Import XD files in Principle

Right now, it is not possible to import Adobe XD files into Principle, but we have a simple and effective way to do this using our XD converter.

Firstly we need to convert the XD file into a format that Principle will accept.

Principle accepts both Sketch and Figma files, so we will need to convert into one of these formats first.

Let’s get started

Please note: You need to have a working version of Sketch installed on your Mac or a Figma account (the Free plan is fine) as Principle requires this to do the import of the converted file..

Convert your XD File to Sketch or Figma

  1. Upload your file to XD2Sketch - go to XD to Sketch converter or our XD to Figma converter and drag a file to the converter or click on browse to upload your file.

    xd2sketch uploading dialog
  2. Select your plan - Click on convert now and select your plan.

  3. Complete the checkout - enter your details and complete the checkout. Your file will now convert from the XD to Sketch/Figma.

  4. Download your file - click the arrow button to download the converted file.

    xd2sketch downloading dialog

Now let’s import the file into Principle.

Importing into Principle

The Sketch method

  1. Open the converted file in Sketch

  2. Open Principle

  3. Click on the import button on the left of the screen to start the upload

    principle import

    Click on File > Import from Sketch

    principle import sketch
  4. Principle should detect your open Sketch file. You can now select pages to import from Sketch or select the artboards in Sketch (hold Shift and click on the names of the artboards) first and then you will be able to import the selected artboards.

    principle sketch dialog

Now you are ready to enjoy using Principle to create a high fidelity animated prototype!

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The Figma method

  1. Open the converted file in Figma

  2. Open Principle

  3. Then go to the main menu and select:

    Click on File > Import from Figma

    principle import

    OR

    Click on the Import button

    principle import figma
  4. Click on Connect To Figma

    principle figma dialog
  5. Sign in to Figma

    figma signin
  6. Click on Allow access

    principle allow access
  7. You can now select a file to import into Principle. You can import pages or you can select the Frames in Figma (hold Shift and click on the names of the artboards)

    principle figma dialog allowed access

The file will be imported and now you are ready to add all kinds of interactions and animations to your artboards.

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