How I Started Using Sketch App In Windows

Martijn Schoenmaker
Feb 1, 2016 · 7 min read

Important Edit

Before you read on I want to make sure everyone is getting the most out of this article. This story is about getting Sketch on Windows, and this part won’t change that. But as Sketch has been on the market for quite some time now, there are some new applications that enable you to at least view the Sketch files on your Windows pc. If you want to know how to get Sketch on your Windows pc, read on. If you want to know more about these applications, scroll down to the section “Viewing Sketch files in Windows”.

About Sketch

As a Windows 10 user I am one of the many designers who cry when someone comes up with the term “Sketch”. If you don’t, then you have no idea what Sketch is. Sketch is an amazing app for Mac that allows you to easily create stunning designs, mostly for UI and UX designers. As Bohemian Coding (creators of Sketch) states:


Sketch And Windows?

But if you say that Sketch is a Mac only app, how can you run it on Windows? Is there a hack or something?

Sketch’s basic interface

How To Install OS X and Sketch

But how do you get it to work? Let’s get on with it!


Note

I know the original YouTube link does not work anymore and the files on my pc are over 9 gigabytes, so sending them isn’t really an option. There are many other links online that will get you OS X El Capitan 10.11 on your Windows PC. I have updated the YouTube link with another one that does almost the same. I am not, however, taking any responsibilities towards anyone installing VMware.


Viewing Sketch files in Windows

So, if you don’t want to or are not able to install Sketch via VMWare there are ways to only view Sketch files in Windows. It’s definitely not the same as editing, but it can be a useful tool to have, especially for developers. There are, as we speak, quite a few tools available. I’ll be listing 3 of them, with each one of them doing things a bit differently.

Lunacy

Zeplin

Avocode

Conclusion

I could explain you all the ins and outs of these applications but there are already tons of useful articles on Medium available. I would recommend you to test out these applications yourself and choose your favorite!


Sources

YouTube
How to Install OS X El Capitan 10.11 on VMware PC
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmqtE8jzDlQ (I have not used this tutorial myself)

Super Helpful Sketch Tips, Tricks & Tutorials

You can always follow me to keep yourself updated about new Sketch tips, but I can recommend you to use Medium’s search query to look up more about Sketch. You will find a lot of interesting articles. Also this guy (Marc Andrew) does an amazing job at explaining al the ins and outs of Sketch and above all, why you should use it!

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UI/UX Designer @ Webbio

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The best collection of articles, tips, tutorials, and stories on designing and prototyping with Sketch and beyond