Where Are SketchUp Extensions Stored?

SketchUp is a powerful 3D modeling software that offers a wide range of functionalities. However, what truly sets SketchUp apart from other programs is its extensive library of extensions.

These extensions allow users to customize and enhance their SketchUp experience by adding new tools, features, and functionalities. But have you ever wondered where these SketchUp extensions are stored?

Understanding the Extension Manager

The Extension Manager in SketchUp is where all the magic happens. It’s the central hub where you can find, install, manage, and remove extensions. To access the Extension Manager, simply go to the “Window” menu and select “Extension Manager”.

When you open the Extension Manager, you’ll see a list of all the installed extensions on your computer. This list includes both the extensions that come pre-installed with SketchUp and any additional extensions you’ve installed yourself.

Default Location for SketchUp Extensions

By default, SketchUp stores its extensions in different locations depending on your operating system:

  • Windows: On Windows computers, SketchUp extensions are stored in the following location: C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Roaming\SketchUp\SketchUp\SketchUp\Plugins. Here, “YourUserName” should be replaced with your actual username and “” should be replaced with the version number of SketchUp you’re using.
  • Mac: On Mac computers, SketchUp extensions are stored in the following location: /Users/YourUserName/Library/Application Support/SketchUp/SketchUp/Plugins.

    As with Windows, replace “YourUserName” with your actual username and “” with your specific version number.

  • Linux: On Linux machines, SketchUp extensions are stored in the following location: /home/YourUserName/.SketchUp/SketchUp/Plugins. Replace “YourUserName” with your actual username and “” with the version number of SketchUp.

It’s important to note that these locations are the default locations for storing SketchUp extensions. However, you can change this location if you prefer to store your extensions elsewhere.

To do this, go to the “Window” menu, select “Extension Manager”, and click on the “Preferences” button. From there, you can specify a new location for your extensions.

Managing Your Extensions

The Extension Manager not only allows you to install and remove extensions but also provides additional management options. Here are some key features of the Extension Manager:

Installing Extensions

To install a new extension, simply click on the “Install Extension” button in the Extension Manager. Then, navigate to the location where you’ve downloaded the extension file (.rbz or .zip), select it, and click “Open”. The extension will be installed and appear in your list of installed extensions.

Removing Extensions

If you want to remove an extension from SketchUp, select the extension in the Extension Manager and click on the “Remove” button. You’ll be prompted to confirm the removal before it’s permanently deleted from your system.

Enabling or Disabling Extensions

In some cases, you may want to disable an extension temporarily without uninstalling it completely. In such situations, simply uncheck the box next to the extension’s name in the Extension Manager. This will disable the extension until you decide to re-enable it.

Updating Extensions

Extension developers often release updates to improve the functionality or fix bugs in their extensions. To check for updates, click on the “Check Extension Warehouse” button in the Extension Manager. If there are any available updates, you’ll be notified, and you can choose to update the extension.


SketchUp extensions are stored in specific locations on your computer, depending on your operating system. The Extension Manager is where you can find, install, manage, and remove extensions effortlessly. Understanding the default location and features of the Extension Manager will help you make the most out of SketchUp’s vast library of extensions.

Now that you know where SketchUp extensions are stored and how to manage them effectively, you can explore the wide variety of available extensions and take your SketchUp experience to new heights!