charlie Higgins

SketchUp Pro is a 3D modeling application owned and developed by Google. It is used primarily as a industrial and architectural design tool, and is compatible with other popular drafting and modeling applications. SketchUp is graphics intensive and requires relatively high system specifications to run smoothly without stalling or crashing. Before you purchase SketchUp Pro, make sure you have the recommended system requirements.

Operating System

SketchUp can run in both Windows and Macintosh operating systems. For Windows users, SketchUp can be run in Windows XP, Vista and 7. Google SketchUp Pro requires .NET Framework version 2.0. If you are unsure about the .NET framework, go to For Mac users, SketchUp will only run in OS X versions 10.4.1+, 10.5+ and 10.6+. (Tiger, Leopard and Snow Leopard respectively.) SketchUp cannot be run in Boot Camp or Parallels environments.


Your computer's processor determines how fast it can process data, affecting the overall speed that it operates. For Mac users, your processor should be a 2.1+ GHz G5/Intel™ processor or higher. For Windows users, Google recommends a 2+ GHz processor or better.

Hard Drive

Your hard drive is the primary storage space in your computer. You should always have about 15 percent free space to ensure your system runs smoothly, in addition to spare space to store your work. SketchUp also requires that you have a minimum 500 megabytes (MB) free space for installation (minimum 400 MB for Mac users).


RAM stands for Random Access Memory. RAM is the memory your system uses to temporarily store data while it is working. If you don't have enough RAM, the SketchUp application will run noticeably slower than it should. Google recommends that you have minimum 2 gigabytes (GB) of RAM for both Windows and Mac users.

Video Card

Google SketchUp is heavy on the graphics, and requires a high quality video card to run efficiently. For Mac users, a 3D class Video Card with 128 MB of memory or higher is recommended. For Windows users, a 3D class Video Card with 512 MB of memory or higher is recommended. For both operating systems, the video card driver must support OpenGL version 1.5 or higher.