How Do I Add KeyShot Extensions to SketchUp?

KeyShot is a powerful rendering software that can take your SketchUp models to the next level. With the help of KeyShot extensions, you can unlock even more features and functionality within SketchUp. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of adding KeyShot extensions to SketchUp.

Before we begin, make sure you have KeyShot installed on your computer. If you don’t have it yet, head over to the KeyShot website and download the latest version.

Step 1: Open SketchUp

To add KeyShot extensions to SketchUp, you first need to open SketchUp on your computer. Launch the application by double-clicking on its icon or searching for it in your applications folder.

Step 2: Access Extension Warehouse

In SketchUp, go to the “Window” menu and select “Extension Warehouse.” This will open up the Extension Warehouse dialog box where you can browse and download various extensions for SketchUp.

Step 3: Search for KeyShot Extensions

In the Extension Warehouse dialog box, use the search bar to find KeyShot extensions. Type “KeyShot” in the search field and press Enter. A list of available KeyShot extensions will be displayed.


If you haven’t signed in with your Trimble ID, you may be prompted to do so before accessing the Extension Warehouse.

Step 4: Choose an Extension

Browse through the list of available KeyShot extensions and choose one that suits your needs. Read the description and reviews to get a better understanding of what each extension offers.

  • Bold Text: The description and reviews section provide valuable insights into each extension’s features and user experience.
  • Underline Text: Pay attention to the ratings and feedback left by other users to gauge the extension’s reliability and usefulness.

Step 5: Install the Extension

Once you have selected the KeyShot extension you want to add to SketchUp, click on the “Install” button next to it. SketchUp will start downloading and installing the extension automatically.

Step 6: Restart SketchUp

After the installation process is complete, it is recommended to restart SketchUp. This ensures that the newly installed KeyShot extension is properly loaded and ready for use.

Step 7: Access KeyShot Extension

Once SketchUp has restarted, go to the “Extensions” menu and look for the newly installed KeyShot extension. Depending on the extension, you may find it under a specific sub-menu or directly in the main Extensions menu.


If you can’t find the KeyShot extension in SketchUp after restarting, go to “Window” > “Extension Manager” and make sure it is enabled. If not, enable it manually.

Step 8: Explore and Use

Congratulations! You have successfully added a KeyShot extension to SketchUp.

Now it’s time to explore its features and use them in your projects. Each KeyShot extension will have its own set of tools and options that can enhance your rendering workflow within SketchUp.

Bold Text: Take your time to familiarize yourself with the new tools and experiment with different settings.

Underline Text: Don’t hesitate to refer to documentation or online tutorials specific to the KeyShot extension you installed.

Adding KeyShot extensions to SketchUp opens up a world of possibilities for creating stunning visuals. Whether you are an architect, product designer, or hobbyist, these extensions can greatly enhance your workflow and help you achieve professional-level renders with ease.

Remember to regularly check for updates for both SketchUp and your installed KeyShot extensions to stay up-to-date with the latest features and improvements.

Bold Text: Happy rendering!