How Do I Enable VRAY in SketchUp?

If you’re looking to take your SketchUp projects to the next level, enabling VRAY is a must. VRAY is a powerful rendering engine that can bring your designs to life with stunning realism. In this tutorial, we’ll walk through the steps to enable VRAY in SketchUp.

Step 1: Download and Install VRAY Plugin

To begin, you’ll need to download and install the VRAY plugin for SketchUp. Visit the official Chaos Group website and navigate to the downloads page.

Choose the version of VRAY that is compatible with your SketchUp version and operating system. Once downloaded, run the installer and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

Step 2: Accessing Plugins

After successfully installing VRAY, open SketchUp. To access the plugins menu, click on “Window” in the top navigation bar, then select “Extension Warehouse” from the dropdown menu. This will open a new window where you can find and manage all your installed plugins.

Step 3: Enabling VRAY

In the Extension Warehouse window, search for “VRAY” in the search bar located at the top right corner. Once you find it, click on it to select it. You will see an “Enable” button next to it – click on this button to enable VRAY in SketchUp.

Step 4: Restarting SketchUp

After enabling VRAY, it’s recommended to restart SketchUp for changes to take effect. Close all instances of SketchUp and reopen it again.

Step 5: Verifying VRAY Installation

To ensure that VRAY has been enabled successfully, go back to the plugins menu by clicking on “Window” in the top navigation bar and selecting “Extension Warehouse.” In the Extension Warehouse window, locate VRAY in the list of installed plugins.

If VRAY is listed, congratulations! You have successfully enabled VRAY in SketchUp.

Step 6: Exploring VRAY Features

Now that you have enabled VRAY, it’s time to explore its features and unleash your creativity. VRAY offers a wide range of settings and options for lighting, materials, textures, and more. Take some time to experiment with these features and see how they can enhance the visual quality of your SketchUp projects.


Enabling VRAY in SketchUp is a straightforward process that can greatly enhance the visual appeal of your designs. By following these simple steps, you can unlock the full potential of this powerful rendering engine.

So go ahead and dive into the world of photorealistic rendering with VRAY in SketchUp!