How to export Figma to React using Anima3 min read
Updated March 10, 2022
Figma to React overview
Wondering how to convert Figma to React code automatically? You’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll show you how to export your Figma designs as developer-friendly React, in just a few clicks, using Anima.
Anima lets you create fully-functional prototypes in Figma, then export those prototypes as developer-friendly code. The result is a more streamlined design process, smoother handoff—and of course—clean code developers can actually work with.
So without further adieu, here’s how to go from Figma design to React code in a few simple steps.
***Are you a visual learner? Check out our Figma to React YouTube tutorial***
***Want to move faster with live React components in Figma and export clean code for the UI? Check out Anima’s React Component Library.***
How to go from Figma design to React code with Anima
Anima lets you download React code from any Figma design in a few simple steps. You have the option to download a React code package for the entire design, a single screen, or an individual component you’ve selected.
Here’s a step-by-step breakdown:
Export React code for your entire design, a single screen, or an individual component
Step 1: Sync your Figma design to your Anima project.
Step 2: Go to your project screen in the Anima web app and select the screen(s) you want to convert to React. 👇
Select the screen you want to convert to React code
Step 3: Make sure your prototype matches your design, then click the ‘<> Code‘ icon at the top of the window to enter Code Mode.👇
Enter Code Mode in Anima's web app to inspect, copy, and download code
Step 4: When Code Mode opens and the framework setup window appears, select ‘React,’ choose your preferred styling and syntax, and click ‘Change to React’ 👇
Step 5: Once you’ve selected your framework, click ‘Export Code’ at the top right corner of your window, choose whether to download React code for the full project, the current screen, or an individual component selection, and click ‘Download [your selection] as ZIP.’👇
Step 6: Unzip the file from your browser’s download bar to view the code package.
What do you get in the React code package?
The code package includes all the relevant code files for your Figma design, including individual component code.
Anima's autogenerated React Code Package for the entire design
Once unzipped, you can preview the files locally in the browser (see how in our Figma to React YouTube tutorial 🤓 ). You’ll be able to see the Smart Layers and interactions for your design, just like the actual product!
Running Anima's React code package locally
Figma to React in a nutshell
There you have it. You can easily go from your Figma design to fully functioning prototype to developer-friendly React code using Anima. If you’d like to see the code in action or check out some of Anima’s other cool developer features, check out this video.
Want to check out the code yourself? Download our sample React code package.
Examples of apps built with Anima’s React code
- A blog built with Figma, Anima, Contentful, and Vercel
- An eCommerce store built with Figma, Anima, Shopify, and Netlify
- A banking app built with Figma, Anima, Strapi.io, and Netlify