How Do You Write a Figma Plugin?

Figma Plugins are an incredible tool that can help designers create designs faster and easier. With the help of plugins, designers can save time by automating tedious tasks and adding preset effects to their work.

But how do you write a Figma Plugin? The process is fairly simple and straightforward.

The first step is to familiarize yourself with the Figma Plugin API. This API is an open source library of functions that allow developers to create Figma Plugins. It contains information on how to register, call, and manage plugins as well as provides access to some of the core functionalities offered by the Figma platform.

Once you’ve become familiar with the API, you’ll need to decide what type of plugin you want to create. Do you want something simple like a text editor or a more complex plugin such as one that exports design assets?

Once you’ve decided on a type of plugin, it’s time to start coding.

Writing Your Plugin

Writing your plugin is where the real work begins. If you know JavaScript, HTML, and CSS then this should be relatively straightforward for you as these are all languages used in creating Figma Plugins. To get started, create a new folder in your project directory and add your code files.

Once your code files are set up, use the Figma Plugin API to define the functions that will be used by your plugin. This includes defining how it should react when certain events occur such as when a user interacts with it or when it updates its content based on user input.

Testing Your Plugin

Once your code is written and ready for testing, open up Figma and go into Developer Mode (under “Plugins”).

From here you can upload your plugin for testing purposes. When uploading make sure to select “Development” mode so that any errors or bugs will be visible when running your plugin.

Publishing Your Plugin

Once your plugin has been tested and approved for use, it’s time to publish it! In order to do this, go into Developer Mode (under “Plugins”) again and select “Publish” from the menu. You will be asked for some basic information about your plugin such as its name and description before submitting it for review.


Writing a custom Figma Plugin requires knowledge of JavaScript, HTML, and CSS as well as understanding of how the Figma Platform works. It also requires familiarity with the Figma Plugin API which provides access to core functionalities offered by the platform. After writing code for your plugin, testing it in Development Mode is necessary before publishing it for use by other designers.