Alternatives to SketchUp for all platforms with any license

  • FreeCAD

    FreeCAD is a general purpose parametric 3D CAD modeler. The development is completely Open Source (LGPL License). FreeCAD is aimed directly at mechanical engineering and...

    • FreeCAD is a lot more difficult to use Guest • 15 days ago Disagree   Agree
    • I use both and they are not alternatives. Sktechup excels at drawing things realtime (to think in 3D). Freecad is cumbersome for that. Sketchup cannot do easily parametric modelling (with constraints, etc) or print blueprints. It only deals with triangles. Sketchup is easy to learn while Freecad has a steep learning curve. Guest • Oct 2020 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Not the same audience. Just try to build a pyramid with FreeCAD and you will understand how far it is from sketchup. Guest • Jan 2020 • 16 agrees and 7 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Love this software for 3d printing. Guest • Oct 2018 • 13 agrees and 9 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • FreeCAD is not nearly as simple to use. Guest • Jan 2016 • 19 agrees and 21 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • Blender

    Blender is the free and open-source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing...

    • Sketch up is sold on how easy it is to use. Blender is god level complex. Guest • Jul 2017 • 93 agrees and 25 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Good generic 3D modeller, but not as suited for quick space modelling. naught101Jul 2017 • 50 agrees and 7 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Blender is more geared toward 3D art like for gaming rather than structure modeling. Guest • Jul 2017 • 53 agrees and 17 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Sketch up is more geared for designing a table or a house. Blender seem more like creation a Pixar animated movie. Guest • Sep 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • SketchUp is really easy, and Blender is not. Guest • Oct 2017 • 13 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Blender is a graphic artist's tool. SketchUp is an architect's tool. SketchUp is very intuitive, but Blender is very complicated and not intuitive at all. Guest • Apr 2019 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's not easy enough as sketchup. It can be an alternative for 3dsmax and maya maybe. Guest • Oct 2017 • 10 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Another comment says Blender is "God level complex". I'm gonna get hate for saying this, but I think "hell-level complex" is more like it. I respect that it's an amazing and powerful (insular) community-driven project, but intuitive and inviting it is not. Thus the fork "B for Artists", which seems promising. ChangeMachineAug 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • Too complex. "3D for everyone" is Sketchup's tagline. Guest • Aug 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • Extremely complex. Not set up for cad. Guest • Feb 2019 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Blender is very complex and much harder to use than SketchUp Guest • Nov 2018 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's a powerful 3D modeling tool but somewhat harder to use than Sketchup. octave_clavetNov 2018 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Both make 3d models. That is the only thing they share in common Guest • Dec 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Take a look at archipack 2.0 for blender 2.8 Guest • Mar 2019 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • There is a steep learning curve to blender which can put those who are used to sketchup's simpler interface at a disadvantage. It's functionality is also for animation and 3d modeling, not exactly archeitechtual builds. Guest • Nov 2017 • 10 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Blender has more features than most other free and open source applications that I've seen. The fact that it has so many bundled capabilities is amazing. It's been used by itself to create feature-length movies! coralofOct 2018 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Not a quick structure-modelling program Guest • Sep 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Sketchup is ideal for quick and dirty space + structure modeling. Blender is an in-depth 3D modeling software, and it's not easy OR quick to use for that kind of task. Guest • Jan 2018 • 6 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Not the same target audience or purpose Guest • Feb 2018 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • SketchUp is used for quick, easy, and simple modelling of things like buildings, rooms, or general objects. Blender is used for general modelling for characters, objects, complex environments, and animation use. While Blender supports and trumps SketchUp's featureset, Blender is a completely different beast for untrained individuals due to Blender's dramatically increased flexibility. Guest • Apr 2018 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD ... Haiku Steam

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  • Sweet Home 3D

    Sweet Home 3D is a free interior design Java application that helps you draw the plan of your house, arrange furniture on it and visit the results in 3D.

    • Sketchup is far more generic and can be used for creating 3D printing models. Sweet Home 3D is a targeted application designed for laying out house designs. Guest • Jun 2016 • 38 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Its not general purpose, its to specific to be an alternative to virtually any other CAD program Guest • Dec 2019 • 7 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • If you are looking for something related to home design, SweetHome3D is an excellent solution. But it is not a general purpose cad suite. Guest • Jan 2017 • 25 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Not a general purpose CAD program Guest • Aug 2018 • 4 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Very easy to learn. Has a huge library of "furniture" and other assets developed and shared by users. Has 3D photo's and video virtual tours. May not be that great for detailed framing plans and elevations. Guest • Feb 2018 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Sketchup is a more generic 3D modeller. Sweet Home 3D is a tool for house and furniture designs. Guest • Mar 2017 • 8 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • SH3D is great for home projects but lacks a lot when compared to Sketchup. Simply don't share enough features to be comparable. Guest • Mar 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • one is a modeling software that alows to make anything from scratch the other(sweet home 3d) is specifically to make house and furniture arrangements and while it has some freedom, it is still limited to that idea Guest • Feb 2017 • 6 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Freemium Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web Solaris

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  • Autodesk AutoCAD

    Professional 2D and 3D CAD software with specialized tools for use across design and engineering disciplines.

    • If you're talking about Autodesk software the 3D software is Revit, which is amazing, but AutoCAD is much more suited to 2D modelling and doing 3D requires a larger time investment or understanding of procedural coding etc. As for Revit, it leaves Sketchup in the dust, but it's also very expensive(I didn't see it on the list even after scrolling down, hmm). Guest • Nov 2020 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac Windows Web Android iPhone ... iPad

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  • pCon.planner

    The professional furnishing 2D-/3D-tool for everybody: The pCon.planner is a cost-free application allowing you to comfortably and professionally create complex...

    • Beautifully designed interface, very intuitive, wide gallery of 3D objetcs to use, and free... What's not to like. Guest • May 2018 • 7 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Windows

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  • 123D

    Autodesk 123D is a suite of hobbyist CAD and modelling tools created by Autodesk. As well as the more basic drawing and modelling capabilities it also has assembly and...

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      Autodesk has discontinued their line of 123d apps.

    Free Personal Mac Windows iPad

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  • Sketcher 3D

    Sketcher3D is a 3D modeling, design, and fun physics sandbox. Create and manipulate 3D objects, plan out a space, or just build things up and smash them down! ...

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      No longer available on the Google Play Store, and the official site has not updated since 2012.
    • Because people on Android can use it Guest • Mar 2019 • 5 agrees and 7 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial Android

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SketchUp Comments

Comment by joshuapetersen
about SketchUp and Blender · Aug 2017 · Helpful Not helpful 4 Helpful Report as spam

I'm in a weird position on the alternatives here.

Initially, I agree with a lot of the comments on Blender that it and sketchup are in two VERY different categories of 3d development suite. Blender is the massive powerhouse for pros, sketchup is the 3d design equivilent of microsoft paint.

Comparing the two is like suggesting Photoshop as an alternative to MS Paint, the former just being too much of a skill level jump to be considered a viable alternative.

That said, there IS an addon (that includes instructions on how to install it) located here: .

It basically includes the core simple tools like those of sketchup into Blender, making Blender COMPLETELY capable of "stupid simple" 3d design like sketchup (and at a much lower pricetag... the addon is only about 20 bucks to extend an open source program as opposed to the $700-$900 price-tag necessary to do anything with sketchup commercially.)

WITH the addon, I'd say blender moves from not being an alternative to sketchup to being THE alternative to sketchup (and superior to sketchup at that, as you do still have access to all the more complex tools once you eventually need them.) In fact, I'd go so far to say that I prefer Blender with the addon over both sketchup AND over 3DstudioMax (with a few more addons), moving Blender to the top of the ease/capability charts for a 3D editor.


"moving Blender to the top of the ease/capability charts for a 3D editor."

Sorry, Blender's interface does not allow it to move to the top of any "ease of use" charts. It works great for some and is a botch-job for others.

They are indeed VERY different categories of 3D development tools. But not for the reason you mention. They are different because they address a different set of problems, not because one is simpler than the other. Of course, Blender allows you to define complex shadings, model smooth shapes, and render ultra-realistic scenes, which Sketchup can't.
But you don't need that at all when you are an architect, or when you need to design a technical part/assembly. What you need in this case is to efficently and accurately place the elements against each other, usually with some geometric constraints. For example, you must ensure that this specific point of this part is located exactly at the cross of this plane and this imaginary line, itself defined by those two points, etc... And you will also need to measure things all the time, eventually look things through a section cut, etc... And I know of no other tool that does it more efficiently than Sketchup.
I whish there was an open-source equivalent os Sketchup, but there actually isn't. Because, although I know Blender, I wouldn't use it to design a technical assembly.

Comment by SarvesvaraDasa
about SketchUp · Nov 2013 · Helpful Not helpful 2 Helpful Report as spam

It is no more 'google'...


Sketchup output formats

Comment by hugmyster
about SketchUp · Nov 2011 · Helpful Not helpful 2 Helpful Report as spam

Sketchup is very easy to use once you get the hang of it. Sometimes it's just a question of thinking outside the box! One problem is that I need to generate an ASE file and it only does SKP and KML formats. Is there either a converter or a similar program which will give ASE format?
Even better, one which will take SKP or KML input and save me redesigning my project!

Many thanks,


i tried downloading it...

Comment by jubjub99
about SketchUp · Sep 2012 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

The downloads successfull but It did not work on my tablet. I'm using android galaxy tab7", 4.0 ice cream sandwich.

[Edited by jubjub99, September 27]