Open Source SketchUp Alternatives

    The best open source alternative to SketchUp is FreeCAD, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to SketchUp and 19 is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to SketchUp are Blender (Free, Open Source), Sweet Home 3D (Freemium, Open Source), Wings 3D (Free, Open Source) and MakeHuman (Free, Open Source).

    The list of alternatives was last updated Nov 24, 2020

    Platforms

    • Windows
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • Online
    • iPad
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • PortableApps.com
    • Steam
    • Blender
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    • Windows Phone
    • BSD
    • Windows S
    • WebGL
    • Unity
    • Haiku
    • Figma

    Features

    • 3D modelling
    • Rendering
    • Interior Design
    • Parametric Modeling
    • Animation
    • Bim
    • 3D design
    • 3D Sculpting
    • 3d printing
    • Floor Plan
    • Texturing
    • Drawing 2D
    • 3d renderer
    • Cabinet design
    • 3d animation
    • Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM)
    • HD-Rendering
    • Keyframe animation
    • Mechanical Design
    • DWG support

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    • FreeCAD is a general purpose parametric 3D CAD modeler. The development is completely Open Source (LGPL License). View 92 alternatives to FreeCAD
      Most users think FreeCAD is a great alternative to SketchUp.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      FreeCAD vs SketchUp
      pros, cons and recent comments
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      FreeCAD is a rich program for mechanical components or structures. There is more of a learning curve than Sketchup but can create professional drawings, analysis, simulation, assemblies, and more.
      Top positive comment  6 months ago

      1
      Love this software for 3d printing.
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

      5
      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.
      Top negative comment  8 months ago

      4
      FreeCAD is a lot more difficult to use
      Negative comment 7 months ago

      1
      You can't go in and draw parts as like Sketchup - not at all the same.
      Negative comment 12 months ago

      0
      Sketchup is not a CAD software
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

      0
      Not the same audience. Just try to build a pyramid with FreeCAD and you will understand how far it is from sketchup.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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    • Blender is the free and open-source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing, video editing, and motion tracking. View 142 alternatives to Blender
      This alternative is disputed. Blender is still a legitimate alternative to SketchUp, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • PortableApps.com
      • Haiku
      • Steam
      Blender vs SketchUp
      pros, cons and recent comments
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      naught101 Good generic 3D modeller, but not as suited for quick space modelling.
      Top positive comment  almost 4 years ago

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      octave_clavet It's a powerful 3D modeling tool but somewhat harder to use than Sketchup.
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

      3
      Sketch up is sold on how easy it is to use. Blender is god level complex.
      Top negative comment  almost 4 years ago

      71
      aronkvh It's a bit complicated but way more powerful booleans, arrays. You can draw shapes just like in SU. Get comfortable with the snapping system. Try measureit-arch , archipack, cad-transform free addons for a similar experience. There is also construction lines for like 10USD which adds the ability to draw lines and rectangles.
      Positive comment 2 months ago

      0
      Sketch up is more geared for designing a table or a house. Blender seem more like creation a Pixar animated movie.
      Negative comment 10 months ago

      0
      ChangeMachine 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.
      Negative comment almost 2 years ago

      0
      Too complex. "3D for everyone" is Sketchup's tagline.
      Negative comment almost 2 years ago

      0
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    • 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. View 57 alternatives to Sweet Home 3D
      Some users think Sweet Home 3D is a great alternative to SketchUp, some don't.
      • FreemiumOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Solaris
      Sweet Home 3D vs SketchUp
      pros, cons and recent comments
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      If you are looking for something related to home design, SweetHome3D is an excellent solution. But it is not a general purpose cad suite.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      22
      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.
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

      0
      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.
      Top negative comment  almost 5 years ago

      33
      Its not general purpose, its to specific to be an alternative to virtually any other CAD program
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

      6
      Not a general purpose CAD program
      Negative comment almost 3 years ago

      2
      SH3D is great for home projects but lacks a lot when compared to Sketchup. Simply don't share enough features to be comparable.
      Negative comment about 3 years ago

      1
      Sketchup is a more generic 3D modeller. Sweet Home 3D is a tool for house and furniture designs.
      Negative comment about 4 years ago

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    • Wings 3D is a subdivision modeler inspired by Nendo and Mirai from Izware. View 56 alternatives to Wings 3D
      Most users think Wings 3D is a great alternative to SketchUp.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
    • MakeHuman is an interactive modelling tool for creating realistic 3D human characters. These models can be exported to several computer graphics and animation platforms including Blender, Unity 3D, Unreal Engine, OpenSim and Second Life. View 44 alternatives to MakeHuman
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux


    • Open source 3D geometry modeling system with a robust feature set developed over 20 years. View 65 alternatives to BRL-CAD
      Most users think BRL-CAD is a great alternative to SketchUp.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      BRL-CAD vs SketchUp
      pros, cons and recent comments
      The manner in which you draw a shape, enter dimensions, and push/pull a flat plane shape are the most similar to the SketchUp workflow of any 3D/CAD program I have used.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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    • GLC_Player is a software used to view 3D models (COLLADA 3DXML OBJ 3DS STL OFF and COFF format are supported) and to navigate easily in these models. View 26 alternatives to GLC_Player
      No screenshots yet
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
    • K-3D is free-as-in-freedom 3D modeling and animation software. View 53 alternatives to K-3D

      Discontinued

      According to the official website k-3d.org :
      The latest "source code" release is from November 2015. And the latest binary executable release is even older. According to its Sourceforge page ( https://sourceforge.net/projects/k3d/files/K-3D Win32 Binaries/ ), latest release is from june 2010.

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • PortableApps.com
    • SALOME is an open-source software that provides a generic Pre- and Post-Processing platform for numerical simulation. View 22 alternatives to SALOME
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Linux
      SALOME vs SketchUp
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Salome is only a numerical simulation viewer.
      Negative comment 3 months ago

      0
    • Sverchok is a parametric tool for architects and designers. You can use it to program objects' shapes without knowing any programming languages. View 7 alternatives to Sverchok
      No screenshots yet
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Blender
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