How Do I Add an Animator to SketchUp?

Are you looking to add an animator to your SketchUp models? Well, you’ve come to the right place!

In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps of adding an animator to SketchUp using HTML. So, let’s dive in!

Step 1: Installing the Animator Extension

The first thing you need to do is install the animator extension for SketchUp. To do this, follow these simple steps:

  1. Open SketchUp – Launch SketchUp on your computer.
  2. Navigate to the Extension Warehouse – Go to the Extensions tab and click on ‘Extension Warehouse’.
  3. Search for the Animator Extension – In the search bar, type ‘animator’ and hit enter. Look for the ‘Animator’ extension in the search results.
  4. Click Install – Once you’ve found the Animator extension, click on ‘Install’ to proceed with the installation.
  5. Restart SketchUp – After installation is complete, restart SketchUp for the changes to take effect.

Step 2: Using the Animator Extension

Now that you have successfully installed the Animator extension, let’s learn how to use it:

Create Keyframes

In order to animate your model, you need to create keyframes. Keyframes are frames that define different positions or states of your model at specific points in time.

  1. Select an Object – Choose an object in your SketchUp model that you want to animate.
  2. Create a Keyframe – Go to the Animator toolbar and click on the ‘Create Keyframe’ button. This will create a new keyframe at the current position of your object.
  3. Move the Object – Move, rotate, or resize your object to a new position in your model.
  4. Create Another Keyframe – Once you have adjusted the position of your object, click on the ‘Create Keyframe’ button again to create another keyframe at the new position.
  5. Repeat as Needed – Repeat steps 3 and 4 to create additional keyframes for different positions or states of your object.

Play and Preview Animation

After creating keyframes, you can play and preview your animation:

  1. Navigate to Animator Toolbar – Go to the Animator toolbar and click on the ‘Play’ button.
  2. Adjust Animation Speed – Use the speed slider in the toolbar to adjust the animation speed according to your preference.
  3. Preview Animation – Click on ‘Play’ again to preview your animation in SketchUp’s viewport.


Congratulations! You have successfully added an animator to SketchUp using HTML.

Now you can bring life to your models by creating stunning animations. Remember, practice makes perfect, so don’t hesitate to experiment with different settings and techniques. Happy animating!

I hope this tutorial was helpful. If you have any questions or need further assistance, feel free to leave a comment below. Good luck with your SketchUp animations!