Update: ZBrush Exporter V3

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Big news for ZBrush users: we’ve updated the Exporter plugin!

1. Compatibility

The plugin is now compatible all the way up to ZBrush 4R7, both 32-bit and 64-bit versions, on both OS X and Windows!!! (at last)

2. Draft Mode

You can now upload a model in Draft Mode. This is the perfect way to tweak your 3D settings on Sketchfab before publishing your model. Make it look perfect before it goes public.

Draft Mode option in the ZBrush Sketchfab Exporter

Now, time for some awesome ZBrush models:


A big Thank You to Maxime Rouca from ExoSide for his work on the plugin.

Enjoy! Let me know if you run into any problems!

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James Green

Senior Product Specialist | Sketchfab


  • Maus says:

    I cant get this to work, been trying all night. Here is the error message I get when I click the Decimate button after fallowing all of the steps:

    Cannot decimate: some Sub Tools are not precomputed! click on Pre-process required Sub Tools to precompute decimation for those SubTools.
    When pre-processing is finished, click on Decimate.

    I really wish this worked and that it was less complicated to use…

  • James Green says:

    Hi, this is a known issue due to changes in 4R7. It’s not something we can fix on our end because it now disallows us from calling the decimation functions from within a script.

    The solution is to skip decimation completely, or to press “Decimate All” in “Decimation Master” palette (in plugin menu) instead of clicking on “Decimate” button in Skectchfab plugin.

    Sorry for the confusion!

  • Alex says:

    Awesome. thanks for the help

  • Arianne says:

    Is it common for models to freeze and have zbrush crash when you hit prepare maps? I can’t seem to get it working without manually unwrapping the model. 🙁

    And compared to the example video mu models are remarkablely small in vertex count.

  • James Green says:

    Hmm. What version of ZBrush are you using? Do you mind sending me a sample file? support@sketchfab.com

  • Hello , Would you please help me …. I can’t see Sketchfab Plugin in Zplugin !! i use Zbrush R7 and 3D Coat 4.7.20
    But Sketchfab plugin does not work For none of them !!!

  • Jon says:

    hello, I’m getting a “Sketchfab Upload Failed” using exporter V3 on Zbrush 4R8. Please advise?

  • Jon says:

    hello, I’m getting a “Sketchfab Upload Failed” using exporter V3 on Zbrush 4R8. Please advise?

  • James Green says:


    Can you make sure you put the Exporter files in the /Zplugs64/ folder, not the 32-bit /Zplugs/ folder?

  • James Green says:

    Hmm, is failing during the final step when trying to upload? Could you send the file to me so I can take a closer look? ( support@sketchfab.com )

  • Charlie says:

    It keeps freezing everytime it starts to unwrap the subtools and then crashes.

  • James Green says:

    Hmm, is it a very complicated model?

  • Matias says:

    Hi. I can’t upload in zbrush using ‘sketchfab plugin’ it fails at the last moment

  • James Green says:

    Hi Matias,

    It looks like you also contacted our support team. We’ll continue the conversation with you there!

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