How Do I Enable v-Ray in SketchUp Mac?

Are you a SketchUp Mac user who wants to take your renders to the next level? Look no further than v-Ray, the powerful rendering engine that can transform your SketchUp models into stunning visualizations. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps to enable v-Ray in SketchUp Mac.

Step 1: Download and Install v-Ray

Before you can enable v-Ray in SketchUp Mac, you need to download and install the v-Ray plugin.

  1. Visit the official Chaos Group website to download the latest version of v-Ray for SketchUp Mac.
  2. Once the download is complete, locate the installer file and double-click on it to begin the installation process.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to install v-Ray on your Mac.

Step 2: Launch SketchUp

After installing v-Ray, you can proceed to launch SketchUp and enable the plugin.

  • Locate the SketchUp application icon in your Applications folder or on your desktop and double-click on it to launch the program.
  • If this is your first time using SketchUp after installing v-Ray, you may see a prompt asking whether you want to enable or disable extensions. Make sure to select “Enable Extensions” to allow v-Ray to load properly.

Step 3: Enable v-Ray Extension

To enable v-Ray in SketchUp Mac, follow these simple steps:

  1. In SketchUp, go to the “Extensions” menu at the top of the window. Click on it and navigate to “Extension Manager”.
  2. A new window will appear, showing a list of all the installed extensions.

    Look for “v-Ray for SketchUp” in the list.

  3. Make sure the checkbox next to “v-Ray for SketchUp” is checked. This indicates that the extension is enabled.

Step 4: Restart SketchUp

After enabling v-Ray, it’s essential to restart SketchUp for the changes to take effect.

  • Close SketchUp by clicking on the “SketchUp” menu and selecting “Quit SketchUp”.
  • Once SketchUp is closed, launch it again to start a fresh session with v-Ray enabled.

Step 5: Verify v-Ray Installation

To verify that v-Ray is successfully enabled in SketchUp Mac, follow these steps:

  1. In SketchUp, go to the “Extensions” menu again and select “v-Ray for SketchUp”.
  2. If v-Ray is properly installed and enabled, you should see a sub-menu with various options and settings related to v-Ray.


You have successfully enabled v-Ray in SketchUp Mac.

Now you can explore the powerful features of v-Ray and start creating stunning renders of your SketchUp models. Experiment with different materials, lighting setups, and camera angles to achieve the desired visual effects. With v-Ray’s advanced rendering capabilities, your designs will truly come to life!

Remember to regularly check for updates from Chaos Group to ensure you have the latest version of v-Ray installed on your Mac. Happy rendering!