.SKP File Extension

.SKP File Extension

File Type

SketchUp Document

Developer Trimble
4.0  |  221 Votes
Category 3D Image Files
Format Binary

What is an SKP file?

An SKP file is a three-dimensional model created by SketchUp, an easy-to-use 3D design program. It contains a model that is comprised of wireframes, shades, edge effects, and textures. SKP files may also include components that can be inserted into other SketchUp documents.

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Screenshot of a .skp file in SketchUp Viewer
SKP file open in SketchUp Viewer

SketchUp is a 3D modeling program that is used primarily to produce architectural models. These models are saved as SKP files, also referred to as SketchUp documents. SKP files may also contain SketchUp components, such as a door, window, or beam, instead of a complete building. Storing these components in SKP files allows designers to easily import and reuse them in multiple designs.

The Windows version of SketchUp automatically creates backups of users' SKP files, which are saved as .SKB files. If you delete an SKP file or it becomes corrupted, you can restore the file using its SKB equivalent. The macOS version of SketchUp automatically saves SKP backups with the filename filename~.skp.

NOTE: While SketchUp is now owned by Trimble, it has previously been owned by Google and @Last Software. @Last Software released all versions of SketchUp up to version 5, and Google released version 6.

How do I open an SKP file?

You can open an SKP file in Trimble SketchUp (Windows, Mac) or Trimble SketchUp Viewer (Windows, Mac, iOS, Android). SketchUp allows you to view and edit the model an SKP file contains, while SketchUp Viewer only allows you to view the model.

SketchUp models can also be placed in Google Earth and shared using Trimble's online 3D Warehouse.

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Programs that open or reference SKP files

Updated June 2, 2021

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