Install Google SketchUp Make 2014 in Ubuntu 14.04

Install Google Sketchup Ubuntu 14.04

I’ve posted a tutorial about how to install Google SketchUp 2013 in Ubuntu 13.04, but it seems to be outdated. So I decide to write this how-to and hope it will help those who are trying to get Google SketchUp Make 2014 working in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS through wine.

First of all, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, run the commands below one by one to install the latest development Wine 1.7 from its PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install wine1.7

Once wine is installed, config it by running:


In “Wine Configuration” window, you may:

  • Change Windows Version to Windows 7 in the bottom of the Applications tab.
  • Under Libraries tab, select ‘Riched20’ library from the drop-down list and add it

Now download the Windows package of SketchUp EXE from the official link below:

[ac-button size=”large” color=”blue” url=”” target=”_blank”]Download Google SketchUp[/ac-button]

Right-click on the EXE and select open it via Wine:

Follow the install wizard and finally you’ll get SketchUp installed with shortcut icons on your desktop.


1. On my 64 bit Ubuntu 14.04, SketchUp 2014 hangs after choosing a template. This has been reported as a bug and seemed to be fixed in Wine 1.7.19. However, I still get this error.

The workaround is disable Ruby API by launching SketchUp via:

wine "C:\Program Files (x86)\SketchUp\SketchUp 2014\SketchUp.exe" "/DisableRubyAPI"

Or, in the Properties window of the desktop shortcut, add /DisableRubyAPI to the end of command area:

2. If sketch up doesn’t work because of a problem with a graphics card

1. Run below command to bring up Registry Editor:

wine regedit

2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Google -> SketchUp version -> GLConfig -> Display

3. Change the value of HW_OK to 1 (so that it shows up as 0×00000001 (1)