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How To Import a Figma File [Guide]

How To Import a Figma File [Guide]

Pierluigi Giglio
September 19, 2023

If you’re on this page you might wonder how to import a Figma file.

The process itself is quite easy, and it works for both figma files that you downloaded online or that a colleague might have sent your way.

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

How to Import a Figma file

Now’s let’s see how you can export a figma file in your Figma account.


As a first step, you will need to locate your new .fig file (this is the extension of Figma files are called) and open up Figma.

fig file

Unzip the Figma file if required, since you should have the raw .fig file ready to be imported (zip files won’t be recognized).


Login to Figma and go under draft by selecting it on the left side of the control panel.

figma drafts

⚠️ Important: do not open any existing or new project, since the import feature will not work inside of a project.

Once you are inside the draft location, simply drag and drop the Figma file here or, alternatively, click on the top right Import button and select the file from your computer.

file import in figma

At this point you will notice a popover that notifies you that the design file i being uploaded - once this process it’s done, you will see a green checkmark and confirmation that the .fig file was uploaded correctly.

file successfully imported

As you can see, so far the entire process was simple and fast!

At this point, you can open your new design file and you have access to the Figma file in it’s entirety. After making the required changes, you can again export the file to share or save it as a backup (although, as we’ve seen in a recent article, Figma does have an autosave feature).

Why do you need a .fig file to import?

You can export your designs from Figma in a variety of file formats, including JPED, PNGs, PDFs and SVGs.

Exporting helps you share content with others, move content between tools, and save copies of your designs outside of Figma.

Figma design files can be exported to .fig extension files.

These files can be saved in your computer and you can use them offline as well.

Just use the above mentioned methodology to import files successfully and you will be set.

Why do you need to import Figma file?

You might want to make changes to a design that is created by someone else.

Having the Figma design file (.fig) will help you to start right away.

You can Import the Figma file into your account and start working.

We hope that this tutorial was useful, if you want to learn more about Figma please check out our other 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.

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