How to TRANSFER a Custom Material List from Sketch Up Make to Sketch Up Pro

Hi There,

I have recently upgraded from Sketch Up Make to Sketch Up Pro. I have a solid materials list that is custom. I actually tossed the material list that comes with the program MAKE as I don’t use any of them. Now that I’m using the new program Sketch Up Pro I have tossed the default material list again. But I cringe at the thought of having to rebuild my custom list from scratch. Is there any way to TRANSFER the list from SK Up Make to PRO?


What version is your Pro license?

Hi Mike,

I have the Sketch Up Pro 2019. And I am on a Mac computer.


So when you installed it, the standard SketchUp material lists were installed.
To get your 2017 list into 2019, look here:

~/Library/Application Support/SketchUp 2019/SketchUp/Materials.

use Finder and move a copy from v17 to v19…

if you don’t already have them in /Users/<your name>/Library/Application\ Support/SketchUp\ 2019/SketchUp/Materials

now is a good time to do it…


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Unfortunately I cannot find my custom Material List any where. I know how to find the default list from Sketch Up but the custom list I made is nowhere to be found it seems.

is Make v17 still installed?


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Yes - Make v17 is still installed.

open Make and then in the menu ‘Windows’ >> ‘Ruby Console’…

copy paste in this line…

 `open "#{Sketchup.find_support_file('Materials')}"`

and hit Return/Enter


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Bingo! My Material List appeared!

My list looks like this as shown above. But how do I get it to the Sketch Up Pro 2019?

There is also a ruby console in 2019…

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from Make ‘Ruby Console’…

v17_mats = Sketchup.find_support_file('Materials')
v19_mats = v17_mats.sub('17', '19')
`ditto "#{v17_mats}" "#{v19_mats}" `



John, THANK YOU! It works now. I don’t know how to thank you enough!


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Thank you Mike for your input as well! Both recommendations flowed well.