Google SketchUp is a very popular,CAD style appliction.It is free but only Windows and Mac packages provided.This simple tutorial shows how to install Google SketchUp using Wine for Ubuntu user.

1.First of all,install wine or upgrade you wine to the latest version.It is best to have at least 1.1.11 of wine.
open up a terminal window and run following command to install wine from PPA:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install wine

2.Go to Applications->Wine->Configure Wine.In Application tab,set the default Windows to XP

3.Now,download SketchUp from:
Right-click on the package,and choose “Open with Wine Windows Program Loader”.Simply follow the prompts,accept all default settings, and it should install no problem at all.

4.Finally,SketchUp need some Windows files,and we can install them using winetricks.

download winetricks with following command:


then install the Windows files:

sh winetricks corefonts vcrun6 vcrun2005

Now,click Applications -> Wine ->Programs -> Google SketchUp 7 -> Google SketchUp and SketchUp will load.

1.The installer put two links on the desktop,you can delete them because those are for Windows.
2.You should make sure you have nVidia drivers installed,the Wine homepage says:‘you probably need nvidia’s proprietary graphics driver.The open-source nv driver isn’t good enough yet’.