Figuring out how to install Figma on Linux?
Figma is a graphic designing application/tool. It is a famous and well-liked application among multiple development communities. It provides a complete workspace where you can make any kinds of prototypes for your user interface, presentations, and other work related to graphics.
One of the reasons behind Figma’s boom in popularity is that it is completely web-based. This means you can do everything you want on the Figma canvas through your web browser. There is also a feature through which multiple people can work on the canvas at once, making collaboration between team members more efficient.
The only potential con of Figma is that it has a desktop application that is only available for Windows and Mac operating systems. Although there isn’t a desktop application available for Linux and its distros, there are ways you can get the application on your Linux system.
So, in case you are using Linux or one of its distros and are wondering how to get Figma on your desktop, you are at the right place. We will be taking a look at how to install Figma on Linux, describing the different methods of achieving the objective.
So, let’s get going!
Method 1: Installing Figma Through Snap Package.
For all the methods we will be discussing today, we will essentially install an unofficial open-source Figma package. The application is called “Figma-Client” and is currently present on Github.
The first method we are discussing is installing Figma using the snap packages available in Linux. For installing Figma using Snap, you have to make sure that you have “Snap Store” available on your system. In case it isn’t, install it from here.
After installing Snap Store, enter the following command in your Linux command Terminal to install Figma. But before that, update your system repositories first by running the following commands in the Terminal.
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo snap install Figma
You should see the progress of your installation process.
To make sure that your system can use local Figma fonts, run this command on your Terminal:
$ sudo ln -s $HOME/.local/share/fonts $HOME/snap/figma-linux/current/.local/share/
Let’s move on to the next method of how to install Figma on Linux.
Method 2: Install Figma Using AppImage.
AppImage is another package distribution system similar to the Snap packages. The advantage of using AppImage is that you don’t need to install a separate application store to download Figma.
The Figma AppImage is available on the Figma-Linux Github release page. Click on this link and it will take you there. Download the package highlighted in yellow in the image below.
After downloading the AppImage run the following commands on your Terminal:
$ chmod +x figma-linux-version.AppImage
$ sudo ./figma-linux-version.AppImage -i
The “version” mentioned in the commands is the version of the AppImage you downloaded. Make sure that you specify the same version number in the command. After you are done executing these commands, Figma-Linux is ready to be used. In our case, the version is 0.9.6.
Next, we look at how you can get Figma for various Linux distributions.
Installing Figma For Various Distributions.
There are different Figma-Linux packages available on the Github release page meant for different Linux distributions. Before you install the appropriate package, you have to know which package is for which Linux distribution.
For the people who are using Arch-based distributions, download and install Figma using the AUR package repository available. Execute the following command to install Figma.
$ yay -S figma-linux
For users of Debian and Ubuntu, the application and software packages have the “.deb” extension. So, go to the release page and download the .deb package. After downloading the said package, run the following commands on your Terminal:
$ sudo apt install libgconf-2-4
$ sudo dpkg -i figma-linux_0.9.6_linux_amd64.deb
For the people who are using RHEL based distributions such as Fedora and CentOS, download the package with the “.rpm” extension. After downloading the package, run the following command.
$ sudo dnf install figma-linux_0.9.6_linux_.x86_64.rpm
Open Figma on Your Linux System.
After successfully installing Figma, the next step is to run it on your Linux system. You can open Figma by typing the following command in the terminal.
$ snap run figma-linux
Upon launching the application, you are required to log in with your browser. Then, your preferred web browser opens and takes you to the login page of the Figma website. It’s your choice whether you wish to log in with your Google account or use the other options.
After logging in to Figma with your account, the browser navigates back to the desktop application where you are now logged in and can see this page on your screen.
As mentioned before, Figma-Linux is an open-source application available on Github. There is another open-source application available with Linux called CyberPanel. CyberPanel is a web-based control panel through which you can control and manage your system resources.
It isn’t just a control panel though, it provides users with various other features and web-based applications. To learn more about CyberPanel, click on the link as it will take you to a comprehensive guide on how to install and use CyberPanel.
Nevertheless, Figma is a great design application with unlimited templates and graphics to choose from. With several standout features, it is surely going to change your design experience.
In this guide, we discussed the different methods on how to install Figma on Linux. As Figma hasn’t been officially released for Linux yet, you will have to install the Figma-Linux package available on Github. As mentioned, there are different packages available for different Linux distributions so remember to download the correct package.
We hope that we were able to help you in installing Figma for your Linux system so you can now enjoy the app’s benefits. If you have any other questions to ask, please mention them in the comments.
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