Copy Framer Code plugin for Sketch
A Sketch plugin that copies selected layers to the clipboard as code that can be pasted straight into a Framer prototype.
- Copy one or more layers, or an entire artboard
- Layers are copied in position
- Rectangles, circles and text layers are drawn entirely in code*
- Export @ 1x, @ 2x or @ 3x
*If a layer is too complex to draw using code alone you can make the plugin copy the code needed to include an image asset for the layer, but you will need to drag the image files into the project manually.
New in Version 3
- Copy exported image assets
- Support for Nested Layers: Copy Framer Code exports all nested layers inside any selected groups, adding the
parentproperty to the sublayers.
- Export artboards: Select an artboard to copy all of its contents.
- Flatten groups to a single layer by adding
*to the end of the layer’s name.
- Hidden layers are not imported.
- Download the latest release of the plugin
- Double-click on
Sketch Import in Framer Studio creates layers in your Framer project by exporting image assets from your Sketch file. It’s quick and easy, but it has some limitations. While you can control opacity and scale in your prototype, properties such as colour, border radius and thickness, shadows and text values are not accessible.
This plugin takes a different approach. It aims to recreate as much of your design as possible using native Framer code so you have complete control.
All it does is copy code to the clipboard. Here’s how to use it:
- Select the layers or artboard in Sketch you want to copy.
- If you want to export from Sketch @ 1x, select
Copy Framer Code > Copy @ 1xfrom the Plugins menu. Select
Copy Framer Code > Copy @ 2xto double the scale of your design, and
Copy Framer Code > Copy @ 3xto scale up by three.
- Paste the CoffeeScript code into Framer.
What layer types can the plugin handle?
Here is an example of the code that will be generated when you select a rectangle showing the full set of properties that can be generated:
rectangle = new Layer x: 276 y: 40 width: 200 height: 100 backgroundColor: "rgba(243,244,250,1)" borderRadius: 8 borderColor: "rgba(183,190,208,1)" borderWidth: 2 shadowColor: "rgba(0,0,0,0.25)" shadowX: 0 shadowY: 4 shadowBlur: 8 shadowSpread: 0 opacity: 0.9
Circles are created by setting the border radius of the layer to half its width:
circle = new Layer x: 312 y: 220 width: 128 height: 128 backgroundColor: "rgba(243,244,250,1)" borderRadius: 64 borderColor: "rgba(183,190,208,1)" borderWidth: 2 shadowColor: "rgba(0,0,0,0.25)" shadowX: 0 shadowY: 4 shadowBlur: 8 shadowSpread: 0 opacity: 0.9
Text is copied as a native text layer:
text = new TextLayer x: 218 y: 432 text: "Type something" fontSize: 38 fontFamily: "Gotham SSm" fontWeight: 500 letterSpacing: -0.4 lineHeight: 2 textAlign: "center" textDecoration: "underline" textTransform: "uppercase" color: "rgba(75,79,96,1)" shadowColor: "rgba(0,0,0,0.25)" shadowX: 0 shadowY: 4 shadowBlur: 8 opacity: 0.9
Groups are copied along with any child layers:
group = new Layer x: 328 y: 572 backgroundColor: "transparent" width: 96 height: 40 sublayer2 = new Layer parent: group x: 0 y: 0 width: 40 height: 40 backgroundColor: "rgba(216,216,216,1)" sublayer1 = new Layer parent: group x: 56 y: 0 width: 40 height: 40 backgroundColor: "rgba(216,216,216,1)"
You can stop the plugin from copying child layers by adding
* to the end of the layer’s name in Sketch.
You can select an artboard to copy all of its contents. The plugin creates a layer for the artboard itself so that you can use the screen in a flow component:
artboard = new Layer x: 0 y: 0 backgroundColor: "transparent" width: 750 height: 1334
Make sure there are no export settings set for the artboard.
The plugin cannot export the contents of symbols. Only position, size and opacity are copied. If you want the plugin to export and any layers inside a symbol you will first need to detach the symbol:
symbol = new Layer x: 248 y: 668 width: 254 height: 96 opacity: 0.9
Slices are ignored.
Ovals, combined shapes, paths, images etc. are all created as layers with position and size only.
combinedShape = new Layer x: 272 y: 844 width: 206 height: 136
What layer styles can the plugin handle?
- Drop shadow
- Corner radius
- Layer opacity
- Font size, family and weight
- Line height
- Character spacing
A Sketch layer can have multiple fills, borders and shadows. This is not possible in Framer. When a layer has more than one of any of these style, only the top-most style is copied. Outside and centre borders are converted to inside borders as this is all that Framer can handle.
How include image assets
When the design of a layer cannot be represented using native code you will need to use an image asset:
combinedShape = new Layer x: 272 y: 844 width: 206 height: 136 image: "images/Combined Shape.svg"
- Select the layer in Sketch and click Make exportable.
This tells the plugin to include a reference to the image in the code it generates. If you have set multiple export settings, the plugin will try to choose an export format that matches the scale you are exporting at. Failing that it will use the first in the list. Adding export settings to rectangles, circles and text layers has no effect as it is assumed these will be drawn using native code.
- Click the export button and export the image to the images folder in your Framer project.
Making rectangles, circles or text exportable has no effect because it is assumed these types of layer will be created using code alone.
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