Accessing the code of your Figma designs is a crucial part of designing. It is a vital step that turns a visual idea into a functional digital product. It ensures the design works seamlessly, adapts to different screens, and enables thorough testing, scalability, and ongoing maintenance. Turning a design into code is pretty important in various industries for bringing digital creations to life.
And yes, we can generate the code of our designs in Figma – through the Builder.io Figma plugin.
Builder.io is a Figma plugin that allows you to convert all components of your Figma designs to code within a few seconds. You can easily generate React, Next.js, Vue, Svelte, Angular, Qwik, Solid, React Native, or HTML code. You can also choose your preferred CSS library, whether Tailwind CSS, Material UI, Emotion, Styled Components, or Styled JSX.
First, install the plugin by visiting its official site in the Figma community. Click Try it out, and don’t forget to press the Save button next to it so you can use the plugin at any time.
To open the plugin in your desired Figma project, follow the path:
Once you open the plugin, using it is a piece of cake. All you need to do is select a layer or element and click Generate Code.
This will redirect you to a Builder.io file, where you will see your code and the visualization of it.
Important note: This plugin is still in Beta – meaning it does an incredible job, but you may need to make some final adjustments to fully match the designs.
As you can see, the plugin has two more sections to explore:
Generate: Here, you can use AI to generate any design of your choice. Yes, anything. This feature is made possible by OpenAI (the creators of ChatGPT), so you will need to buy a subscription and get your API key. You can learn more about it here.
Import UI: Here, you can convert another live website into editable Figma frames and layers, using only links or drag & drop. You can control the dimensions (Viewport width*) of the imported webpage as well.
Besides being very easy to use within Figma, this feature also has a Chrome Extension – so you can grab any website at any time, and convert it to a Figma file. You can install the extension here.
For a more comprehensive guide, you can also visit Builder.io’s official guide.
Builder.io plugin for Figma is a great way to unlock the full potential of your designs by generating any code from your projects. Generating these codes is easy and efficient, and while still in Beta mode, this plugin can be extremely useful.
Other than generating existing codes from your designs, you can also use Builder.io’s AI feature to generate designs or import them from other live web pages.
We hope this article taught you everything you needed to know about the Builder.io Figma plugin. Have fun designing!
And if you want to learn more about Figma, make sure to check out our other articles and resources.
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