The File Extensions Database

.SKP File Extension

  • Developer by: Trimble
  • Category: 3D Image Files
  • Format: Binary

What is an .SKP file?

.SKP is SketchUp Document

An SKP file is a three-dimensional model created by SketchUp software, an easy-to-use 3D design program. It contains a model which includes wireframes, shades, edge effects, and textures. SKP files may also store components that can be inserted into your document.

SKP file open in SketchUp Viewer

The SKP file is the main file type used by SketchUp that allows conceptual designs to be created, viewed, and shared quickly and easily. When you create a new document and save it in SketchUp the SKP file is created to store the document and its contents. SKP files can also be used to store SketchUp components, which are objects, such as a door or window, that you can reuse to save time. Components may be made by you or another user and can be imported into an SKP document to be inserted into your model.

SketchUp also allows you to save your document for archiving purposes. If you want to backup your SKP document you can save it as an .SKB backup file.

SketchUp was originally developed by @Last Software, but was bought by Google in 2006. SketchUp 5 was the last version released by @Last. Version 6 was developed by Google but it is now owned by Trimble. SketchUp models created with SketchUp can be placed within Google Earth or shared using the 3D Warehouse feature.

Programs that open SketchUp Document
Trimble SketchUp
Trimble SketchUp Viewer
Trimble SketchUp
Trimble SketchUp Viewer
IMSI TurboCAD Deluxe
Trimble 3D Warehouse

How to solve problems with SKP files

  • Associate the SKP file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any SKP file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.SKP files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the SKP file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .SKP is SketchUp Document. Because only the current version supports the latest SKP file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the Trimble manufacturer website after an available .SKP is SketchUp Document update.
  • To make sure that your SKP file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.