System requirements


If you’re working with sizable files, such as ones involving many artboards, a newer Mac with more RAM will improve performance. 

We recommend a minimum of 4GB of RAM. For best performance, we suggest at least 8GB of RAM.

Operating system

To help avoid performance and compatibility issues, Abstract version 95 and later runs best on macOS Mojave (10.14.4) or later. We recommend macOS Catalina (10.15.6) for best performance. 

To update your Mac operating system, please note hardware requirements for Mojave and Catalina, and please follow Apple’s instructions to upgrade.

As Sketch is not supported on the Windows operating system, an Abstract desktop app for Windows is not offered. Windows users can still access the Abstract web app to view projects and Collections.


You’ll need a stable internet connection to be able to install and update the Abstract desktop app, as well for syncing your local machine to/from Abstract servers and for accessing the Abstract web app

If your connection is unstable or has periods of low bandwidth, syncing performance may be impacted. Internet with faster upload and download speeds can greatly improve syncing speeds between your local machine and our servers in the US-East region.

If you’re using a VPN or proxy to access the internet, please safelist the domains officially associated with Abstract.

Web browser

For best performance, we recommend using the latest version of the Google Chrome or Firefox browsers to access the Abstract web app.


To open and make changes in files, and to commit, you’ll need to install Sketch and place it in your Applications folder. We support legacy versions of Sketch but recommend using the latest available version.

If you’re part of our Adobe XD beta, you’ll need to install Adobe XD and place it in your Applications folder.

If you’ll be contributing to designs in Sketch or XD, you’ll also need to install the Abstract desktop app and place it in your Applications folder.

Please make sure that there’s only one copy each of Sketch, Adobe XD, and Abstract in your Applications folder.

File size

We recommend importing files no larger than 250MB. Abstract performs best when individual files are smaller than 250MB, contain less than 2500 artboards, and have reduced complexity by way of fewer pages in a file.