• SVGO Export

  • SVGO Export, by Ale Muñoz — Source code available at GitHub

    This Plugin compresses SVG assets using SVGO right after they’re exported from Sketch.

  • Dependencies

    This plugin requires svgo to be installed in /usr/local/bin

  • Manifest

    This is the content of the manifest.json file for this Plugin. See how we’re attaching the Plugin to the ExportSlices.finish event in handlers.actions by assigning a function name (compressSVG, defined in svgo.js to the action name we’re interested in).

        "name" : "SVGO Export",
        "description" : "Uses SVGO to compress exported SVG assets.\nNote: it needs svgo installed somewhere on your path!",
        "version" : "1.0",
        "identifier" : "com.sketchapp.examples.svgo-export",
        "author" : "Ale Muñoz",
        "authorEmail" : "ale@sketchapp.com",
        "commands" : [
          "name" : "SVGO Export",
          "identifier" : "svgo-export",
          "script" : "svgo-export.js",
          "handlers" : {
            "actions" : {
              "ExportSlices.finish": "onExportSlices"
  • Main Handler

    This is the handler we defined on manifest.json for the event (ExportSlices.finish). It will be passed a context object as a parameter. context.actionContext is the action that has been triggered, and it looks like this:

      "document": "<MSImmutableDocumentData: 0x7fbe8644fae0> (6125882F-2DBB-4E1C-856B-92C6761BA0E3)",
      "exports": [{
        "path": "/Users/ale/Desktop/tmp/svgo/Rectangle.svg",
        "request": "<MSExportRequest: 0x7fbe86264300>"

    In this particular example, there’s only one item in the exports array, but if you’ve exported 10.000 assets it will be a bit more crowded. The ExportSlices.finish event is only called once for the whole export operation, rather than being triggered 10.000 times.

    function onExportSlices(context){
      var exports = context.actionContext.exports,
          shouldCompressSVG = false,
          pathsToCompress = []
  • We’ll take a look at the Array that contains all the exported assets…

      for (var i=0; i < exports.count(); i++) {
        var currentExport = exports.objectAtIndex(i)
  • When we find an asset in SVG format, then we’ll want to compress the folder it’s been exported to.

        if (currentExport.request.format() == 'svg') {
          shouldCompressSVG = true
          var currentPath = "" + currentExport.path.stringByDeletingLastPathComponent() // the ("" + ) trick coerces the value into a JS string, otherwise the uniqueArray function won't sort the array properly
  • Time to compress some folders

      if (shouldCompressSVG) {
  • Let’s remove duplicates so that we only compress each one once.

        var paths = uniqueArray(pathsToCompress),
            success = true
  • Now we run through each one…

        for (var p=0; p < paths.length; p++) {
          var path = paths[p]
          log('Compressing SVG files in ' + path)
  • …doing the export, and log the result to the console

          if(optimizeFolderWithSVGO(paths[p])) {
            log('✅ compression ok')
          } else {
            log('❌ compression error')
            success = false
  • Finally, make some noise to let the user know that we’re done, and if everything went according to plan.

    The compression can take a while if you’re exporting many assets, so it’s a nice touch :-)

        playSystemSound(success ? "Glass" : "Basso")
  • Helper Functions

  • This is the function where we call out to svgo to do the heavy lifting (i.e: compress all SVG files in a given folder).

    Make sure you either have node and svgo installed in /usr/local/bin or adjust the path accordingly in the code.

    The SVGO options are based on our experience working with Sketch’s exported SVGs, and to the best of our knowledge they shouldn’t effect the rendering of your assets, just reduce their size.

    function optimizeFolderWithSVGO(folderPath) {
      var args = [
        "svgo --folder='" + folderPath + "' --pretty --disable=convertShapeToPath --enable=removeTitle --enable=removeDesc --enable=removeDoctype --enable=removeEmptyAttrs --enable=removeUnknownsAndDefaults --enable=removeUnusedNS --enable=removeEditorsNSData"
      return runCommand("/bin/bash", args)
  • Utility function to play a given system sound.

    function playSystemSound(sound) {
  • The command line tool afplay does what we need - we just have to call it with the full path of a system sound.

      runCommand("/usr/bin/afplay", ["/System/Library/Sounds/" + sound + ".aiff"])
  • Utility function to remove duplicates on an Array.

    function uniqueArray(arrArg) {
      return arrArg.filter(function(elem, pos,arr) {
        return arr.indexOf(elem) == pos;
  • Utility function to run a command line command with a set of arguments.

    function runCommand(command, args) {
      var task = NSTask.alloc().init();
      task.launchPath = command;
      task.arguments = args;
      return (task.terminationStatus() == 0)
  • If you have questions, comments or any feedback, ping us at developer@sketchapp.com!

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