figmint

sync Figma styles to JS

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🍃 Figmint

Figmint can sync styles and exports from a file in figma to json that can be used in a javascript project.

example image

It also comes with a snazzy CLI:

example video

This example site shows a figma file above html and css generated using the JSON that figmint outputs. This example can be found and run in the example folder in this repo.

👩🏽‍🏫Recommendations:

  • Figma lets you name two styles the same thing. This will cause overwrite issues in your exports.

🚨Notes:

  • Currently only Fill styles, Text styles, and exports are supported. PR's welcome for Grid and Effect styles!
  • Figmint will only pick up a style if it is used in the file you pass it. If you are finding a style isn't syncing make sure an element in the file is using that style.
  • PNG and JPG exports work only with with scale values (2x for example) and not with width or height values (512w). This is a limitation of the figma API.
  • Color styles with multiple properties are available as part of the raw export. The simpler named exports will only display the final property.

Install and Config

1. Add figmint to your project:

yarn add figmint --dev

2. Setup your figma file

Setup a file that includes elements that use all the figma styles you want to export. These can either be local or from libraries, but every style you want to export needs to be used in the file you point figmint at.

Figmint will also pick up exports for the file in qustion. This can be useful for icons, illustrations, etc. For this to work make sure you have an export setup on the image you want to export.

export

Figmint is able to pick up the file type and scale, as long as you use something like 2x and not 512w or 512h (figma's API is limited in this regard.)

Currently figmint is setup to read the name of the parent to decide what directory to put the export in. For example you can group all your icons together in a layer named icons to make sure all icons end up in a icons folder when synced to your project.

3. Setup your config:

Add a .figmintrc.json file to your project.

The required options are a token and a file id.

.figmintrc.json

{
  "token": "18898-296d0094-cd7e-4ce3-b9f7-663640190108",
  "file": "tid5SFlwk8AqMGBP6dDJvw"
}

4. Run Figmint

You can now run figmint via the CLI:

yarn run figmint

5. 💰Profit!

At this point if everything went as planned you should have a new folder called figmaStyles in your project. Check the index file in this folder to see the styles exported from figma.

6. Extra Credit

See Config format and Config options below for more info on how to configure figmint including typescript support and chaging the output folder.

Example Project

An example is included in this repo under the example directory. This project connects to the example figma file. To sync with the example figma file and run it:

> cd example
> yarn
> yarn figmint
> yarn start

Then visit the example page at http://localhost:1234.

Using your own figma file with the example

You can connect the example to your own figma file by editing .figmintrc.json in the example directory. Just add your own token and file before running yarn figmint.

CLI

The CLI for figmint is pretty simple, just run yarn figmint or npm run figmint in your project after it is installed.

Watch Mode (alpha)

It is also possible to run the CLI in watch mode. This will update your json as things change on figma without you needing to re-run the command.

🚨Notes:

  • Currently watch mode will overrite the output every second. Depending on your dev enviroment this may cause your site to reload more than expected. Ideally figmint would only write files that have chagned. PR's welcome!

Config format

To connect to your own figma file you'll need to add both an access token and the file ID. See Config Options for details.

Figmint uses cosmiconfig for configuration file support. This means you can configure figmint via:

  • A .figmintrc file, written in YAML or JSON, with optional extensions: .yaml/.yml/.json.
  • A .figmintrc.toml file, written in TOML (the .toml extension is required).
  • A figmint.config.js or .figmintrc.js file that exports an object.
  • A "figmint" key in your package.json file.

The configuration file will be resolved starting from the location of the file being formatted, and searching up the file tree until a config file is (or isn't) found.

Config options

token

Your figma token

file

The file ID you want to sync. In your figma file click Share and the copy the link. It'll look something like:

https://www.figma.com/file/P2X8Apme93sfEN8wACKziOxq/FileName

in this case the file ID is P2X8Apme93sfEN8wACKziOxq

output (default: figmaStyles)

Figmint writes any styles it finds to a js file. By default this file is written to a ./figmaStyles/ directory. If you would like to use a different location you can add an output to your config.

Output supports nested directories, so some/directory/figma as output would result in a new file ./some/directory/figma/ being created.

typescript (default: false)

If set to true this will generate typescript types in your export.

Contributing

make sure to add #!/usr/bin/env node to the top of bin/figma.js after building as parcel 1 does not do this by default.

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