How Do I Export an OBJ File to SketchUp?

So you want to export an OBJ file to SketchUp? You’ve come to the right place!

In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the process step by step. Let’s get started!

What is an OBJ file?

An OBJ file is a 3D model format that stores information about the geometry of an object. It contains data such as vertex positions, texture coordinates, normals, and material information. OBJ files are widely used in the 3D modeling industry and can be created or exported from various software applications.

Why would you want to export an OBJ file to SketchUp?

SketchUp is a popular 3D modeling software known for its user-friendly interface and extensive library of pre-built 3D models. However, SketchUp doesn’t natively support the OBJ file format. So if you have an OBJ file that you want to use or modify in SketchUp, you’ll need to convert it into a compatible format first.

Step-by-step guide: Exporting an OBJ file to SketchUp

Step 1: Convert the OBJ file to a compatible format

The first step is to convert your OBJ file into a format that SketchUp can read. One common format that SketchUp supports is the COLLADA (.dae) format. There are several software applications available that can perform this conversion, such as Blender (free), Autodesk Maya, or even online converters.

  • Blender: If you don’t already have Blender installed on your computer, head over to and download it for free. Once installed, open Blender and import your OBJ file by going to File > Import > Wavefront (.obj).

    After importing, you can export the model as a COLLADA file by going to File > Export > Collada (.dae).

  • Autodesk Maya: If you have access to Autodesk Maya, you can import your OBJ file by going to File > Import. Once imported, you can export the model as a COLLADA file by going to File > Export All, and then selecting the COLLADA format.
  • Online converters: If you prefer not to install any software, there are online converters available that can convert your OBJ file to COLLADA. Simply search for “OBJ to COLLADA converter” in your favorite search engine, and you’ll find several options.

Step 2: Import the converted file into SketchUp

Now that you have your OBJ file converted to a compatible format (COLLADA), it’s time to import it into SketchUp. Follow these steps:

  1. Launch SketchUp: If you don’t have SketchUp installed on your computer, visit, download and install it.
  2. Select File > Import: In the SketchUp menu, go to File > Import.
  3. Select the COLLADA file: In the Import dialog box, navigate to the location where you saved your converted COLLADA file. Select it and click on “Import”.
  4. Edit and modify: Once imported, your 3D model will appear in SketchUp. You can now edit, modify, or apply materials to it using the various tools and features provided by SketchUp.
  5. Save your SketchUp file: After making any necessary changes, don’t forget to save your SketchUp file for future use.


Congratulations! You’ve successfully exported an OBJ file to SketchUp.

It may seem like a complex process at first, but with the right tools and knowledge, it becomes much simpler. Now you can take full advantage of SketchUp’s powerful features and create amazing 3D models using your converted OBJ files.

Remember, this tutorial focused on converting OBJ files to COLLADA format to import them into SketchUp. However, there are other formats supported by SketchUp as well. If you have a different file format that you’d like to import into SketchUp, make sure to convert it into a compatible format before proceeding with the import process.

We hope this tutorial was helpful in guiding you through the process of exporting an OBJ file to SketchUp. Happy modeling!