How Do I Open a TMP File in SketchUp?

Opening a TMP File in SketchUp

If you have ever come across a TMP file and wondered how to open it in SketchUp, you’re not alone. TMP files are temporary files that are created by various software programs, including SketchUp.

These files are typically generated for backup or temporary storage purposes and can be quite handy. In this article, we will explore the steps to open a TMP file in SketchUp.

What is a TMP File?
A TMP file, or temporary file, is a file that is created by software applications to temporarily store data. These files are usually generated when an application needs to store information temporarily while it is running or performing specific tasks. In the case of SketchUp, TMP files are created when you work on a model and save it.

Step 1: Locate the TMP File
The first step is to locate the TMP file that you want to open in SketchUp. Generally, these files are stored in a temporary folder on your computer. The location of this folder may vary depending on your operating system.

Step 2: Rename the File Extension
Once you have located the TMP file, the next step is to rename its file extension from .TMP to .SKP. The SKP extension is used by SketchUp for its project files.

To rename the file extension, right-click on the TMP file and select “Rename.” Replace “.TMP” with “.SKP” and press Enter.

A warning message might appear stating that changing the file extension may make it unusable. However, since we know that this particular TMP file was generated by SketchUp itself, we can safely proceed with changing its extension.

Note: It’s always a good practice to make a backup copy of the original TMP file before modifying its extension.

Step 3: Open the SKP File in SketchUp
Now that you have renamed the TMP file to SKP, you can open it in SketchUp. Launch SketchUp and go to “File” > “Open” or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+O (or Command+O on a Mac) to open the file browser.

Navigate to the location where you saved the renamed SKP file and select it. Click on the “Open” button, and SketchUp will load the file into its workspace.

And that’s it! You have successfully opened a TMP file in SketchUp by renaming it with the .SKP extension. Now you can continue working on your model or make any further modifications as needed.

  • Remember to save your work regularly while working with SketchUp so that you don’t lose any progress.
  • If you encounter any issues opening the TMP file, ensure that you have the latest version of SketchUp installed on your computer.
  • It’s also a good idea to check if there are any software updates available for SketchUp, as these updates often include bug fixes and improvements.


TMP files can be quite useful for temporary storage purposes in various software applications, including SketchUp. By following these simple steps, you can easily open a TMP file in SketchUp and continue working on your project without losing any progress.

Remember to locate the TMP file, rename its extension from .SKP, and then open it in SketchUp. Keep in mind that modifying file extensions should only be done when dealing with files generated by known software programs like SketchUp.

With these steps, you’ll be able to access your temporary files in SketchUp and harness their potential for enhancing your modeling experience.