.SKP File Recovery

Have files been deleted due to a user’s error or software error? Have you formatted a disk by accident and need to know how to recover the files? Read our .SKP file recovery guide for Windows, MacOS, Android and IOS in 2023.

SKP File Recovery

What is a .SKP file?

An SKP file is a three-dimensional model created by SketchUp software, an easy-to-use 3D design program. It contains a model which includes wireframes, shades, edge effects, and textures. SKP files may also store components that can be inserted into your document.

What Are Common Causes of ".SKP" Files Lost or Failure?

There are several common causes for ".SKP" file loss or failure:

  1. Accidental deletion: Users may accidentally delete ".SKP" files while cleaning up their computer or organizing files.
  2. Software or system crashes: Unexpected software or system crashes can result in the loss of ".SKP" files that were being worked on or saved at the time of the crash.
  3. File corruption: ".SKP" files can become corrupted due to various reasons such as improper saving, power outages, or hardware issues. Corrupted files may not open or become inaccessible.
  4. Virus or malware attacks: Malicious software can infect and damage ".SKP" files, making them unreadable or causing them to fail.
  5. File system errors: Errors in the file system, such as disk errors or bad sectors on the storage device, can lead to ".SKP" file loss or failure.
  6. Hardware failure: Hard drive failure or other hardware issues can result in the loss of ".SKP" files stored on the affected device.
  7. Incompatible software or plugins: Using incompatible software versions or plugins with SketchUp can cause issues with ".SKP" files, leading to errors or failure.
  8. Improper file handling: Improperly transferring ".SKP" files between devices, improper shutdowns, or forceful termination of SketchUp software can result in file loss or failure.

It is important to regularly backup ".SKP" files to prevent permanent loss and use reliable data recovery methods in case of file failure or loss.

How to recover lost ".SKP" files?

Sometimes while working with a computer, laptop or other stationary or mobile devices, you may encounter various bugs, freezes, hardware or software failures, even in spite of regular updates and junk cleaning. As a result, an important ".SKP" file may be deleted.

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By no means should you think that the only way to recover a ".SKP" file is always to create it once more.

Use programs for recovering ".SKP" files if a file was lost after accidental or deliberate deleting, formatting the memory card or the internal storage, cleaning the storage device, after a virus attack or a system failure.

Programs to recover ".SKP" files

Looking for a way to get files back? In cases when files were deleted and they cannot be restored by using standard operating system tools, use Hetman Partition Recovery.

The tool recovers data from any devices, regardless of the cause of data loss.

Follow the directions below:

  1. Download Hetman Partition Recovery, install and start the program.

  2. The program will automatically scan the computer and display all hard disks and removable drives connected to it, as well as physical and local disks.

    File Recovery Software
  3. Double-click on the disk from which you need to recover ".SKP" files, and select analysis type.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Analysis Type
  4. When the scanning is over, you will be shown the files for recovery.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Files that Can be Restored
  5. To find a file you need, use the program’s interface to open the folder it was deleted from, or go to the folder "Content-Aware Analysis" and select the required file type.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Deep Scan
  6. Select the files you have been looking for and click "Recovery".

    File Recovery Software - Files List for Recovery
  7. Choose one of the methods for saving the files and recover them.

    Saving recovered files in Hetman Partition Recovery

How to open file with ".SKP" extension?

Looking for how to open a stereo sketchUp Document image file file?

Programs that open ".SKP" files

Trimble SketchUp Trimble SketchUp
Trimble SketchUp Viewer Trimble SketchUp Viewer
Trimble SketchUp Trimble SketchUp
Trimble SketchUp Viewer Trimble SketchUp Viewer
IMSI TurboCAD Deluxe IMSI TurboCAD Deluxe
Trimble 3D Warehouse Trimble 3D Warehouse

Additional Information

  • File type: SketchUp Document

  • File extension: .SKP

  • Developer: Trimble

  • Category: 3D Image Files

  • Format: Binary

  • HEX: FF FE FF 0E 53 00 6B 00 65 00 74 00 63 00 68 00

  • ASCII: яюя.S.k.e.t.c.h


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Vladimir Artiukh

Author: Vladimir Artiukh, Technical Writer

Vladimir Artiukh is a technical writer for Hetman Software, as well as the voice and face of their English-speaking YouTube channel, Hetman Software: Data Recovery for Windows. He handles tutorials, how-tos, and detailed reviews on how the company’s tools work with all kinds of data storage devices.

Oleg Afonin

Editor: Oleg Afonin, Technical Writer

Oleg Afonin is an expert in mobile forensics, data recovery and computer systems. He often attends large data security conferences, and writes several blogs for such resources as xaker.ru, Elcomsoft and Habr. In addition to his online activities, Oleg’s articles are also published in professional magazines. Also, Oleg Afonin is the co-author of a well-known book, Mobile Forensics - Advanced Investigative Strategies.


Questions and answers

  • How can I recover or restore a ".SKP backup" file in SketchUp?

    To recover or restore a ".SKP backup" file in SketchUp, you can follow these steps:

    1. Locate the backup file: Look for the backup file in the same directory where you saved the original SketchUp file. The backup file will have the same name as the original file but with the extension ".skb" instead of ".skp".
    2. Change the file extension: Rename the backup file by changing the file extension from ".skb" to ".skp". This will convert the backup file into a SketchUp file that can be opened.
    3. Open the file in SketchUp: Double-click on the renamed backup file, and it should automatically open in SketchUp. If it doesn't open, you can try opening it directly from SketchUp by going to File > Open and selecting the renamed backup file.
    4. Save the file: Once the backup file is open, go to File > Save As and save it with a new name or overwrite the original file if needed.

    Note: If you don't have a backup file or the backup file is corrupted, it may not be possible to recover the data. In such cases, it's recommended to rely on regular manual backups or cloud storage services to prevent data loss in the future.

  • What is the purpose of creating a ".SKP backup" file in SketchUp?

    The purpose of creating a ".SKP backup" file in SketchUp is to have a copy of the original SketchUp file before making any major changes or modifications. This backup file serves as a safety net in case any mistakes or errors occur during the design process. If something goes wrong or the file gets corrupted, the backup file can be used to restore the project to a previously saved state. It is always recommended to create backup files regularly to prevent data loss and ensure the ability to revert to a previous version if needed.

  • Can I convert a ".SKP backup" file into a regular SketchUp file format (.SKP)?

    Yes, you can convert a ".SKP backup" file into a regular SketchUp file format (.SKP). Here's how you can do it:

    1. Open SketchUp and go to "File" > "Open".
    2. Locate the ".SKP backup" file you want to convert and select it.
    3. In the file selection dialog box, change the file type filter to "All Supported Files" or "All Files".
    4. Select the ".SKP backup" file and click on the "Open" button.
    5. SketchUp will recognize the backup file and convert it into a regular .SKP file format.
    6. Save the converted file by going to "File" > "Save" or "Save As" and choose the desired location and name for the file.

    After following these steps, you should have successfully converted the ".SKP backup" file into a regular SketchUp file format (.SKP).

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