SketchUp Pro 2021 Silent Install (How-To Guide)


SketchUp is a 3D modeling computer program for a wide range of drawing applications. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of SketchUp Pro 2021 from the command line using both the EXE & MSI installers.

How to Install SketchUp Pro 2021 Silently

SketchUp Pro 2021 Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Download the SketchUp Pro 2021 Installer
  2. Download the file to a folder created at (C:\Downloads)
  3. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  4. Navigate to the C:\Downloads folder
  5. Enter the following command: SketchUpPro-2021-0.exe /silent
  6. Press Enter

After a few minutes you should see the SketchUp Desktop Shortcuts appear. You will also find entries in the Start Menu, Installation Directory, and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Software Title:SketchUp Pro 2021
Vendor:Trimble, Inc.
Version:21.0.339
Architecture:x64
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:SketchUpPro-2021-0.exe /silent
Silent Uninstall Switch:SketchUpPro-2021-0.exe -remove -silent
Download Link:https://www.sketchup.com/sketchup/2021/SketchUpPro-exe

SketchUp Pro 2021 Silent Install (MSI)

  1. Download the SketchUp Pro 2021 Installer
  2. Download the EXE to a folder created at (C:\Downloads)
  3. Manually Install SketchUp Pro 2021
  4. Navigate to “%LocalAppData%\Downloaded Installations\{434147DC-1D05-4FB6-8FC5-CAAE5887CB6D}”
  5. Copy the vc_redist.x64.exe to C:\Downloads
  6. Navigate to “%LocalAppData%\Downloaded Installations\{03CB7BC4-3C9C-452B-BFD7-1C3616BE96BD}”
  7. Copy the SketchUpPro.msi to C:\Downloads
  8. Uninstall SketchUp 2021 & Microsoft Visual C++ 2015-2019 Redistributable (x64) from Programs and Features in the Control Panel
  9. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  10. Navigate to the C:\Downloads folder
  11. Enter the following command: vc_redist.x64.exe /install /quiet /norestart
  12. Press Enter
  13. Enter the following command: MsiExec.exe /i SketchUpPro.msi /qn
  14. Press Enter

After a few minutes you should see the SketchUp Desktop Shortcuts appear. You will also find entries in the Start Menu, Installation Directory, and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Software Title:SketchUp Pro 2021
Vendor:Trimble, Inc.
Version:21.0.339
Architecture:x64
Installer Type:MSI
Silent Install Switch (Step 1)vc_redist.x64.exe /install /quiet /norestart
Silent Install Switch (Step 2)MsiExec.exe /i SketchUpPro.msi /qn
Silent Uninstall Switch (Option 1)MsiExec.exe /x {db5288e9-89f4-722c-9939-39e899d2e519} /qn
Silent Uninstall Switch (Option 2)MsiExec.exe /x SketchUpPro.msi /qn
Repair Command (Option 1)MsiExec.exe /fa {db5288e9-89f4-722c-9939-39e899d2e519} /qn
Repair Command (Option 2)MsiExec.exe /fa SketchUpPro.msi /qn
Download Link:https://www.sketchup.com/sketchup/2021/SketchUpPro-exe

The information above provides a quick overview of the software title, vendor, silent install, and silent uninstall switches. The download links provided take you directly to the vendors website. Continue reading if you are interested in additional details and configurations.


Additional Configurations

Create an Installation Log File

The SketchUp Pro 2021 MSI installer offers the option to generate a log file during installation to assist with troubleshooting should any problems arise. You can use the following command to create a verbose log file with details about the installation.

SketchUp Pro 2021 Silent Install (MSI) with Logging

MsiExec.exe /i SketchUpPro.msi /qn /L*v "%WINDIR%\Temp\SketchUpPro2021-Install.log"

Change Default Installation Directory

You can change the default installation directory by using the following command line parameters. In this example, I’m installing SketchUp to “C:\SketchUp 2021”

SketchUp Pro 2021 (EXE)

SketchUpPro-2021-0.exe INSTALLDIR="C:\SketchUp 2021" /silent

SketchUp Pro 2021 (MSI)

MsiExec.exe /i SketchUpPro.msi INSTALLDIR="C:\SketchUp 2021" /qn

Suppress SketchUp EULA Prompt

You can suppress the EULA prompt that pops up when the application is launched for the first time by completing the following steps.

  • Open Notepad or your favorite text editor
  • Add the following lines:
{
    "This Computer Only": {
        "Application": {
            "RunCounterSU": 0
        },
        "Common": {
            "AcceptedEULA": true
        }
    }
}
  • Save the file and name it: PrivatePreferences.json
  • Copy the PrivatePreferences.json file to “%LocalAppData%\SketchUp\SketchUp 2021\SketchUp\”

Activate Classic SketchUp License

You can activate a classic SketchUp license by completing the following steps.

  • Open Notepad or your favorite text editor
  • Add the following information sent to you from SketchUp:
User name:

Company/organization:

Serial number:

Authorization Code:

Support number:

Support end date:
  • Save the file and name it: activation_info.txt
  • Copy the activation_info.txt file to “C:\ProgramData\SketchUp\SketchUp 2021\”

Adding Languages

You can one or more languages by using the following command line parameters. In this example, I’m adding both German and French to the SketchUp installation.

SketchUpPro-2021-0.exe FEATURE=de,fr /silent

Available Languages

LanguageFeature Code
Germande
Spanishes
Frenchfr
Italianit
Japaneseja
Koreanko
Portuguesept_br OR pt-br
Russianru
Swedishsv
Chinese Simplifiedzh_cn OR zh-cn
Chinese Traditionalzh_tw OR zh-tw

How to Uninstall SketchUp Silently

  1. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  2. Enter one of the following commands:

SketchUp Pro 2021 Silent Uninstall (EXE)

SketchUpPro-2021-0.exe -remove -silent

SketchUp Pro 2021 Silent Uninstall (MSI)

MsiExec.exe /x {db5288e9-89f4-722c-9939-39e899d2e519} /qn

Always make sure to test everything in a development environment prior to implementing anything into production. The information in this article is provided “As Is” without warranty of any kind.

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