Go Back
How Do I Download a Figma File?

How Do I Download a Figma File?

In this guide we will show you how to download a Figma File.

Pierluigi Giglio
September 20, 2023

How Do I Download a Figma File?

If you're on this page you're probably wondering how to download a Fig file.

The good news is that downloading a fig file is an easy process that doesn't require any technical skills within Figma, and in this guide we'll show you how to do it step by step.

So, without further ado, let's get started.

How do I Download a Fig file?

The quick answer to downloading a Fig file is to simply open your design file and click on the Figma icon located in the top left of the main menu.

At this point, a dropdown menu will open up and you will need to select the File menu and then select "Save local copy".

Save local fig copy

Once clicked, you will notice that a download will start within your browser (or computer, if you're using the Figma desktop app), which is the .Fig file itself.

fig file icon

You will need to identify the exact location of the downloaded file (which will usually be in the downloads folder of your Mac or Windows PC) and you will be able to export or import your .fig file elsewhere, or simply share it with your co-workers.

How do I Download an Entire Figma file?

The process outlined above is exactly how you can download an entire Figma file, so please refer to the steps above to do that.

If instead you want to export a single frame or an element/group within Figma, you can simply select the element and go to Export, which is located at the very bottom of the right column in Figma.

You will need to click on the Plus icon, and then you will be able to select your file type for export (PDF, JPG, PNG or SVG).

Export fig and other file types

Once you complete this step, simply click on the Export button and select the location in which the design file will be saved on your computer.

How do I download Figma files to my laptop?

The process outlined above is exactly the same for both desktop and laptop computers, so please follow the steps that you find at the beginning of this article.

Why should I Save a Fig file?

In a recent article we learned that Figma has an efficient autosave feature, so for the very most part you should be able to rely on that for saving your design projects within Figma.

However, exporting fig files can be useful for several reasons:

  • Backup: it's always good to have a backup of your design solutions, especially if you already have a cloud storage subscription.
  • Share files: sometimes you might not want to share a public figma link, so you could give access to other users or designers within your team in a more descreet and secure way.
  • Manual Version history: Similar to a backup, you might want to create your very own version history of design files by keeping your figma files separate from your main figma account online.

Can you download Figjam file as PDF?

If you're trying to download a Figjam file as a PDF, we're glad to let you know that it's finally possible to do so.

Simply open your Figjam file (you can easily search for it in the main search bar) and click on the Figma icon located in the top left menu.

At this point, a dropdown menu will open up and you will need to select the File menu and then select "Export".

Once you clicked on it, you will notice that a new window will open up, asking you to select between one of these file types for the figjam file export:

  • PNG
  • JPG
  • PDF
  • CSV

Figjam file as PDF

Once you select the one which is in line with your goal (in this case we assume will be the PDF format), simply click on the Export button and you will be able to export it in no time.

This works for a new file, as well as an older figjam web file, and no file name edit is required.

Figma is an amazing commercial collaboration tool for both designers and developers, which has the ability to improve your teams process by offering a simple cloud solution.

We hope that this guide was useful, if you want to learn more about Figma please check out our recent articles on this design software.

Pierluigi Giglio

Sr. UI/UX Designer and Consultant with over 10+ years of experience working with Fortune 500, large enterprises and funded startups. Having worked on hundreds upon hundreds of design projects, collaborated with 40+ clients from all around the world and taught design to thousands of students I am very grateful that I have the opportunity to give back to the design community and help other become better designers.

Enjoyed this read?

Stay up to date with the latest design news and cutting-edge softwares, sent straight to your inbox!

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.