Thea Render for SketchUp
Thea Render is a physically-based photorealistic renderer of high quality.
Thea Render for SketchUp

Thea for SketchUp is a combination of powerful rendering engines of Thea with the simplicity of SketchUp. Having biased, unbiased and interactive render modes (including GPU support) at your fingertips, inside SketchUp, is an joyful experience. The plugin lets you enrich your models with highly detailed three dimensional content, breaking old limitations related to handled model complexity.

Thea Render comes not only integrated but also with its own standalone application (Studio) with various tools, material editor and advanced staging operations.

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José E's picture

I'm trying Thea for SketchUp Demo Version on macOs Sierra and everytime I try to edit a material via double clicking on the object, SketchUp freezes and I have to force quit SketchUp.

I’ve uninstalled Thea and installed again with no success, don’t know what else I could do…


Edit: Forgot to say that I'm running sketchUp 2017 without any added extensions, just clean install.

We purchased software SU 2015 + Render Thea Thea v1.4 + plugin Thea for Sketchup
We will work this plugin Thea for Sketchup work in SU 2017?
Thank you for answer.

Ioannis P.'s picture

You have a license of Thea for SketchUp that grants you all updates so far, including the latest ones that support also SU 2017.

Basically, just download the latest version of the integration and you are good to go on both SU 2015 and 2017. ;)

Click the link below, scroll to the Downloads section, download the Windows or OSX version:

Best regards

nekopantsu's picture


I tried the demo, but after opening each Thea window I was not able to close them without quitting SU. I have a lot of plugins, and have seen this before with another rendering plugin (Twilight). In that case, after much trial and error, the culprit was revealed to be the Make Fur plugin. But I don't have it installed now, so no idea how to proceed.

The render quality is excellent, though!


How did you actually get the demo Thea to work on sketch up? I am trying to activate it but have not received a license key so it won't appear in the extensions preferences


Sean P's picture


Did you ever figure this out? I'm having the same issue.

Solid Iris Technologies's picture

On Mac there is a conflict with several other plugins. This is a generic issue. We were working together to fix this. Unfortunately for the time being few plugis make Thea user interface not refreshing correctly on Mac. Most of them are renderers.

Myles M.'s picture

What is the price for the SU 2016 version? As a retired and casual SU user, extension prices are important. I wish they were listed in the description page.

Ioannis P.'s picture

The price is not listed because it varies with license type, customer location and some other factors. The product is directly available from Thea Render site e-shop, here is a quick link where you can see all license types and current (net) prices:

Note, the standard commercial license (Thea for SketchUp) is a perpetual license, covers all versions of SketchUp, on both operating systems (Windows/MacOSX) and comes bundled with Thea Studio & 2 nodes (for network rendering).

Andy M's picture

I’m not having any success with the lighting component of this. I’m trying to use this for interiors, but the lights seem horribly weak and aren’t illuminating anything, no matter how much I boost the power. I can see a white spot at the point of the light source but that’s it. That’s a problem, too because I want to see the room being illuminated but not the source of the light.I’d buy this if the lighting aspect would actually work. Am I doing something wrong?

Ioannis P.'s picture

Hello and thank you for the feedback. Brightness of the image is being controlled the same way as in digital cameras using ISO, Exposure and f-number. Perhaps this document is helpful here as it explains everything in detail:

For any questions, you can contact us directly (email/forum/phone), please check our website for contact details.

Steve W's picture

Tried the demo without success. Doesn’t appear to be available for sale in the US.

Ioannis P.'s picture

For any questions on the plugin usage, you can contact us directly (email/forum/phone), please check our website for contact details.

Please check also our reseller list, since there exist resellers at US: