SKP File Extension

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What is SKP file?

File with SKP extension contains 3D model or element of such model. This file format is native to SketchUP software tool. SKP is a proprietary binary format, and as such its documentation was never released to the public. However, SKP libraries are available to the public. Each model stored in SKP file holds information about:

  • Points,
  • Edges and edge effects,
  • Shading,
  • Textures.

SKP files can be used as file containers to store separate models as components of a larger project. SketchUP was developed by @Last Software in 2000. The company was then bought by Google in 2006. SketchUP was conceived as a general-purpose 3D modeling software application for commercial use, but it soon was embraced by professionals working in the fields of architecture, interior design, engineering, or game development. SKP models can be used by Google Earth application, thanks to Google engineers. Since 2012 SketchUP belongs to Trimble Inc. Various SketchUP editions include:

  • Pro – version for professional users that offers additional functions and plugins, including option to store projects in various 3D formats,
  • Shop – web-based version for creators of real-life projects,
  • Free – free web version available since the end of 2017; limited functionality,
  • Make – released in 2017 as a free desktop version.

SKP file stucture depends on what application was it generated with. Creating, viewing, and editing of SKP files is available through SketchUP C API library and tool called SketchUP Importer/Exporter. Files that contains backup copy of SKP project use the SKB extension. SketchUP developer also released a 3D project library Warehouse 3D, where users can share their designs.

Programs that support SKP file

Conversion of a SKP file

When you install one of the applications from the list of programs that you found here, you should be able to open or edit the file with the SKP extension without any issue. However, if you still have problems with this, you may use the option of SKP file conversion to a different format.

File Conversions from SKP extension to a different format
File conversions from other format to SKP file

We hope we helped you solve the problem with the SKP file. If you do not know where you can download the application from our list, click on the link (which is the name of the program) - you will find more information there on the location where to download the secure setup version of the required application.

What else may cause problems?

There can be more reasons which determine that you are not able to open the SKP file (apart from the lack of the proper application installed).

First - the SKP file may be incorrectly associated with the application installed to support it. In this case, you need to change this association by yourself. To do this, right-click on the SKP file that you want to edit, click "Open with" and then select the program from the list that you have installed. After this operation, the problems with opening the SKP file should be solved.

Second - the file you want to open can simply be damaged. Then, the best solution is to find a new version of given file, or download it again from the same source as before (maybe for some reason in the previous session the download of the SKP file has not been completed and it cannot be opened properly).

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