V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp
V-Ray for SketchUp is a professional lighting and rendering tool for architects & designers.
V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp

Render high-resolution, photorealistic images directly in SketchUp. V-Ray 3.6 fully supports SketchUp 2018, it’s easy to use and easy to learn.

Key Features

  • 3 Rendering Modes - You can choose among GPU, CPU, or Hybrid Rendering mode depending on what best suits your project and hardware.
  • Interactive Rendering - Fine-tune lights and materials and see the results right away. New Viewport rendering now available.
  • Lights and Lighting - Render any type of natural or artificial lighting. Simulate realistic daylight for any time and any location. Quickly create realistic atmoshperic depth and haze.
  • Virtual Reality - Render VR-ready content for popular virtual reality headsets.
  • V-Ray Scene Import - Import and render V-Ray scenes (vrscene) from other applications, such as 3ds Max, Rhino and Revit.

Check out the full list of V-Ray for SketchUp features.

Free Trial

Download a free 30 day trial of V-Ray for SketchUp
Tech support is included.

Resources and Community

We have everything you need to get up and running with V-Ray for Sketchup:

  • Quick start video tutorials
  • Online help documentation
  • V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp Webinar
  • Chaos Group Blog

Need Support? Visit our FAQ section or get help in our Forum.


Not intuitive for new users, when I select the render button with out messing with any settings the quality is far below average. Disappointed.

its not supporting for 2016 version and no response from support team of chaos its not to the mark

Hoe is het mogelijk's picture

30 days free, then buy it for € 500!! I am retired, that's 2 weeks of my pension. Yes, I like to work with it! It is fast and easy in use. I hope you have a special edition for students and pensioners!

That is literally why you needed to save for retirement your entire life

I am not able to use the viewport render feature in the trial version. please help me fix this

when is the launching for the full version?

If you are a game freak as well as enjoyed to play plenty https://acmarket.org mounting, you should browse your preferred application.

where can I download vray for SU2016?

keep receiving this error message: Gui License . Cannot open. PLEASE HELP! thanks

Please check if your license has been activated at http://localhost:30304
If that does not help then contact support@chaosgroup.com

Yes its activated, however at a older account that I have. I don't know why it kept logged in, since I've uninstalled and did it all over again with a brand new account, but the server still shows my older account name, I believe, that is why I cannot use Vray . Don't know how to deleted it. Already sent an email to support, waiting for their answer.

To log off the old username click on the "Online Licensing" button, then select "Deactivate". Afterwards you can try to activate with the correct username.

Hicham J.'s picture

Can we have access to the 3D model shown on the demo ?
if so where can I find it ?

Please note that the 3D model is not publicly available

Le Corb's picture

It took a while but I got this working. Looks good. The animation is hard to get up to date information on.

It doesn't work on sketchup 2017, plis help!!!!!!!!!!

Hello, Luciana,

V-Ray 2.0 is currently not compatible with SketchUp 2017.
The upcoming V-Ray 3.4 for SketchUp, however, is compatible.
To give it a try, simply sign up for its public beta at https://www.chaosgroup.com/beta_forms/sketchup

Kind regards,
Peter Chaushev, QA

Does it work for sketchup 2017?? I install several times but it seems doesn't work. How can I install vray for version 2017? Many thanks.

Hello, Yanshang,

V-Ray 2.0 is currently not compatible with SketchUp 2017.
The upcoming V-Ray 3.4 for SketchUp will be fully compatible with SketchUp 2017.
You can give it a try by signing up for our public beta at https://www.chaosgroup.com/beta_forms/sketchup

Kind regards,
Peter Chaushev, QA

Rafi O's picture

Hi, encountered this message when trying to use the icons belong to Vray, after downloading the Beta version of vray 3 for Mac
"Failed to checkout V-Ray gui license"
Pls. Help

Hello, Rafi,

Could you please send an email with a description of your issue to support@chaosgroup.com ?

Kind regards,
Peter Chaushev, QA

I cannot get the Vray for sketchup demo to work at all. The installer just keeps prompting me to install the demo, but the demo never appears on my hard drive.

Is there a way around this?

Hello, Christina,
In order to help with your issue, please send us an email with detailed description to support@chaosgroup.com

Kind regards,
Peter Chaushev, QA

Im having exactly the same issue, i had installed the demo trial but I just cant locate it neither on sketchup or my programs list...

Hello, Omar,

To provide you with assistance, please send us an email at support@chaosgroup.com with a brief description of your problem.

Kind regards,
Peter Chaushev, QA

Hola! cómo puedo descargar el demo?
Hey" how can I download the demo version?

Guy E's picture

please can i get the price?

Chaos Group's picture

Hello Guy E,

You can get pricing information and find your local reseller from our website at https://www.chaosgroup.com/vray/sketchup#pricing.

Let us know if you have any other questions.

Best regards.

Ben C's picture

I've downloaded the beta installer, ran it, and nothing happens. Where do i find/use the extension?

Hello, Ben,
Please send us an email with detailed description of your issue to support@chaosgroup.com
We would require info such as your Operating System, version of SketchUp, and whether you can find V-Ray among the extensions list in SketchUp itself.

Kind regards,
Peter Chaushev, QA

smrithi v's picture

hi will this support 2016 version..

no i dont think so.. cause i tried it many times but not working

Sudeep Singh's picture

yeah it also support SU 2016

david B's picture


V-Ray does not support materials on dynamic components, and blocks SketchUp.

Because of this error, our Plugin Click-kitchen, can not operate with the presence of V-Ray.

This is a problem that must absolutely solve !

Many users need these two popular plugins, so it would be damaging not find the cause of the problem.

Thank you in advance for your analysis.


David Barros

Hola, tengo problemas al usar la extension.
Me he descargado el demo y lo he instalado perfectamente. El problema es que no me aparecen los comandos en sketchup para realizar el render. Que puedo hacer, no consigo encontrar ningun tutorial.


Eduardo G.'s picture

Buenas el presente es para solicitar informacion acerca de este error. Estoy cargando el vray para sketchup pro 2016 pero me sale esto

Error al cargar archivo vfs.rb
Error: #
C:/ProgramData/SketchUp/SketchUp 2016/SketchUp/Plugins/vfs.rb:92:in `ensure in '
C:/ProgramData/SketchUp/SketchUp 2016/SketchUp/Plugins/vfs.rb:92:in `'

Nitesh L's picture

even i am getting the same problem but i 2015
can please somebody resolve this error

Carlos M's picture

On the official site has a demo version compatible with SketchUp in 2015.
Use the make, free version without professional intent, but as self-taught learning in various 3D programs. Blender 2.74 is another that I know more. I found the facility to draw like in SketchUp. Very intuitive, easy.
If I am using Google translator, sorry errors. I did not the demo version is valid, or as the raylectron is limited.
I appreciate a brief answer.

Ana C's picture

hola. instale V-Ray en mi computadora y abro Sketch Up y no me permite modificar nada dice que no tiene licencia para manejarlo ya hice todo cuanto me ha dicho el manual.

Richard W's picture

As pessoas tem a mania de baixar programas sem ao menos ler um pouco a descrição deste programa. Tanta gente perguntando/reclamando que o vray é imcopatível com o sketup 2014. Antes de baixarem leiam as informações do programa.

"SketchUp Compatibility:
SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013"

Eugene J.'s picture

Cant install in Sketchup 2013 - “no plugin file found?'

Katherine S's picture

I am having the same trouble with Sketchup 2014.

Alyshaya2013®'s picture

Beautiful. But does anyone know where I can find a free rendering software that's about at this level? If not, I'll just try to enhance my bland sketchup renders on GIMP. EDIT: and no free version with watermarks or reduced quality, either. Those are IDIOTIC.

Pearl T's picture

Raylectron Render V3 works great, has a free version and is watermark free, but be sure to get V3 because V4 has a watermark.
Here's the link to download it. Good luck!

Lucia E's picture

Hola buanas!
Planteo una duda por si alguien pudiera contestarme:
Resulta que el vray para sketchup pro 2014 no me permite renderizar en una calidad alta, es decir, si yo por ejemplo quiero poner el tamaño 2048 x 1536 me renderiza siempre en el tamaño 533 x 400 cual puede ser el motivo?

Angel M's picture

Saludos Lucia, eso sucede cuando tienes la version de prueba.

Genesis C.'s picture

no es compatible con el sketchup 2014?

Yassir N.'s picture

when will it be available for sketchup 2014?? i noticed no one is responding to this question

José Armando P's picture

Como puedo conseguir el vray versión estudiantil para Mac....soy de Ecuador...y en la lista de países de chaos group, no consta Ecuador al momento de comprarlo...como puedo hacer....
Y me pueden indicar de que consta la versión estudiantil del vray para sketchup, espero me puedan responder. He enviado varios correos a varias empresas, incluso a chaos group y no me responden. Ojalá me puedan ayudar. Soy estudiante de Arquitectura de la Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja.
Saludos desde Loja-Ecuador

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