• Exporting Examples

  • Exporting Examples, by Sam Deane — Source code available at GitHub

    This is an example plugin, which illustrates how to export layers, artboards and pages.

  • Layout

    The first thing to do when making a plugin is to setup the folder structure, which should look something like this:



    The plugin needs a manifest.json file. This tells Sketch which menu items your plugin supplies, as well as giving some general information about the plugin such as its name, author, and so on.

    A single plugin can supply multiple menu items, and each one can execute different code, or they can all share code. In our case though, we just have one command.

        "name" : "Hello World!",
        "identifier" : "com.sketchapp.examples.helloworld",
        "version" : "1.0",
        "description" : "Pretty much the smallest example Sketch Plugin you could have.",
        "authorEmail" : "sam@sketchapp.com",
        "author" : "Sam Deane",
        "commands" : [
          "script" : "hello-world.js",
          "handler" : "onRun",
          "shortcut" : "",
          "name" : "Hello World!",
          "identifier" : "helloworld"
  • Code

    Defining The Run Handler

    In the manifest, we told Sketch that every time the “Hello World!” menu is selected, we want to execute a javascript handler called onRun.

    So now we need to put some code into the hello-world.js file to implement that command.

    function onExportLayers(context) {
  • Fetch the root Sketch object

        var sketch = context.api()
  • We can specify a lot of different options for the exporting.

    General Options

    • use-id-for-name : normally the exported files are given the same names as the layers they represent, but if this options is true, then the layer ids are used instead; defaults to false.
    • output : this is the path of the folder where all exported files are placed; defaults to “~/Documents/Sketch Exports”
    • overwriting : if true, the exporter will overwrite any existing files with new ones; defaults to false.
    • trimmed: if true, any transparent space around the exported image will be trimmed; defaults to false.
    • scales: this should be a list of numbers; it will determine the sizes at which the layers are exported; defaults to “1”
    • formats: this should be a list of one or more of “png”, “jpg”, “svg”, and “pdf”; defaults to “png” (see discussion below)

    SVG options

    • compact : if exporting as SVG, this option makes the output more compact; defaults to false.
    • include-namespaces : if exporting as SVG, this option includes extra attributes; defaults to false.

    PNG options

    • save-for-web : if exporting a PNG, this option removes metadata such as the colour profile from the exported file; defaults to false.

    JPG options

    • compression : if exporting a JPG, this option determines the level of compression, with 0 being the minimum, 1.0 the maximum; defaults to 1.0
    • progressive : if exporting a JPG, this option makes it progressive; defaults to false.
    • group-contents-only : false,
        var options = { "scales" : "1, 2, 3", "formats" : "png, jpg" }
  • Iterate over each layer in the selection, exporting it

        sketch.selectedDocument.selectedLayers.iterate(function(layer) {
    function onExportPage(context) {
  • Fetch the root Sketch object

        var sketch = context.api()
        var options = { "scales" : "1, 2, 3", "formats" : "png, jpg" }
    function onExportArtboards(context) {
  • Fetch the root Sketch object

        var sketch = context.api()
        var options = { "scales" : "1, 2, 3", "formats" : "png, jpg" }
  • And that’s it. Job done.

    Obviously this is only the tip of the iceberg. Check out some of the other examples to see what else can be done.

    If you have questions, comments or any feedback, ping us at developer@sketchapp.com!

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