How to Use Figma Plugins

You can install plugins from the Figma Community or directly from the design canvas using the “Resources” feature. Once a plugin is installed, you can access it by right-clicking on a design element and hovering over the “Plugins” button in the menu to see the list of “Saved” plugins.

Hi! My name is Yana, and for the past year, I’ve been working with Figma frequently to create graphic designs for blogs and social media. I use various plugins and believe that Figma’s experience would be entirely different without them.

In this article, I will show you how to install, run, and uninstall plugins in Figma. Additionally, I will answer the frequently asked questions and share some of my favorite plugins with you.

Let’s dive in.

Key Takeaways

  • Figma plugins are essential as they enhance the software’s functionality and help you speed up the design process.
  • Keep an eye on the Figma Community to find trending and helpful plugins.
  • Remove and reinstall a plugin if you experience any problems using it. Relaunching the Figma app or computer can also help.

How to Install Figma Plugin

There are a few ways you can install a Figma plugin. Let’s take a closer look at each of them.

Install a Plugin from Figma Community

This method is great as you can search through hundreds of plugins and find some interesting options that may help you during your daily practice.

Step 1. Open the Figma web app or computer application and from the home page press the Explore Community button in the top right corner. This will take you to the Figma Community. 

Step 2. Next, scroll down to find the filter menu. In the dropdown menu, choose Plugins instead of All Resources, which is what Figma has set by default.

Step 3. Explore the Figma plugins by filtering them by price, type of creators, and products.

Step 4. You can click the Try it out button to try the plugin right away or click on its name to learn more about the plugin. Press the Try it out button in the newly opened window when you are ready to install it.

Step 5. Next, you will see a new tab with the plugin name on top of the screen. Open it and click on the More button with three dots to Save the plugin to your library.

From Figma Design Workspace

While the previous method is useful for exploring the plugin library and discovering new options, the following method is ideal when you already know the name of the plugin you wish to install.

Step 1. Open a design page and find the Resources button on the top menu.

Step 2. Next, select the Plugins tab and start typing the plugin name into the search bar. You will see the suggestions from the Figma community below the search bar.

Step 3. Once you find the correct plugin, click on its name to open the info page, and then click on the More button to save the plugin.

You also can hit the Run button to apply the plugin without saving it to the library.

How to Run Figma Plugins

You did a great job saving a plugin to your account, but now you may be wondering how to locate it.

Start by right-clicking a design frame or a design element you want to apply a plugin to. 

In the dropdown window, find the Plugins button and hover over it to see the Saved plugins tab with the list of plugins. Then click on any plugin to run it.

Even though this is the quickest method, you can also access the saved plugins list by using the Resources button at the top of the screen.

How to Remove Figma Plugin

If you want to keep your design space organized, you can remove the plugins you’ve stopped using from your library.

Select the Resources button and then the Plugins tab. Next, find the Saved option from the top menu to see the list of your plugins.

Hover over the name of the plugin you want to remove to see the More button with three dots on it and click on it to remove the plugin.


Here are some of the frequently asked questions about Figma plugins.

How Do I Add Plugins to My Figma Team?

First, you need to browse for the plugin from your team’s account. When you find the plugin you want to install, hit the Save for Everyone button for the plugin to be available for each team member.

Why Can’t I Run Plugins in Figma?

There are a few ways to fix it. Restart the browser version or app of Figma. Try to remove and re-install the plugin that isn’t working. Restarting your computer or installing the latest Figma version may also help. If nothing works, get in touch with Figma support and report a bug.

Are Figma Plugins Free?

Most Figma plugins are available for free. However, some plugins may require a one-time purchase or offer more features through a premium plan.

Final Thoughts

With hundreds of great plugins available, Figma makes designers’ routines more productive, saving them tons of time. I can’t imagine working in Figma without the Unsplash plugin to select free images, Material Symbols for icons, and Automatic Style Guides to keep the design styles organized.

What plugin is essential to your design workflow? Share your favorite Figma plugin in the comments section below.

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