How Do I Export a SketchUp File?

In this tutorial, we will explore how to export a SketchUp file in various formats. SketchUp is a popular 3D modeling software that allows you to create and manipulate 3D models with ease. Whether you want to share your model with others or use it in another software, exporting it is an essential step.

Exporting a SketchUp File:

To export a SketchUp file, follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Open your SketchUp model

First, launch SketchUp and open the model you want to export. Make sure you have saved your model before proceeding.

Step 2: Go to the File menu

Click on the File menu located at the top-left corner of the SketchUp interface.

Step 3: Choose “Export” option

In the File menu, scroll down and select the “Export” option. This will open up a submenu with various export formats to choose from.

Step 4: Select desired export format

In the “Export” submenu, choose the format that best suits your needs. SketchUp offers several formats for exporting, including:

  • .SKP (SketchUp): This is the native file format of SketchUp.
  • .DWG (AutoCAD Drawing): This format is widely used in architectural and engineering applications.DXF (Drawing Exchange Format): Another popular format for exchanging drawings between different CAD software.STL (Stereolithography): Commonly used for 3D printing.OBJ (Wavefront Object): A widely supported file format for exchanging 3D models.

Choose the format that is compatible with the software or purpose you have in mind for your exported model.

Step 5: Specify export settings

After selecting the export format, you may need to specify additional settings depending on the chosen format. For example, when exporting to DWG or DXF, you can choose the version of AutoCAD compatibility and adjust other options. Take some time to review and adjust these settings if necessary.

Step 6: Choose a destination folder

Once you have specified the export settings, click on the “Export” button. This will prompt you to choose a destination folder where the exported file will be saved. Browse to your desired location and click “Save”.

Step 7: Confirm export success

If everything goes smoothly, SketchUp will display a confirmation message stating that the export was successful. Click “OK” to close this message.

Congratulations! You have successfully exported your SketchUp file!

You can now use your exported file in other software applications or share it with others who do not have SketchUp installed.


  • If your model contains textures or materials, make sure to include them when exporting to formats like OBJ or STL.
  • Some export formats may not support certain features of your SketchUp model, so it’s always a good idea to check compatibility before exporting.

Now that you know how to export a SketchUp file, you can easily share your 3D models with others or use them in different software applications. Happy modeling!