Free Sketchup plugins for download

Sketchup is, by far, the easiest tool for modeling. Google acquired this software in order to crowd-source the 3D modeling of the earth, since anyone can use it to model their house, school or favourite building. But being simple and fast doesn’t mean it lacks on features.

You can enable several options available on the free standard version, or go pro for more. Also, you can extend it via plugins. Below, two plugins I have found very useful, and also available for free.

The first one is Soap Skin & Bubbles, a plugin designed by german engineer Josef Leibinger, designed to help you in the study of mechanically and pneumatically strained surfaces. The author has also been developing a plugin for tensile structures, but it hasn’t been released yet. But you can still play around with tensile structures on this plugin. You can download Soap Skin & Bubbles for free on their website, and also watch a video tutorial on The Sketchup Show.

The second plugin was developed by Integrated Enviromental Solutions, which lets you assign important sustainable design information like location, building and room type, construction types and HVAC systems to your model. From there you can do energy, carbon, daylight and solar analysis, or take this model with all this info to your favourite BIM software. It also allows you to  More info and download a the IES Sketchup plugin website. Complete video tutorial on YouTube.

Two very helpful tools for your design pocess, with the ease of use of Sketchup.

Please share with us any other Sketchup plugins you find useful on the comments below.

Cite: Basulto, David. "Free Sketchup plugins for download" 01 Oct 2008. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <>
  • Peter

    Nice plugins. Too bad the Soap Skin & Bubbles plugin only works with the pro version, but I’m sure going to try the IES one.

    One more plugin I like, which is not free, but they have a free trial, is IRenders plugin. It allows you to very easily and quickly add lights and materials to the scene and render it. No need to export to other applications.

    • aldo


  • studio

    good plugin, it let sketch up program getting more flexible in terms of modeling

  • Abdelatif

    Soap Skin & Bubbles is a realy nice video and plugin thanks…!

  • GohCH

    I’d like to introduce 1001bit tools
    Which is a collection of plugins dedicated for architectural works.
    1001bit tools are sharewares with 30 day free trial.
    Free license for students and academic use.
    Thanks & cheers!

    • zaqwanandy

      how do i get the free license for 1001bits for student as i am a student? do you know where can i get the free download?

  • sivamani

    good plugin, it let sketch up program getting more flexible in terms of modeling

  • Billy

    Soap skin and bubbles worked just fine on my non-pro version of sketchup 6. Also, I must rercommend the sketchyphysics plugin.

  • andy

    i need so much

  • Mark V

    Kerkythea is a free render program for pc ,mac, and linux versions with quite nice results.

    • Eric

      Kerkythea is AWESOME and FREE.
      I found that getting a little familiar with the materiel editor is required, but the result speak for themselves!

    • serene

      i tried kerkythea lots of time for rendering my sketchup model.. but i cant even view properly in the screen.. wenever i load some model in kerkythea i dont knw wer it goes in the black screen..i feed up with this software.. can u pls guide me..

      • Hardy Pike

        no, but kerkythea forum pages can. kerky is top of the line among free rendering software. however, the ancient RTFM rule applies… ;)



    • briwantio


  • Theodore

    Is it really free. I can not find the download links!!!!

  • charlie balbuena

    it is beautifull

  • Christine

    I saw it mentioned before, but I too use the Kerkythea plugin- a rendering program that allows you to import a scene from Sketchup. you then can change how your image will look using Kerkythea’s settings. For example, the glass material from Sketchup can be altered in Kerkythea to look transparent, diffused, gold-tinted, hard light, opaque, etc.

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  • A. Nonnie Moose

    I went on the website for the SS&B plugin, downloaded the .zip file… but, when I tried to open it, it said that the file is invalid or corrupted.

    Any fixable reasons for that, or am I screwed?

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  • Albert D Hart

    We have created a new, free Plugin for SketchUp called RpImageMaker. We would appreciate if you could mention it in your newsletters or Blogs.

    Here is the page describing it:



    • Albert D Hart

      Actually the name of te Plugin is RpImageFilters



  • spider

    i neeeeeeeeeeeeed this

  • bbuter

    thx. this awesome

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  • louie

    thanks for all the information

  • nasrin


    please tell me where can i download the plugin?