The Abstract plugin

When you open Sketch and Adobe XD files through Abstract, the Abstract plugin appears at the bottom of your Sketch window or in the Adobe XD plugins panel. The plugin is automatically installed when you download the Abstract macOS app.

The Abstract plugin in Sketch

Use the Sketch plugin to commit changes from your Sketch files to Abstract. You can move the plugin by clicking the Abstract logo on the plugin.

Sketch error: Could not connect to Abstract plugin

This error can happen when you attempt to open a Sketch file through Abstract. If Sketch crashes, it relaunches in Safe Mode. When this happens, Sketch disables all plugins until you manually relaunch the program.

You can resolve the "Could not connect to Abstract plugin" by restarting both Abstract and Sketch to re-enable your plugins. If this error continues, you may need to uninstall and reinstall the Abstract plugin. 

To uninstall and reinstall the plugin:

  1. Quit Abstract.
  2. Launch Sketch.
  3. Select Plugins > Manage Plugins
  4. Right click Abstract
  5. Select Uninstall Abstract > Move to Trash
  6. Relaunch Abstract and attempt to open your file.

If these steps do not resolve this, please contact Support with a copy of the debug logs.

What to do when Sketch crashes

When Sketch crashes, it could be Abstract, Sketch, or another Sketch plugin.

Please send debug logs to our Support team for help.

The Abstract plugin in Adobe XD

New installations of the Abstract mac app and plugin for use with Adobe XD are no longer available as of November 23, 2020.

The Abstract plugin in Adobe XD lives in the plugins panel and provides context for the Artboards you’re working on.

#1: Show in Abstract

Select an Artboard, then click Show in Abstract to navigate to the Layer Detail of this particular Artboard in Abstract.

#2: Details

This section provides context on which project and branch you are working from. Click View to navigate to the project or Branch overview in Abstract.

#3: Libraries

Here you can see all the libraries available to this project, including libraries specific to this project as well as libraries linked from other projects.

Click Open next to a library file to open the file and copy / paste components from the file. If you open a library file specific to this project, you can edit to the components from here. If you open a library file linked from another project, the file opens untracked and you can't edit components.

Click View next to a library file to navigate the Files list in the Abstract app. Abstract highlights the library file.

#4: Commit changes

After you have saved changes to your Adobe XD file, you can commit your changes to Abstract by clicking Commit changes. The quick commit modal opens.

Click More Options to navigate to a fullscreen commit modal in Abstract.