Sketch is an app that's Mac OSX only.

Its used for UI design and my company uses it. I can't run the app in Ubuntu.

Is there any program for Ubuntu that can view these kind of file collections?

It's basically a folder with a .sketch ending containing a "Data" file with no ending and some other stuff.

  • What do you mean by "these files"? Because you begin the next sentence with "It's basically a folder". – user25656 Jan 21 '14 at 8:11
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    Updated the wording of the question :) – Artog Jan 21 '14 at 8:14
  • Is there any update on this based on the available software for LTS 16.x.x? – jerome Aug 5 '16 at 16:46

Figma can import Sketch files. It's web-based and should work fine on Ubuntu as long as your browser supports WebGL.

  • But this is on the web. how can i open by some plugin program? – Benny Mar 5 '17 at 18:02

I would recommend a free web-based photo editor Photopea, that can open Sketch files. After opening, you can edit it, save as JPG, PNG, SVG, PSD, etc :)


I am a creator of Photopea and I am ready to help you if you have any questions :)

  • Excellent web app to open Sketch files! Haven't tried with other formats, since I only get .sketch nowadays for my app designs. The tool could be a bit more intuitive and user friendly, but I have been able to figure things out pretty quickly and smoothly. Thanks for sharing the tool you're creating Ivan Kuckir – xarlymg89 Jan 17 '18 at 9:46
  • Crashed when I tried opening an average 35MB .sketch :( – fgblomqvist Jul 25 '18 at 21:49
  • @fgblomqvist it should be fixed now. You should get an option to decrease the resolution, in case you don't have enough RAM. – Ivan Kuckir Mar 25 at 15:57

Maybe Inkscape could do that. source: Inkscape - import/export

Inkscape is available on the software centre:


From Inkscape FAQ: What formats can Inkscape import/export?

Inkscape natively supports opening or importing SVG, SVGZ (gzipped SVG), PDF, and AI (Adobe Illustrator) formats.

With the help of extensions, Inkscape can open a number other vector formats. For importing PostScript or EPS, you need to install Ghostscript and make sure ps2pdf is in your PATH. For formats of Dia, XFig, or Sketch, you need to have these programs installed. For CorelDraw, CGM, and SK1 files, you need to have UniConverter installed.

Inkscape can natively import most raster formats (JPEG, PNG, GIF, etc.) as bitmap images, but it can only export PNG bitmaps.

Inkscape can save as SVG, SVGZ, PDF, Postscript/EPS/EPSi, Adobe Illustrator (*.ai), LaTeX (*.tex), POVRay (*.pov), HPGL, and others.

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    Sadly it didn't work :( – Artog Jan 21 '14 at 9:45
  • the Inkscape FAQ page talks of some extensions.. can't say if they'll help or not.. – precise Jan 21 '14 at 10:06
  • Might work with a export from Sketch, but I don't know how willing they are to do that – Artog Jan 21 '14 at 10:10
  • Once I installed Sketchup in WINE... I think it worked. – Ljiljan Veselinovic Nov 24 '15 at 18:45
  • Inkscape does not support .sketch files. – joshas Oct 29 '17 at 16:32

You can install Skencil which apparently opens those formats as well :)


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    currently only available for older versions of ubuntu. – kapad Mar 19 '16 at 12:35
  • Skencil does not support Sketch files and was not updated since 2010. – joshas Oct 29 '17 at 16:31
  • Not available on newer versions of Ubuntu, and doesn't seem to be able to open Sketch files. – xarlymg89 Jan 17 '18 at 9:27

You can view .sketch files in the browser with https://sketchviewer.com

  • Great option if you only want to view the files. I wanted to see as well details of the design, like colors or distances, which sadly is not provided. But it's a very good alternative to view the design right away. – xarlymg89 Jan 17 '18 at 9:23

Looks like that avocode finally did it -> https://avocode.com/open-sketch-on-linux

  • Welcome to Ask Ubuntu, while this link may answer the question, it's better to include essential parts here. – Codito ergo sum Jul 25 at 2:57
  • Tnx for the feedback. To be honest I do not know what else I can include here :D I have the product name and link to download. If you think there is anything else that I can include please let me know. – kaptan Jul 25 at 4:07

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