Extensions wiped out by Pro 2022 upgrade

I just installed Pro 2022, and discovered all my extensions, I had spent the past year installing, were gone. I notice this was an unresolved discussion a while back, which involved Windows 10. I am now on Windows 11 (and not one bit happy about it). Does anyone have a clue, or do I just start over installing what was deleted?
I would also like to mention that, while I have not spent much time with the new upgrade yet, so far I can see no meaningful change over Pro 2021.

Nothing was deleted, your extensions are still installed in SketchUp 21, SketchUp version install separately on your computer. Extension do not transfer between versions of SketchUp, they will need to be installed again into 2022. If you got them from Sketucation you can reinstall your last bundle as a batch using the Sketchucation extension. If you got them from the extension warehouse login through SketchUp and you can see a list of all your previously installed extensions under your personal Icon in the upper right> My Downloads . Click on each one to be taken to its page for reinstalling it into 2022.

Here are some of the changes from the 2021 version:

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Thank you for the response. I must say, I was astounded to load a model with 2021, and everything was there. Maybe someday Trimble will figure out how either enable an easy transfer of extensions, or simply update the current application. I’ve been using software since 89, and this is a new one on me.

Sketchup has an open API which allows anyone the ability to write Extensions for it. These extensions are many and varied and their authors are also many and varied, not to mention their quality, age and current update status or even if they are still being supported. These extensions can come from anywhere and are not all ‘managed’ by Sketchup.
This is a huge bonus to us the user as we can pick and choose what we want to install and not have to suffer through the many overwhelming tools and possibilities presented by some other software.
The downside of that is we need to manage them for ourselves. The Sketchucation store, has a system to help, the E Warehouse did have one and I am sure they are working on one. But still the many Extensions that come from outside those two main collections need to be dealt with individually.
It is actually possible to simply copy the Plugin folder from one version to another, but this will most likely leave you chasing load errors and license issues, not to mention some extensions get installed elsewhere or need to be installed so that they get into the registry. And other things I can’t be bothered typing.
A new install of Sketchup is a great time to do some housekeeping and only install what you really need, this will help speed up your load time too.
I thank god that each new version installs separately, it allows you to continue using your current version for work while trying out the new version to make sure it is compatible with your system. It also means extensions that for some reason don’t work in the new version can still be used in the old one. I often use an old version for rendering while continuing to model in a newer version, or have several complex models chunking away in separate versions using their own core of my computer. And so on…
None of this would be possible if the Update overwrote your current version.
Sketchup does now carry your shortcuts over to the new version, no doubt it will eventually do the same with your toolbars etc
Basically once you get yourself a system it takes no time at all to set up a new version. Often I don’t even do all my extensions in one go, I’ll start modelling and add them as I need them. There are many I have never reinstalled.


I get the logic here, and have to agree. I have multiple versions of CorelDRAW installed, because newer versions can actually be worse in many ways, as we all sadly learn with Windows. Sometimes simpler can be better. I had already reached the conclusion that I had way to many extensions loaded, and will attempt to get along with as little external junk as possible.

I just discovered the same issue. I am especially upset about extensions I just paid for a couple days ago while I was still using version 2021. I never remember having to reinstall extensions from scratch with previous upgrades. This is a complete hassle and waste of my time. Not happy at all.

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It has been that way since the beginning of time. Minor updates to the same version number are different to major new version updates.

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I appreciate and understand your response. But it is still a lot of extra work that takes time away from billable work. Just saying…

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As I said in my reply above, due to it being a separate install it doesn’t need to affect your working time and can be addressed as part of your normal business infrastructure upkeep. Whereas if it overwrote you would be stuck if it didn’t work with your system, which is very possible when the software is needing upgraded hardware to run it in this constantly changing world. 2021 may run happily with your specific setup, but 2022 may fail due to a slight inadequacy in your graphic card. A simple example but one of many.

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I have the same problem on Mac OS.

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To clarify, you do not loose out on your paid extensions. Re-install the extension for 2022 and enter serial number or licensing info again.

It’s like spring cleaning every year when a new version drops, I always find a few useless extensions that I no longer need, like an old weld extension which has been incorporated as a native function now.


Yes I am actually crashing a lot while playing around trying to learn Curic plug-ins (which seem really awesome, btw.) It did not occur to me that I have reached the limits of my current computer. Maybe the problem is actually with the plug-ins not being fully compatible with SketchUp 2022. Curic Section certainly has a warning that is only works up to 2021. I’ll uninstall that one.
I appreciate all the replies and see the value in the ‘spring cleaning’ even if I wish I was not the one who had to do it. :wink:

Let’s not get personal! :smile:

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Yes, you’re right, I did notice when I read it again after posting that it might be possible to read it that way. :smiling_imp:

Um…those of us who have not been using this program since forever do not think of the ‘extensi-verse’ as easily navigable; nor do we see it as a huge bonus. It has, for me, mostly been a nightmare. I won’t list the ways–I am sure the forum moderators will cut me off.

I do agree that now is the time for housekeeping. I was excited when I downloaded SU 2021 Pro last spring, but my enthusiasm has waned rather significantly. I can get rid of all but a handful of extensions and finish what I need to get done. Then I will be exploring other possibilities. Regarding those other programs with lots of internal capability, if you are talking about something like AutoCAD, although the learning curve is steep the myriad tools and possibilities are at least organized in a rational way that a normal human mind can appreciate and not scattered around with no organization whatsoever. You also don’t find out after days of fooling around that the extension doesn’t work with the version of the program you have installed.

I just installed 2022 Pro and I will be uninstalling 2021 Pro the second I get everything set up the same way and am absolutely certain it works. The 2021 Pro issue with double-clicking on the Tab visibility sending it into edit mode has been a major impediment to the way I work, so I will be jettisoning that version as fast as humanly possible.

Rather than make this post completely negative, I have a recommendation: Trimble should curate a list of standard, useful, extensions for SketchUp. We all know native capability is just not enough. They should be extensions that work well, are kept current, and are supported. I know this sort of ‘playing favorites’ will seriously annoy the vast number of people producing extensions, but leaving us to wallow in this mess as newbies is one of the greatest disappointments I have with this software.

Why uninstall 2021 so quickly? Is your computer’s storage that close to being full that you need the space consumed by 2021 for other purposes? It seems risky to me to be so quick to uninstall the working version, even when you are “absolutely certain” that the new version works. A surprise might appear a day or a month later that would make you unhappy.

Because, as I said, the way I use the program includes heavy use of Tags and the double click sending the Tag name into edit mode has been a serious problem for me. So, if 2022 Pro solves this problem, why would I want 2021 installed? I’d just rather get rid of it.

I have plenty of room for it; I just don’t want it.

As a backup in case you discover some significant problem with 2022 and extensions, etc. in some corner of your work-flow, even after you think that you have tried everything successfully.


Maybe you can help with a small issue. I want to associate my .skp and .skb files with the 2022 version. But, when I go to Windows Settings, Default Apps, choose default apps by file type, I do not get a choice of versions, it just says “SketchUp Application.” How can I specify which version of the program is the default? I rarely open a model from within the SketchUp App.

With the release of SketchUp 2021 there was a change in the way SketchUp files are compiled so that SU2022 files can be opened in SU2021. Basically the SketchUp models are versionless. If you installed SU2022 correctly (right click on downloaded installer, Run as adminsitrator) and you’ve opened SU2022, any other SketchUp files on your computer should open in 2022 when you double click on them or right click on them and choose Open. At least that’s the way it’s working on my computer. Even files created a decade or more ago are opening in SU2022 by default. In fact I just opened a file created in SketchUp 8 by double clicking on it and it opened in SU2022.

It might require rebooting your computer to get Windows to show the files as associated with 2022.

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