Figma Plugin

With the Crowdin plugin for Figma, you can use texts from Crowdin in your designs to save time for both designers and developers. These could include original or translated texts. If necessary, you can add new ones (e.g., dialog titles, button labels) and send them to translators in Crowdin.

Use Cases

  • Quickly generate multilingual creative assets.
  • Translate mockups and test them in different languages before the programming starts.
  • Stop using ‘Lorem Ipsum’, add real texts from Crowdin to your prototypes instead.
  • Create and upload source strings from your designs to your Crowdin project. This way, uploaded strings could be used by developers, which reduces time spent on development.
  • Upload tagged screenshots to your Crowdin project.

Installing Crowdin for Figma Plugin

  1. Sign in to Figma.
  2. Select Plugins > Manage plugins… in the File Browser.
  3. Click Community on the left panel.
  4. Use the Search field to find Crowdin for Figma plugin.
  5. Switch to the Plugins category in the search results.
  6. Click Install next to the plugin.

Connecting Figma with Crowdin Account

Setting up Crowdin Credentials

Note: To set up Figma integration, you need to have manager or owner permissions in the Crowdin project.

To specify your Crowdin credentials in Figma, follow these steps:

  1. In Figma File Browser, go to Plugins > Crowdin for Figma.
  2. Switch to Settings.
  3. Provide your Personal Access Token.
  4. Click Connect. Figma Plugin Connect to Crowdin

To generate a new token in Crowdin, follow these steps:

  • Go to Account Settings > API tab, Personal Access Tokens section, and click New Token.
  • Specify Token Name and click Create. Crowdin Personal Access Token

Selecting Crowdin project

To select the project you’d like to work with, click the drop-down menu in Settings > Select Crowdin Project, and select a project from the list. Later on, you can use the same drop-down menu to switch to another project if needed. Figma Plugin Selecting Crowdin Project

Additionally, you can select the specific branch your content will be uploaded to. Figma Plugin Selecting Branch

UI Localization

Use the Strings tab when localizing UI and working on dynamic pages with your development and marketing teams. In this tab, you can add source strings from Crowdin to your designs in Figma in a click. After the texts are used in the designs, you can automatically upload tagged screenshots for translators’ reference back to Crowdin.

Using Source Strings from Crowdin in Figma

  1. Open the Crowdin plugin for Figma.
  2. In the Strings tab, use the Search field to find the specific copy. You can search strings by source text, string identifier, or context. Figma Plugin Strings Tab
  3. Select the text layer you want to add text to and click on the needed string. Figma Plugin Using Source Strings from Crowdin in Figma

After using the source strings from Crowdin in your designs, you can preview translations for these strings in Figma and upload screenshots for them to your Crowdin project.

Adding Source Strings from Figma to Crowdin

You can add the strings that are already used in the designs or create and add completely new strings.

  1. Open the Crowdin plugin for Figma.
  2. Select the needed string(s) on the frames to add the strings used in the designs. Alternatively, skip this step if you want to add a new string.
  3. In the Strings tab, click .
  4. In the appeared dialog, fill in the required fields and click Add Strings. Figma Plugin Add String

To add the same string(s) into multiple files in Crowdin, alternately select the needed files from the File drop-down menu.

Figma Plugin Add String To Multiple Files

Added strings will be transferred to your Crowdin project and also will be displayed in the list of the Strings tab. You can edit or delete the strings from the same list anytime. The respective changes will also be applied to the strings in your Crowdin project.

Key Naming Pattern Settings

To simplify adding strings from Figma to the Crowdin project, you can set up the desired key naming pattern for the source string identifiers in the plugin settings. The Crowdin plugin for Figma will suggest the string identifiers for new strings based on the selected pattern. While adding new source strings, you can always edit the suggested identifier to the preferred look.

To select the key naming pattern, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Crowdin plugin for Figma.
  2. Switch to Settings.
  3. In the Key naming pattern section, select the preferred option from the drop-down menu.

Uploading Tagged Screenshots to Crowdin

  1. Open the Crowdin plugin for Figma.
  2. In the Strings section, use texts from the Crowdin project in your designs. Click to upload screenshots of the frames that include the used texts.
  3. To update screenshots on Crowdin, click again.

To learn more, read the article Screenshots.

Previewing Strings

To preview translations from Crowdin for strings that you used in the designs in Figma, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Crowdin plugin for Figma.
  2. In the Strings > Preview Strings section, select the target language you want to preview translations for. You can also choose All languages.
  3. Choose the content you want to preview in Figma. Select All Frames or Selected Frames. Figma Plugin Preview Strings

Marketing Visuals Localization

Use the Page Translation tab to localize static pages, like brochures and banners. In this tab, you can send texts with context for translators to Crowdin and upload translated copies back to Figma.

Sending Texts for Translation to Crowdin

You can send text for translation either from selected or all frames from a Figma file. Translators will work with those texts in the list view and use designs as an additional context for even higher translation quality.

In Crowdin, a root folder figma-plugin will be created. It will contain a subfolder named after your Figma file with HTML files for each frame inside. If needed, you can disable content segmentation in the plugin Settings so the long texts will not be split into sentences.

To send Figma designs for translation, follow these steps:

  1. Open the necessary Figma file.
  2. Go to Plugins > Crowdin for Figma.
  3. In the Page Translation > Figma to Crowdin section, select content you’d like to send to Crowdin. Select All Frames or Selected Frames. Figma Plugin Send Texts

When the source files are uploaded to your Crowdin project, you can invite contributors to translate and proofread them.

Read more about translation strategies.

Uploading Translations from Crowdin to Figma

You can synchronize texts between Figma and Crowdin projects whenever you want to test the translated copy inside Figma or generate multilingual assets.

To upload translated copies to Figma, follow these steps:

  1. Open the necessary Figma file.
  2. Go to Plugins > Crowdin for Figma.
  3. In the Page Translation tab, Crowdin to Figma section, select the target language you want to upload translations for. You can also select All languages.
  4. Select the content you want to preview in Figma. Select All Frames or Selected Frames.
    Note: Page names in Figma can consist of only letters (a-z, A-Z), numbers (0-9), and special characters - _ .

    Figma Plugin Upload Translations

After uploading translations to Figma, the modified file will contain a separate frame with translations for each target language. The newly uploaded translated versions won’t override the ones you uploaded previously. You can always delete the translated copies you no longer need. Figma Plugin Uploaded Translations

If you’d like the newly uploaded translated versions to override the previously uploaded ones, open the plugin Settings and select Override existing translations.

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